February 17

Exodus 16

1And they went on their way from Elim, and all the children of Israel came into the waste land of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they went out of the land of Egypt.

2And all the children of Israel were crying out against Moses and Aaron in the waste land:

3And the children of Israel said to them, It would have been better for the Lord to have put us to death in the land of Egypt, where we were seated by the flesh-pots and had bread enough for our needs; for you have taken us out to this waste of sand, to put all this people to death through need of food.

4Then the Lord said to Moses, See, I will send down bread from heaven for you; and the people will go out every day and get enough for the day’s needs; so that I may put them to the test to see if they will keep my laws or not.

5And on the sixth day they are to make ready what they get in, and it will be twice as much as they get on the other days.

6And Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, This evening it will be clear to you that it is the Lord who has taken you out of the land of Egypt:

7And in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord; for your angry words against the Lord have come to his ears: and what are we that you are crying out against us?

8And Moses said, The Lord will give you meat for your food at evening, and in the morning bread in full measure; for your outcry against the Lord has come to his ears: for what are we? your outcry is not against us but against the Lord.

9And Moses said to Aaron, Say to all the people of Israel, Come near before the Lord for he has given ear to your outcry.

10And while Aaron was talking to the children of Israel, their eyes were turned in the direction of the waste land, and they saw the glory of the Lord shining in the cloud.

11And the Lord said to Moses,

12The outcry of the children of Israel has come to my ears: say to them now, At nightfall you will have meat for your food, and in the morning bread in full measure; and you will see that I am the Lord your God.

13And it came about that in the evening little birds came up and the place was covered with them: and in the morning there was dew all round about the tents.

14And when the dew was gone, on the face of the earth was a small round thing, like small drops of ice on the earth.

15And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, What is it? for they had no idea what it was. And Moses said to them, It is the bread which the Lord has given you for your food.

16This is what the Lord has said, Let every man take up as much as he has need of; at the rate of one omer for every person, let every man take as much as is needed for his family.

17And the children of Israel did so, and some took more and some less.

18And when it was measured, he who had taken up much had nothing over, and he who had little had enough; every man had taken what he was able to make use of.

19And Moses said to them, Let nothing be kept till the morning.

20But they gave no attention to Moses, and some of them kept it till the morning and there were worms in it and it had an evil smell: and Moses was angry with them.

21And they took it up morning by morning, every man as he had need: and when the sun was high it was gone.

22And on the sixth day they took up twice as much of the bread, two omers for every person: and all the rulers of the people gave Moses word of it.

23And he said, This is what the Lord has said, Tomorrow is a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord: what has to be cooked may be cooked; and what is over, put on one side to be kept till the morning.

24And they kept it till the morning as Moses had said: and no smell came from it, and it had no worms.

25And Moses said, Make your meal today of what you have, for this day is a Sabbath to the Lord: today you will not get any in the fields.

26For six days you will get it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.

27But still on the seventh day some of the people went out to get it, and there was not any.

28And the Lord said to Moses, How long will you go against my orders and my laws?

29See, because the Lord has given you the Sabbath, he gives you on the sixth day bread enough for two days; let every man keep where he is; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.

30So the people took their rest on the seventh day.

31And this bread was named manna by Israel: it was white, like a grain seed, and its taste was like cakes made with honey.

32And Moses said, This is the order which the Lord has given: Let one omer of it be kept for future generations, so that they may see the bread which I gave you for your food in the waste land, when I took you out from the land of Egypt.

33And Moses said to Aaron, Take a pot and put one omer of manna in it, and put it away before the Lord, to be kept for future generations.

34So Aaron put it away in front of the holy chest to be kept, as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

35And the children of Israel had manna for their food for forty years, till they came to a land with people in it, till they came to the edge of the land of Canaan.

36Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.

Exodus 17

1And the children of Israel went on from the waste land of Sin, by stages as the Lord gave them orders, and put up their tents in Rephidim: and there was no drinking-water for the people.

2So the people were angry with Moses, and said, Give us water for drinking. And Moses said, Why are you angry with me? and why do you put God to the test?

3And the people were in great need of water; and they made an outcry against Moses, and said, Why have you taken us out of Egypt to send death on us and our children and our cattle through need of water?

4And Moses, crying out to the Lord, said, What am I to do to this people? they are almost ready to put me to death by stoning.

5And the Lord said to Moses, Go on before the people, and take some of the chiefs of Israel with you, and take in your hand the rod which was stretched out over the Nile, and go.

6See, I will take my place before you on the rock in Horeb; and when you give the rock a blow, water will come out of it, and the people will have drink. And Moses did so before the eyes of the chiefs of Israel.

7And he gave that place the name Massah and Meribah, because the children of Israel were angry, and because they put the Lord to the test, saying, Is the Lord with us or not?

8Then Amalek came and made war on Israel in Rephidim.

9And Moses said to Joshua, Get together a band of men for us and go out, make war on Amalek: tomorrow I will take my place on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.

10So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and went to war with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

11Now while Moses’ hand was lifted up, Israel was the stronger: but when he let his hand go down, Amalek became the stronger.

12But Moses’ hands became tired; so they put a stone under him and he took his seat on it, Aaron and Hur supporting his hands, one on one side and one on the other; so his hands were kept up without falling till the sun went down.

13And Joshua overcame Amalek and his people with the sword.

14And the Lord said to Moses, Make a record of this in a book, so that it may be kept in memory, and say it again in the ears of Joshua: that all memory of Amalek is to be completely uprooted from the earth.

15Then Moses put up an altar and gave it the name of Yahweh-nissi:

16For he said, The Lord has taken his oath that there will be war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Proverbs 7:6-27

6Looking out from my house, and watching through the window,

7I saw among the young men one without sense,

8Walking in the street near the turn of her road, going on the way to her house,

9At nightfall, in the evening of the day, in the black dark of the night.

10And the woman came out to him, in the dress of a loose woman, with a designing heart;

11She is full of noise and uncontrolled; her feet keep not in her house.

12Now she is in the street, now in the open spaces, waiting at every turning of the road.

13So she took him by his hand, kissing him, and without a sign of shame she said to him:

14I have a feast of peace-offerings, for today my oaths have been effected.

15So I came out in the hope of meeting you, looking for you with care, and now I have you.

16My bed is covered with cushions of needlework, with coloured cloths of the cotton thread of Egypt;

17I have made my bed sweet with perfumes and spices.

18Come, let us take our pleasure in love till the morning, having joy in love’s delights.

19For the master of the house is away on a long journey:

20He has taken a bag of money with him; he is coming back at the full moon.

21With her fair words she overcame him, forcing him with her smooth lips.

22The simple man goes after her, like an ox going to its death, like a roe pulled by a cord;

23Like a bird falling into a net; with no thought that his life is in danger, till an arrow goes into his side.

24So now, my sons, give ear to me; give attention to the sayings of my mouth;

25Let not your heart be turned to her ways, do not go wandering in her footsteps.

26For those wounded and made low by her are great in number; and all those who have come to their death through her are a great army.

27Her house is the way to the underworld, going down to the rooms of death.

Hebrews 12

1For this reason, as we are circled by so great a cloud of witnesses, putting off every weight, and the sin into which we come so readily, let us keep on running in the way which is marked out for us,

2Having our eyes fixed on Jesus, the guide and end of our faith, who went through the pains of the cross, not caring for the shame, because of the joy which was before him, and who has now taken his place at the right hand of God’s seat of power.

3Give thought to him who has undergone so much of the hate of sinners against himself, so that you may not be tired and feeble of purpose.

4Till now you have not given your blood in your fight against sin:

5And you have not kept in mind the word which says to you as to sons, My son, do not make little of the Lord’s punishment, and do not give up hope when you are judged by him;

6For the Lord sends punishment on his loved ones; everyone whom he takes as his son has experience of his rod.

7It is for your training that you undergo these things; God is acting to you as a father does to his sons; for what son does not have punishment from his father?

8But if you have not that punishment of which we all have our part, then you are not true sons, but children of shame.

9And again, if the fathers of our flesh gave us punishment and had our respect, how much more will we be under the authority of the Father of spirits, and have life?

10For they truly gave us punishment for a short time, as it seemed good to them; but he does it for our profit, so that we may become holy as he is.

11At the time all punishment seems to be pain and not joy: but after, those who have been trained by it get from it the peace-giving fruit of righteousness.

12For this cause let the hands which are hanging down be lifted up, and let the feeble knees be made strong,

13And make straight roads for your feet, so that the feeble may not be turned out of the way, but may be made strong.

14Let your desire be for peace with all men, and to be made holy, without which no man may see the Lord;

15Looking with care to see that no man among you in his behaviour comes short of the grace of God; for fear that some bitter root may come up to be a trouble to you, and that some of you may be made unclean by it;

16And that there may not be any evil liver, or any man without respect for God, like Esau, who let his birthright go for a plate of food.

17For you have knowledge that even long after, when he was desiring the blessing for his heritage, he was turned away, though he made his request frequently and with weeping; because the past might not be changed.

18You have not come to a mountain which may be touched, and is burning with fire, and to a black cloud, and a dark smoke, and a violent wind,

19And to the sound of a horn, and the voice of words, the hearers of which made request that not a word more might be said to them:

20For the order which said, If the mountain is touched even by a beast, the beast is to be stoned, seemed hard to them;

21And the vision was so overpowering that even Moses said, I am shaking and full of fear.

22But you have come to the mountain of Zion, to the place of the living God, to the Jerusalem which is in heaven, and to an army of angels which may not be numbered,

23To the great meeting and church of the first of those who are named in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of good men made complete,

24And to Jesus by whom the new agreement has been made between God and man, and to the sign of the blood which says better things than Abel’s blood.

25See that you give ear to his voice which comes to you. For if those whose ears were shut to the voice which came to them on earth did not go free from punishment, what chance have we of going free if we give no attention to him whose voice comes from heaven?

26Whose voice was the cause of the shaking of the earth; but now he has made an oath, saying, There will be still one more shaking, not only of the earth, but of heaven.

27And the words, Still one more, make it clear that there will be a taking away of those things which are shaking, as of things which are made, so that there may be only those things of which no shaking is possible.

28If then, we have a kingdom which will never be moved, let us have grace, so that we may give God such worship as is pleasing to him with fear and respect:

29For our God is an all-burning fire.

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