February 15

Exodus 13

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Let the first male child of every mother among the children of Israel be kept holy for me, even the first male birth among man or beast; for it is mine.

3And Moses said to the people, Let this day, on which you came out of Egypt, out of your prison-house, be kept for ever in memory; for by the strength of his hand the Lord has taken you out from this place; let no leavened bread be used.

4On this day, in the month Abib, you are going out.

5And it will be that, when the Lord takes you into the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, the land which he made an oath to your fathers that he would give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you will do this act of worship in this month.

6For seven days let your food be unleavened cakes; and on the seventh day there is to be a feast to the Lord.

7Unleavened cakes are to be your food through all the seven days; let no leavened bread be seen among you, or any leaven, in any part of your land.

8And you will say to your son in that day, It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.

9And this will be for a sign to you on your hand and for a mark on your brow, so that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth: for with a strong hand the Lord took you out of Egypt.

10So let this order be kept, at the right time, from year to year.

11And when the Lord takes you into the land of Canaan, as he made his oath to you and to your fathers, and gives it to you,

12You are to put on one side for the Lord every mother’s first male child, the first-fruit of her body, and the first young one of every beast; every male is holy to the Lord.

13And for the young of an ass you may give a lamb in payment, or if you will not make payment for it, its neck is to be broken; but for all the first sons among your children, let payment be made.

14And when your son says to you in time to come, What is the reason for this? say to him, By the strength of his hand the Lord took us out of Egypt, out of the prison-house:

15And when Pharaoh made his heart hard and would not let us go, the Lord sent death on all the first sons in Egypt, of man and of beast: and so every first male who comes to birth is offered to the Lord; but for all the first of my sons I give a price.

16And this will be for a sign on your hand and for a mark on your brow: for by the strength of his hand the Lord took us out of Egypt.

17Now after Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not take them through the land of the Philistines, though that was near: for God said, If the people see war, they may have a change of heart and go back to Egypt.

18But God took the people round by the waste land near the Red Sea: and the children of Israel went up in fighting order out of the land of Egypt.

19And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the children of Israel take an oath, saying, God will certainly keep you in mind; and you are to take my bones away with you.

20Then they went on their journey from Succoth, and put up their tents in Etham at the edge of the waste land.

21And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, guiding them on their way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light: so that they were able to go on day and night:

22The pillar of cloud went ever before them by day, and the pillar of fire by night.

Exodus 14

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Give orders to the children of Israel to go back and put up their tents before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon, opposite to which you are to put up your tents by the sea.

3And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are wandering without direction, they are shut in by the waste land.

4And I will make Pharaoh’s heart hard, and he will come after them and I will be honoured over Pharaoh and all his army, so that the Egyptians may see that I am the Lord. And they did so.

5And word came to Pharaoh of the flight of the people: and the feeling of Pharaoh and of his servants about the people was changed, and they said, Why have we let Israel go, so that they will do no more work for us?

6So he had his war-carriage made ready and took his people with him:

7And he took six hundred carriages, all the carriages of Egypt, and captains over all of them.

8And the Lord made the heart of Pharaoh hard, and he went after the children of Israel: for the children of Israel had gone out without fear.

9But the Egyptians went after them, all the horses and carriages of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them in their tents by the sea, by Pihahiroth, before Baal-zephon.

10And when Pharaoh came near, the children of Israel, lifting up their eyes, saw the Egyptians coming after them, and were full of fear; and their cry went up to God.

11And they said to Moses, Was there no resting-place for the dead in Egypt, that you have taken us away to come to our death in the waste land? why have you taken us out of Egypt?

12Did we not say to you in Egypt, Let us be as we are, working for the Egyptians? for it is better to be the servants of the Egyptians than to come to our death in the waste land.

13But Moses said, Keep where you are and have no fear; now you will see the salvation of the Lord which he will give you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again.

14The Lord will make war for you, you have only to keep quiet.

15And the Lord said to Moses, Why are you crying out to me? give the children of Israel the order to go forward.

16And let your rod be lifted up and your hand stretched out over the sea, and it will be parted in two; and the children of Israel will go through on dry land.

17And I will make the heart of the Egyptians hard, and they will go in after them: and I will be honoured over Pharaoh and over his army, his war-carriages, and his horsemen.

18And the Egyptians will see that I am the Lord, when I get honour over Pharaoh and his war-carriages and his horsemen.

19Then the angel of God, who had been before the tents of Israel, took his place at their back; and the pillar of cloud, moving from before them, came to rest at their back:

20And it came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel; and there was a dark cloud between them, and they went on through the night; but the one army came no nearer to the other all the night.

21And when Moses’ hand was stretched out over the sea, the Lord with a strong east wind made the sea go back all night, and the waters were parted in two and the sea became dry land.

22And the children of Israel went through the sea on dry land: and the waters were a wall on their right side and on their left.

23Then the Egyptians went after them into the middle of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses and his war-carriages and his horsemen.

24And in the morning watch, the Lord, looking out on the armies of the Egyptians from the pillar of fire and cloud, sent trouble on the army of the Egyptians;

25And made the wheels of their war-carriages stiff, so that they had hard work driving them: so the Egyptians said, Let us go in flight from before the face of Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.

26And the Lord said to Moses, Let your hand be stretched out over the sea, and the waters will come back again on the Egyptians, and on their war-carriages and on their horsemen.

27And when Moses’ hand was stretched out over the sea, at dawn the sea came flowing back, meeting the Egyptians in their flight, and the Lord sent destruction on the Egyptians in the middle of the sea.

28And the waters came back, covering the war-carriages and the horsemen and all the army of Pharaoh which went after them into the middle of the sea; not one of them was to be seen.

29But the children of Israel went through the sea walking on dry land, and the waters were a wall on their right side and on their left.

30So that day the Lord gave Israel salvation from the hands of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the sea’s edge.

31And Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done against the Egyptians, and the fear of the Lord came on the people and they had faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Proverbs 5

1My son, give attention to my wisdom; let your ear be turned to my teaching:

2So that you may be ruled by a wise purpose, and your lips may keep knowledge.

3For honey is dropping from the lips of the strange woman, and her mouth is smoother than oil;

4But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword;

5Her feet go down to death, and her steps to the underworld;

6She never keeps her mind on the road of life; her ways are uncertain, she has no knowledge.

7Give ear to me then, my sons, and do not put away my words from you.

8Go far away from her, do not come near the door of her house;

9For fear that you may give your honour to others, and your wealth to strange men:

10And strange men may be full of your wealth, and the fruit of your work go to the house of others;

11And you will be full of grief at the end of your life, when your flesh and your body are wasted;

12And you will say, How was teaching hated by me, and my heart put no value on training;

13I did not give attention to the voice of my teachers, my ear was not turned to those who were guiding me!

14I was in almost all evil in the company of the people.

15Let water from your store and not that of others be your drink, and running water from your fountain.

16Let not your springs be flowing in the streets, or your streams of water in the open places.

17Let them be for yourself only, not for other men with you.

18Let blessing be on your fountain; have joy in the wife of your early years.

19As a loving hind and a gentle doe, let her breasts ever give you rapture; let your passion at all times be moved by her love.

20Why let yourself, my son, go out of the way with a strange woman, and take another woman in your arms?

21For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he puts all his goings in the scales.

22The evil-doer will be taken in the net of his crimes, and prisoned in the cords of his sin.

23He will come to his end for need of teaching; he is so foolish that he will go wandering from the right way.

Hebrews 11:1-22

1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the sign that the things not seen are true.

2For by it our fathers had God’s approval.

3By faith it is clear to us that the order of events was fixed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made from things which only seem to be.

4By faith Abel made a better offering to God than Cain, and he had witness through it of his righteousness, God giving his approval of his offering: and his voice still comes to us through it though he is dead.

5By faith Enoch was taken up to heaven so that he did not see death; he was seen no longer, for God took him away: for before he was taken, witness had been given that he was well-pleasing to God:

6And without faith it is not possible to be well-pleasing to him, for it is necessary for anyone who comes to God to have the belief that God is, and that he is a rewarder of all those who make a serious search for him.

7By faith Noah, being moved by the fear of God, made ready an ark for the salvation of his family, because God had given him news of things which were not seen at the time; and through it the world was judged by him, and he got for his heritage the righteousness which is by faith.

8By faith Abraham did as God said when he was ordered to go out into a place which was to be given to him as a heritage, and went out without knowledge of where he was going.

9By faith he was a wanderer in the land of the agreement, as in a strange land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who had a part with him in the same heritage:

10For he was looking for the strong town, whose builder and maker is God.

11And by faith Sarah herself had power to give birth, when she was very old, because she had faith in him who gave his word;

12So that from one man, who was near to death, came children in number as the stars in heaven, or as the sand by the seaside, which may not be numbered.

13All these came to their end in faith, not having had the heritage; but having seen it with delight far away, they gave witness that they were wanderers and not of the earth.

14For those who say such things make it clear that they are searching for a country for themselves.

15And truly if they had kept in mind the country from which they went out, they would have had chances of turning back.

16But now their desire is for a better country, that is to say, for one in heaven; and so it is no shame to God to be named their God; for he has made ready a town for them.

17By faith Abraham made an offering of Isaac, when he was tested: and he with whom the agreement had been made gave up as an offering the only son of his body,

18Of whom it had been said, From Isaac will your seed take their name:

19Judging that God was able to give life even to the dead; and because of this he did get him back as if from death.

20By faith Isaac, blessing Jacob and Esau, gave news of things to come.

21By faith Jacob gave a blessing to the two sons of Joseph, when he was near to death; and gave God worship, supported by his stick.

22By faith Joseph, when his end was near, said that the children of Israel would go out of Egypt; and gave orders about his bones.

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