February 12

Exodus 6:28-30

28And on the day when the word of the Lord came to Moses in the land of Egypt,

29The Lord said to Moses, I am the Lord: say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, everything I am saying to you.

30And Moses said to the Lord, My lips are unclean; how is it possible that Pharaoh will give me a hearing?

Exodus 7

1And the Lord said to Moses, See I have made you a god to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother will be your prophet.

2Say whatever I give you orders to say: and Aaron your brother will give word to Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of his land.

3And I will make Pharaoh’s heart hard, and my signs and wonders will be increased in the land of Egypt.

4But Pharaoh will not give ear to you, and I will put my hand on Egypt, and take my armies, my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt, after great punishments.

5And the Egyptians will see that I am the Lord, when my hand is stretched out over Egypt, and I take the children of Israel out from among them.

6And Moses and Aaron did so: as the Lord gave them orders, so they did.

7And Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they gave the Lord’s word to Pharaoh.

8And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

9If Pharaoh says to you, Let me see a wonder: then say to Aaron, Take your rod and put it down on the earth before Pharaoh so that it may become a snake.

10Then Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and they did as the Lord had said: and Aaron put his rod down on the earth before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a snake.

11Then Pharaoh sent for the wise men and the wonder-workers, and they, the wonder-workers of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts.

12For every one of them put down his rod on the earth, and they became snakes: but Aaron’s rod made a meal of their rods.

13But Pharaoh’s heart was made hard, and he did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

14And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh’s heart is unchanged; he will not let the people go.

15Go to Pharaoh in the morning; when he goes out to the water, you will be waiting for him by the edge of the Nile, with the rod which was turned into a snake in your hand;

16And say to him, The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to you, saying, Let my people go so that they may give me worship in the waste land; but up to now you have not given ear to his words.

17So the Lord says, By this you may be certain that I am the Lord; see, by the touch of this rod in my hand the waters of the Nile will be turned to blood;

18And the fish in the Nile will come to destruction, and the river will send up a bad smell, and the Egyptians will not be able, for disgust, to make use of the water of the Nile for drinking.

19And the Lord said, Say to Aaron, Let the rod in your hand be stretched out over the waters of Egypt, and over the rivers and the streams and the pools, and over every stretch of water, so that they may be turned to blood; and there will be blood through all the land of Egypt, in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.

20And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord had said; and when his rod had been lifted up and stretched out over the waters of the Nile before the eyes of Pharaoh and his servants, all the water in the Nile was turned to blood;

21And the fish in the Nile came to destruction, and a bad smell went up from the river, and the Egyptians were not able to make use of the water of the Nile for drinking; and there was blood through all the land of Egypt.

22And the wonder-workers of Egypt did the same with their secret arts: but Pharaoh’s heart was made hard, and he would not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

23Then Pharaoh went into his house, and did not take even this to heart.

24And all the Egyptians made holes round about the Nile to get drinking-water, for they were not able to make use of the Nile water.

25And seven days went past, after the Lord had put his hand on the Nile.

Exodus 8

1And this is what the Lord said to Moses: Go to Pharaoh and say to him, The Lord says, Let my people go so that they may give me worship.

2And if you will not let them go, see, I will send frogs into every part of your land:

3The Nile will be full of frogs, and they will come up into your house and into your bedrooms and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and into your bread-basins.

4The frogs will come up over you and your people and all your servants.

5And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let the rod in your hand be stretched out over the streams and the waterways and the pools, causing frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.

6And when Aaron put out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and all the land of Egypt was covered with them.

7And the wonder-workers did the same with their secret arts, making frogs come up over the land of Egypt.

8Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Make prayer to the Lord that he will take away these frogs from me and my people; and I will let the people go and make their offering to the Lord.

9And Moses said, I will let you have the honour of saying when I am to make prayer for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs may be sent away from you and your houses, and be only in the Nile.

10And he said, By tomorrow. And he said, Let it be as you say: so that you may see that there is no other like the Lord our God.

11And the frogs will be gone from you and from your houses and from your servants and from your people and will be only in the Nile.

12Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses made prayer to the Lord about the frogs which he had sent on Pharaoh.

13And the Lord did as Moses said; and there was an end of all the frogs in the houses and in the open spaces and in the fields.

14And they put them together in masses, and a bad smell went up from the land.

15But when Pharaoh saw that there was peace for a time, he made his heart hard and did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

16And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let your rod be stretched out over the dust of the earth so that it may become insects through all the land of Egypt.

17And they did so; and Aaron, stretching out the rod in his hand, gave a touch to the dust of the earth, and insects came on man and on beast; all the dust of the earth was changed into insects through all the land of Egypt.

18And the wonder-workers with their secret arts, attempting to make insects, were unable to do so: and there were insects on man and on beast.

19Then the wonder-workers said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: but Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and he did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

20And the Lord said to Moses, Get up early in the morning and take your place before Pharaoh when he comes out to the water; and say to him, This is what the Lord says: Let my people go to give me worship.

21For if you do not let my people go, see, I will send clouds of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into their houses; and the houses of the Egyptians and the land where they are will be full of flies.

22And at that time I will make a division between your land and the land of Goshen where my people are, and no flies will be there; so that you may see that I am the Lord over all the earth.

23And I will put a division between my people and your people; tomorrow this sign will be seen.

24And the Lord did so; and great clouds of flies came into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants’ houses, and all the land of Egypt was made waste because of the flies.

25And Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Go and make your offering to your God here in the land.

26And Moses said, It is not right to do so; for we make our offerings of that to which the Egyptians give worship; and if we do so before their eyes, certainly we will be stoned.

27But we will go three days’ journey into the waste land and make an offering to the Lord our God as he may give us orders.

28Then Pharaoh said, I will let you go to make an offering to the Lord your God in the waste land; but do not go very far away, and make prayer for me.

29And Moses said, When I go out from you I will make prayer to the Lord that the cloud of flies may go away from Pharaoh and from his people and from his servants tomorrow: only let Pharaoh no longer by deceit keep back the people from making their offering to the Lord.

30Then Moses went out from Pharaoh and made prayer to the Lord.

31And the Lord did as Moses said, and took away the cloud of flies from Pharaoh and from his servants and from his people; not one was to be seen.

32But again Pharaoh made his heart hard and did not let the people go.

Proverbs 2

1My son, if you will take my words to your heart, storing up my laws in your mind;

2So that your ear gives attention to wisdom, and your heart is turned to knowledge;

3Truly, if you are crying out for good sense, and your request is for knowledge;

4If you are looking for her as for silver, and searching for her as for stored-up wealth;

5Then the fear of the Lord will be clear to you, and knowledge of God will be yours.

6For the Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and reason:

7He has salvation stored up for the upright, he is a breastplate to those in whom there is no evil;

8He keeps watch on the ways which are right, and takes care of those who have the fear of him.

9Then you will have knowledge of righteousness and right acting, and upright behaviour, even of every good way.

10For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasing to your soul;

11Wise purposes will be watching over you, and knowledge will keep you;

12Giving you salvation from the evil man, from those whose words are false;

13Who give up the way of righteousness, to go by dark roads;

14Who take pleasure in wrongdoing, and have joy in the evil designs of the sinner;

15Whose ways are not straight, and whose footsteps are turned to evil:

16To take you out of the power of the strange woman, who says smooth words with her tongue;

17Who is false to the husband of her early years, and does not keep the agreement of her God in mind:

18For her house is on the way down to death; her footsteps go down to the shades:

19Those who go to her do not come back again; their feet do not keep in the ways of life:

20So that you may go in the way of good men, and keep in the footsteps of the upright.

21For the upright will be living in the land, and the good will have it for their heritage.

22But sinners will be cut off from the land, and those whose acts are false will be uprooted.

Hebrews 9:1-22

1Now the first agreement had its rules of worship, and a holy order.

2For the first Tent was made ready, having in it the vessels for the lights and the table and the ordering of the bread; and this is named the holy place.

3And inside the second veil was the place which is named the Holy of holies;

4Having a vessel of gold in it for burning perfumes, and the ark of the agreement, which was covered with gold and which had in it a pot made of gold for the manna, and Aaron’s rod which put out buds, and the stones with the writing of the agreement;

5And over it were the winged ones of glory with their wings covering the mercy-seat; about which it is not possible now to say anything in detail.

6Now while these things were in existence, the priests went into the first Tent at all times, for prayer and the making of offerings.

7But only the high priest went into the second, once a year, not without making an offering of blood for himself and for the errors of the people:

8The Holy Spirit witnessing by this that the way into the holy place had not at that time been made open, while the first Tent was still in being;

9And this is an image of the present time; when the offerings which are given are not able to make the heart of the worshipper completely clean,

10Because they are only rules of the flesh, of meats and drinks and washings, which have their place till the time comes when things will be put right.

11But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things of the future, through this greater and better Tent, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this world,

12And has gone once and for ever into the holy place, having got eternal salvation, not through the blood of goats and young oxen, but through his blood.

13For if the blood of goats and oxen, and the dust from the burning of a young cow, being put on the unclean, make the flesh clean:

14How much more will the blood of Christ, who, being without sin, made an offering of himself to God through the Holy Spirit, make your hearts clean from dead works to be servants of the living God?

15And for this cause it is through him that a new agreement has come into being, so that after the errors under the first agreement had been taken away by his death, the word of God might have effect for those who were marked out for an eternal heritage.

16Because where there is a testament, there has to be the death of the man who made it.

17For a testament has effect after death; for what power has it while the man who made it is living?

18So that even the first agreement was not made without blood.

19For when Moses had given all the rules of the law to the people, he took the blood of goats and young oxen, with water and red wool and hyssop, and put it on the book itself and on all the people,

20Saying, This blood is the sign of the agreement which God has made with you.

21And the blood was put on the Tent and all the holy vessels in the same way.

22And by the law almost all things are made clean with blood, and without blood there is no forgiveness.

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