April 14

Deuteronomy 21

1If, in the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you come across the dead body of a man in the open country, and you have no idea who has put him to death:

2Then your responsible men and your judges are to come out, and give orders for the distance from the dead body to the towns round about it to be measured;

3And whichever town is nearest to the body, the responsible men of that town are to take from the herd a young cow which has never been used for work or put under the yoke;

4And they are to take the cow into a valley where there is flowing water, and which is not ploughed or planted, and there the neck of the cow is to be broken:

5Then the priests, the sons of Levi, are to come near; for they have been marked out by the Lord your God to be his servants and to give blessings in the name of the Lord; and by their decision every argument and every blow is to be judged:

6And all the responsible men of that town which is nearest to the dead man, washing their hands over the cow whose neck was broken in the valley,

7Will say, This death is not the work of our hands and our eyes have not seen it.

8Have mercy, O Lord, on your people Israel whom you have made free, and take away from your people the crime of a death without cause. Then they will no longer be responsible for the man’s death.

9So you will take away the crime of a death without cause from among you, when you do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

10When you go out to war against other nations, and the Lord your God gives them up into your hands and you take them as prisoners;

11If among the prisoners you see a beautiful woman and it is your desire to make her your wife;

12Then take her back to your house; and let her hair and her nails be cut;

13And let her take off the dress in which she was made prisoner and go on living in your house and weeping for her father and mother for a full month: and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she will be your wife.

14But if you have no delight in her, you are to let her go wherever she will; you may not take a price for her as if she was your property, for you have made use of her for your pleasure.

15If a man has two wives, one greatly loved and the other hated, and the two of them have had children by him; and if the first son is the child of the hated wife:

16Then when he gives his property to his sons for their heritage, he is not to put the son of his loved one in the place of the first son, the son of the hated wife:

17But he is to give his first son his birthright, and twice as great a part of his property: for he is the first-fruits of his strength and the right of the first son is his.

18If a man has a son who is hard-hearted and uncontrolled, who gives no attention to the voice of his father and mother, and will not be ruled by them, though they give him punishment:

19Then let his father and mother take him to the responsible men of the town, to the public place;

20And say to them, This son of ours is hard-hearted and uncontrolled, he will not give attention to us; he gives himself up to pleasure and strong drink.

21Then he is to be stoned to death by all the men of the town: so you are to put away the evil from among you; and all Israel, hearing of it, will be full of fear.

22If a man does a crime for which the punishment is death, and he is put to death by hanging him on a tree;

23Do not let his body be on the tree all night, but put it to rest in the earth the same day; for the man who undergoes hanging is cursed by God; so do not make unclean the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage.

Deuteronomy 22

1If you see your brother’s ox or his sheep wandering, do not go by without helping, but take them back to your brother.

2If their owner is not near, or if you are not certain who he is, then take the beast to your house and keep it till its owner comes in search of it, and then you are to give it back to him.

3Do the same with his ass or his robe or anything which has gone from your brother’s keeping and which you have come across: do not keep it to yourself.

4If you see your brother’s ox or his ass falling down on the road, do not go by without giving him help in lifting it up again.

5It is not right for a woman to be dressed in man’s clothing, or for a man to put on a woman’s robe: whoever does such things is disgusting to the Lord your God.

6If by chance you see a place which a bird has made for itself in a tree or on the earth, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird seated on the young ones or on the eggs, do not take the mother bird with the young:

7See that you let the mother bird go, but the young ones you may take; so it will be well for you and your life will be long.

8If you are building a house, make a railing for the roof, so that the blood of any man falling from it will not come on your house.

9Do not have your vine-garden planted with two sorts of seed: or all of it may become a loss, the seed you have put in as well as the increase.

10Do not do your ploughing with an ox and an ass yoked together.

11Do not have clothing made of two sorts of thread, wool and linen together.

12On the four edges of your robe, with which your body is covered, put ornaments of twisted threads.

13If any man takes a wife, and having had connection with her, has no delight in her,

14And says evil things about her and gives her a bad name, saying, I took this woman, and when I had connection with her it was clear to me that she was not a virgin:

15Then let the girl’s father and mother put before the responsible men of the town, in the public place, signs that the girl was a virgin:

16And let the girl’s father say to the responsible men, I gave my daughter to this man for his wife, but he has no love for her;

17And now he has put shame on her, saying that she is not a virgin; but here is the sign that she is a virgin. Then they are to put her clothing before the responsible men of the town.

18Then the responsible men of the town are to give the man his punishment;

19They will take from him a hundred shekels of silver, which are to be given to the father of the girl, because he has given an evil name to a virgin of Israel: she will go on being his wife, he may never put her away all his life.

20But if what he has said is true, and she is seen to be not a virgin,

21Then they are to make the girl come to the door of her father’s house and she will be stoned to death by the men of the town, because she has done evil and put shame on Israel, by acting as a loose woman in her father’s house: so you are to put away evil from among you.

22If a man is taken in the act of going in to a married woman, the two of them, the man as well as the woman, are to be put to death: so you are to put away the evil from Israel.

23If a young virgin has given her word to be married to a man, and another man meeting her in the town, has connection with her;

24Then you are to take the two of them to the doorway of the town, and have them stoned to death; the young virgin, because she gave no cry for help, though it was in the town, and the man, because he has put shame on his neighbour’s wife: so you are to put away evil from among you.

25But if the man, meeting such a virgin in the open country, takes her by force, then only the man is to be put to death;

26Nothing is to be done to the virgin, because there is no cause of death in her: it is the same as if a man made an attack on his neighbour and put him to death:

27For he came across her in the open country, and there was no one to come to the help of the virgin in answer to her cry.

28If a man sees a young virgin, who has not given her word to be married to anyone, and he takes her by force and has connection with her, and discovery is made of it;

29Then the man will have to give the virgin’s father fifty shekels of silver and make her his wife, because he has put shame on her; he may never put her away all his life.

30A man may not take his father’s wife or have sex relations with a woman who is his father’s.

Job 14

1As for man, the son of woman, his days are short and full of trouble.

2He comes out like a flower, and is cut down: he goes in flight like a shade, and is never seen again.

3Is it on such a one as this that your eyes are fixed, with the purpose of judging him?

4If only a clean thing might come out of an unclean! But it is not possible.

5If his days are ordered, and you have knowledge of the number of his months, having given him a fixed limit past which he may not go;

6Let your eyes be turned away from him, and take your hand from him, so that he may have pleasure at the end of his day, like a servant working for payment.

7For there is hope of a tree; if it is cut down, it will come to life again, and its branches will not come to an end.

8Though its root may be old in the earth, and its cut-off end may be dead in the dust;

9Still, at the smell of water, it will make buds, and put out branches like a young plant.

10But man comes to his death and is gone: he gives up his spirit, and where is he?

11The waters go from a pool, and a river becomes waste and dry;

12So man goes down to his last resting-place and comes not again: till the heavens come to an end, they will not be awake or come out of their sleep.

13If only you would keep me safe in the underworld, putting me in a secret place till your wrath is past, giving me a fixed time when I might come to your memory again!

14If death takes a man, will he come to life again? All the days of my trouble I would be waiting, till the time came for me to be free.

15At the sound of your voice I would give an answer, and you would have a desire for the work of your hands.

16For now my steps are numbered by you, and my sin is not overlooked.

17My wrongdoing is corded up in a bag, and my sin is shut up safe.

18But truly a mountain falling comes to dust, and a rock is moved from its place;

19The stones are crushed small by the force of the waters; the dust of the earth is washed away by their overflowing: and so you put an end to the hope of man.

20You overcome him for ever, and he is gone; his face is changed in death, and you send him away.

21His sons come to honour, and he has no knowledge of it; they are made low, but he is not conscious of it.

22Only his flesh still has pain, and his soul is sad.

Acts 4:23-37

23And when they had been made free, they came back to their friends, and gave an account of all the things which the chief priests and the authorities had said to them.

24And hearing it, they all, with one mind, made prayer to God and said, O Lord, maker of heaven and earth and the sea and all things in them:

25Who has said, by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David your servant, Why are the nations so violently moved, and why are the thoughts of the people so foolish?

26The kings of the earth were lifted up, the rulers came together, against the Lord, and against his Christ:

27For, truly, in this town, against your holy servant, Jesus, who was marked out by you as Christ, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, came together,

28To do that which had been fixed before by your hand and your purpose.

29And now, Lord, take note of their cruel words, and give your servants power to be preachers of your word without fear,

30While your hand is stretched out to do works of mercy; so that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

31And when their prayer was ended, the place where they were was violently moved, and they all became full of the Holy Spirit, preaching the word of God without fear.

32And all those who were of the faith were one in heart and soul: and not one of them said that any of the things which he had was his property only; but they had all things in common.

33And with great power the Apostles gave witness of the coming back of the Lord Jesus from the dead; and grace was on them all.

34And no one among them was in need; for everyone who had land or houses, exchanging them for money, took the price of them,

35And put it at the feet of the Apostles for distribution to everyone as he had need.

36And Joseph, who was given by the Apostles the name of Barnabas (the sense of which is, Son of comfort), a Levite and a man of Cyprus by birth,

37Having a field, got money for it and put the money at the feet of the Apostles.

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