April 10

Deuteronomy 13

1If ever you have among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams and he gives you a sign or a wonder,

2And the sign or the wonder takes place, and he says to you, Let us go after other gods, which are strange to you, and give them worship;

3Then give no attention to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God is testing you, to see if all the love of your heart and soul is given to him.

4But keep on in the ways of the Lord your God, fearing him and keeping his orders and hearing his voice, worshipping him and being true to him.

5And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams is to be put to death; for his words were said with the purpose of turning you away from the Lord your God, who took you out of the land of Egypt and made you free from the prison-house; and of forcing you out of the way in which the Lord your God has given you orders to go. So you are to put away the evil from among you.

6If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife of your heart, or the friend who is as dear to you as your life, working on you secretly says to you, Let us go and give worship to other gods, strange to you and to your fathers;

7Gods of the peoples round about you, near or far, from one end of the earth to the other;

8Do not be guided by him or give attention to him; have no pity on him or mercy, and give him no cover;

9But put him to death without question; let your hand be the first stretched out against him to put him to death, and then the hands of all the people.

10Let him be stoned with stones till he is dead; because it was his purpose to make you false to the Lord your God, who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house.

11And all Israel, hearing of it, will be full of fear, and no one will again do such evil as this among you.

12And if word comes to you, in one of the towns which the Lord your God is giving you for your resting-place,

13That good-for-nothing persons have gone out from among you, turning the people of their town from the right way and saying, Let us go and give worship to other gods, of whom you have no knowledge;

14Then let a full search be made, and let questions be put with care; and if it is true and certain that such a disgusting thing has been done among you;

15Then take up arms against the people of that town and give it up to the curse, with all its cattle and everything in it.

16And take all the goods into the middle of its open space, burning the town and all its property with fire as an offering to the Lord your God; it is to be a waste for ever; there is to be no more building there.

17Keep not a thing of what is cursed for yourselves: so the Lord may be turned away from the heat of his wrath, and have mercy on you, and give you increase as he said in his oath to your fathers:

18So long as you give ear to the voice of the Lord your God, and keep all his orders which I give you today, and do what is right in the eyes of the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 14

1You are the children of the Lord your God: you are not to make cuts on your bodies or take off the hair on your brows in honour of the dead;

2For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has taken you to be his special people out of all the nations on the face of the earth.

3No disgusting thing may be your food.

4These are the beasts which you may have for food: the ox, the sheep, and the goat;

5The hart, the gazelle, and the roe, the mountain goat and the pygarg and the antelope and the mountain sheep.

6Any beast which has a division in the horn of its foot and whose food comes back into its mouth to be crushed again, may be used for food.

7But even among these, there are some which may not be used for food: such as the camel, the hare, and the coney, which are unclean to you, because, though their food comes back, the horn of their feet is not parted in two.

8And the pig is unclean to you, because though it has a division in the horn of its foot, its food does not come back; their flesh may not be used for food or their dead bodies touched by you.

9And of the things living in the waters, you may take all those who have wings for swimming with and skins formed of thin plates.

10But any which have no skin-plates or wings for swimming, you may not take; they are unclean for you.

11All clean birds may be used for food.

12But these birds you may not take: the eagle and the gier-eagle and the ospray;

13The falcon and the kite, and birds of that sort;

14Every raven, and all birds of that sort;

15And the ostrich and the night-hawk and the sea-hawk and birds of that sort;

16The little owl and the great owl and the water-hen;

17And the pelican and the vulture and the cormorant;

18The stork and the heron and birds of that sort, and the hoopoe and the bat.

19Every winged thing which goes flat on the earth is unclean to you and may not be used as food.

20But all clean birds you may take.

21You may not have as food anything which has come to a natural death; the man from another country who is living with you may take it for food, or you may get a price for it from one of another nation; for you are a holy people to the Lord your God. The young goat is not to be cooked in its mother’s milk.

22Put on one side a tenth of all the increase of your seed, produced year by year.

23And make a feast before the Lord your God, in the place which is to be marked out, where his name will be for ever, of the tenth part of your grain and your wine and your oil, and the first births of your herds and your flocks; so that you may have the fear of the Lord your God in your hearts at all times.

24And if the way is so long that you are not able to take these things to the place marked out by the Lord your God for his name, when he has given you his blessing, because it is far away from you;

25Then let these things be exchanged for money, and, taking the money in your hand, go to the place marked out by the Lord your God for himself;

26And with the money get whatever you have a desire for, oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your soul’s desire may be: and make a feast there before the Lord your God, and be glad, you and all your house;

27And give a thought to the Levite who is living among you, for he has no part or heritage in the land.

28At the end of every three years take a tenth part of all your increase for that year, and put it in store inside your walls:

29And the Levite, because he has no part or heritage in the land, and the man from a strange country, and the child who has no father, and the widow, who are living among you, will come and take food and have enough; and so the blessing of the Lord your God will be on you in everything you do.

Job 10

1My soul is tired of life; I will let my sad thoughts go free in words; my soul will make a bitter outcry.

2I will say to God, Do not put me down as a sinner; make clear to me what you have against me.

3What profit is it to you to be cruel, to give up the work of your hands, looking kindly on the design of evil-doers?

4Have you eyes of flesh, or do you see as man sees?

5Are your days as the days of man, or your years like his,

6That you take note of my sin, searching after my wrongdoing,

7Though you see that I am not an evil-doer; and there is no one who is able to take a man out of your hands?

8Your hands made me, and I was formed by you, but then, changing your purpose, you gave me up to destruction.

9O keep in mind that you made me out of earth; and will you send me back again to dust?

10Was I not drained out like milk, becoming hard like cheese?

11By you I was clothed with skin and flesh, and joined together with bones and muscles.

12You have been kind to me, and your grace has been with me, and your care has kept my spirit safe.

13But you kept these things in the secret of your heart; I am certain this was in your thoughts:

14That, if I did wrong, you would take note of it, and would not make me clear from sin:

15That, if I was an evil-doer, the curse would come on me; and if I was upright, my head would not be lifted up, being full of shame and overcome with trouble.

16And that if there was cause for pride, you would go after me like a lion; and again put out your wonders against me:

17That you would send new witnesses against me, increasing your wrath against me, and letting loose new armies on me.

18Why then did you make me come out of my mother’s body? It would have been better for me to have taken my last breath, and for no eye to have seen me,

19And for me to have been as if I had not been; to have been taken from my mother’s body straight to my last resting-place.

20Are not the days of my life small in number? Let your eyes be turned away from me, so that I may have a little pleasure,

21Before I go to the place from which I will not come back, to the land where all is dark and black,

22A land of thick dark, without order, where the very light is dark.

Acts 2:1-13

1And when the day of Pentecost was come, they were all together in one place.

2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the rushing of a violent wind, and all the house where they were was full of it.

3And they saw tongues, like flames of fire, coming to rest on every one of them.

4And they were all full of the Holy Spirit, and were talking in different languages, as the Spirit gave them power.

5Now there were living at Jerusalem, Jews, God-fearing men, from every nation under heaven.

6And when this sound came to their ears, they all came together, and were greatly surprised because every man was hearing the words of the disciples in his special language.

7And they were full of wonder and said, Are not all these men Galilaeans?

8And how is it that every one of us is hearing their words in the language which was ours from our birth?

9Men of Parthia, Media, and Elam, and those living in Mesopotamia, in Judaea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia,

10In Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and those who have come from Rome, Jews by birth and others who have become Jews,

11Men of Crete and Arabia, to all of us they are talking in our different languages, of the great works of God.

12And they were all surprised and in doubt saying to one another, What is the reason of this?

13But others, making sport of them, said, They are full of new wine.

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