February 19

Exodus 20

1And God said all these words:

2I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house.

3You are to have no other gods but me.

4You are not to make an image or picture of anything in heaven or on the earth or in the waters under the earth:

5You may not go down on your faces before them or give them worship: for I, the Lord your God, am a God who will not give his honour to another; and I will send punishment on the children for the wrongdoing of their fathers, to the third and fourth generation of my haters;

6And I will have mercy through a thousand generations on those who have love for me and keep my laws.

7You are not to make use of the name of the Lord your God for an evil purpose; whoever takes the Lord’s name on his lips for an evil purpose will be judged a sinner by the Lord

8Keep in memory the Sabbath and let it be a holy day.

9On six days do all your work:

10But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on that day you are to do no work, you or your son or your daughter, your man-servant or your woman-servant, your cattle or the man from a strange country who is living among you:

11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and everything in them, and he took his rest on the seventh day: for this reason the Lord has given his blessing to the seventh day and made it holy.

12Give honour to your father and to your mother, so that your life may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13Do not put anyone to death without cause.

14Do not be false to the married relation.

15Do not take the property of another.

16Do not give false witness against your neighbour.

17Let not your desire be turned to your neighbour’s house, or his wife or his man-servant or his woman-servant or his ox or his ass or anything which is his.

18And all the people were watching the thunderings and the flames and the sound of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when they saw it, they kept far off, shaking with fear.

19And they said to Moses, To your words we will give ear, but let not the voice of God come to our ears, for fear death may come on us.

20And Moses said to the people, Have no fear: for God has come to put you to the test, so that fearing him you may be kept from sin.

21And the people kept their places far off, but Moses went near to the dark cloud where God was.

22And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You yourselves have seen that my voice has come to you from heaven

23Gods of silver and gods of gold you are not to make for yourselves.

24Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing.

25And if you make me an altar of stone do not make it of cut stones: for the touch of an instrument will make it unclean.

26And do not go up by steps to my altar, for fear that your bodies may be seen uncovered.

Exodus 21

1Now these are the laws which you are to put before them.

2If you get a Hebrew servant for money, he is to be your servant for six years, and in the seventh year you are to let him go free without payment.

3If he comes to you by himself, let him go away by himself: if he is married, let his wife go away with him.

4If his master gives him a wife, and he gets sons or daughters by her, the wife and her children will be the property of the master, and the servant is to go away by himself.

5But if the servant says clearly, My master and my wife and children are dear to me; I have no desire to be free:

6Then his master is to take him to the gods of the house, and at the door, or at its framework, he is to make a hole in his ear with a sharp-pointed instrument; and he will be his servant for ever.

7And if a man gives his daughter for a price to be a servant, she is not to go away free as the men-servants do.

8If she is not pleasing to her master who has taken her for himself, let a payment be made for her so that she may go free; her master has no power to get a price for her and send her to a strange land, because he has been false to her.

9And if he gives her to his son, he is to do everything for her as if she was his daughter.

10And if he takes another woman, her food and clothing and her married rights are not to be less.

11And if he does not do these three things for her, she has the right to go free without payment.

12He who gives a man a death-blow is himself to be put to death.

13But if he had no evil purpose against him, and God gave him into his hand, I will give you a place to which he may go in flight.

14But if a man makes an attack on his neighbour on purpose, to put him to death by deceit, you are to take him from my altar and put him to death.

15Any man who gives a blow to his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death.

16Any man who gets another into his power in order to get a price for him is to be put to death, if you take him in the act.

17Any man cursing his father or his mother is to be put to death.

18If, in a fight, one man gives another a blow with a stone, or with the shut hand, not causing his death, but making him keep in bed;

19If he is able to get up again and go about with a stick, the other will be let off; only he will have to give him payment for the loss of his time, and see that he is cared for till he is well.

20If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant blows with a rod, causing death, he is certainly to undergo punishment.

21But, at the same time, if the servant goes on living for a day or two, the master is not to get punishment, for the servant is his property.

22If men, while fighting, do damage to a woman with child, causing the loss of the child, but no other evil comes to her, the man will have to make payment up to the amount fixed by her husband, in agreement with the decision of the judges.

23But if damage comes to her, let life be given in payment for life,

24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

25Burning for burning, wound for wound, blow for blow.

26If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant a blow in the eye, causing its destruction, he is to let him go free on account of the damage to his eye.

27Or if the loss of a tooth is caused by his blow, he will let him go free on account of his tooth.

28If an ox comes to be the cause of death to a man or a woman, the ox is to be stoned, and its flesh may not be used for food; but the owner will not be judged responsible.

29But if the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and the owner has had word of it and has not kept it under control, so that it has been the cause of the death of a man or woman, not only is the ox to be stoned, but its owner is to be put to death.

30If a price is put on his life, let him make payment of whatever price is fixed.

31If the death of a son or of a daughter has been caused, the punishment is to be in agreement with this rule.

32If the death of a man-servant or of a woman-servant is caused by the ox, the owner is to give their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox is to be stoned.

33If a man makes a hole in the earth without covering it up, and an ox or an ass dropping into it comes to its death;

34The owner of the hole is responsible; he will have to make payment to their owner, but the dead beast will be his.

35And if one man’s ox does damage to another man’s ox, causing its death, then the living ox is to be exchanged for money, and division made of the price of it, and of the price of the dead one.

36But if it is common knowledge that the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and its owner has not kept it under control, he will have to give ox for ox; and the dead beast will be his.

Proverbs 9

1Wisdom has made her house, putting up her seven pillars.

2She has put her fat beasts to death; her wine is mixed, her table is ready.

3She has sent out her women-servants; her voice goes out to the highest places of the town, saying,

4Whoever is simple, let him come in here; and to him who has no sense, she says:

5Come, take of my bread, and of my wine which is mixed.

6Give up the simple ones and have life, and go in the way of knowledge.

7He who gives teaching to a man of pride gets shame for himself; he who says sharp words to a sinner gets a bad name.

8Do not say sharp words to a man of pride, or he will have hate for you; make them clear to a wise man, and you will be dear to him.

9Give teaching to a wise man, and he will become wiser; give training to an upright man, and his learning will be increased.

10The fear of the Lord is the start of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One gives a wise mind

11For by me your days will be increased, and the years of your life will be long.

12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if your heart is full of pride, you only will have the pain of it.

13The foolish woman is full of noise; she has no sense at all.

14Seated at the door of her house, in the high places of the town,

15Crying out to those who go by, going straight on their way, she says:

16Whoever is simple, let him come in here: and to him who is without sense, she says:

17Drink taken without right is sweet, and food in secret is pleasing.

18But he does not see that the dead are there, that her guests are in the deep places of the underworld.

Matthew 1

1The book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2The son of Abraham was Isaac; and the son of Isaac was Jacob; and the sons of Jacob were Judah and his brothers;

3And the sons of Judah were Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and the son of Perez was Hezron; and the son of Hezron was Ram;

4And the son of Ram was Amminadab; and the son of Amminadab was Nahshon; and the son of Nahshon was Salmon;

5And the son of Salmon by Rahab was Boaz; and the son of Boaz by Ruth was Obed; and the son of Obed was Jesse;

6And the son of Jesse was David the king; and the son of David was Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah;

7And the son of Solomon was Rehoboam; and the son of Rehoboam was Abijah; and the son of Abijah was Asa;

8And the son of Asa was Jehoshaphat; and the son of Jehoshaphat was Joram; and the son of Joram was Uzziah;

9And the son of Uzziah was Jotham; and the son of Jotham was Ahaz; and the son of Ahaz was Hezekiah;

10And the son of Hezekiah was Manasseh; and the son of Manasseh was Amon; and the son of Amon was Josiah;

11And the sons of Josiah were Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the taking away to Babylon.

12And after the taking away to Babylon, Jechoniah had a son Shealtiel; and Shealtiel had Zerubbabel;

13And Zerubbabel had Abiud; and Abiud had Eliakim; and Eliakim had Azor;

14And Azor had Zadok; and Zadok had Achim; and Achim had Eliud;

15And Eliud had Eleazar; and Eleazar had Matthan; and Matthan had Jacob;

16And the son of Jacob was Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, whose name is Christ.

17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the taking away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the taking away to Babylon to the coming of Christ, fourteen generations.

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: when his mother Mary was going to be married to Joseph, before they came together the discovery was made that she was with child by the Holy Spirit.

19And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately.

20But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit.

21And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins.

22Now all this took place so that the word of the Lord by the prophet might come true,

23See, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will give him the name Immanuel, that is, God with us.

24And Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had said to him, and took her as his wife;

25And he had no connection with her till she had given birth to a son; and he gave him the name Jesus.

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