February 21

Exodus 24

1And he said to Moses, Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, and Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the chiefs of Israel; and give me worship from a distance.

2And Moses only may come near to the Lord; but the others are not to come near, and the people may not come up with them.

3Then Moses came and put before the people all the words of the Lord and his laws: and all the people, answering with one voice, said, Whatever the Lord has said we will do.

4Then Moses put down in writing all the words of the Lord, and he got up early in the morning and made an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.

5And he sent some of the young men of the children of Israel to make burned offerings and peace-offerings of oxen to the Lord.

6And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins; draining out half of the blood over the altar.

7And he took the book of the agreement, reading it in the hearing of the people: and they said, Everything which the Lord has said we will do, and we will keep his laws.

8Then Moses took the blood and let it come on the people, and said, This blood is the sign of the agreement which the Lord has made with you in these words.

9Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the chiefs of Israel went up:

10And they saw the God of Israel; and under his feet there was, as it seemed, a jewelled floor, clear as the heavens.

11And he put not his hand on the chiefs of the children of Israel: they saw God, and took food and drink.

12And the Lord said to Moses, Come up to me on the mountain, and take your place there: and I will give you the stones on which I have put in writing the law and the orders, so that you may give the people knowledge of them.

13Then Moses and Joshua his servant got up; and Moses went up into the mountain of God.

14And he said to the chiefs, Keep your places here till we come back to you: Aaron and Hur are with you; if anyone has any cause let him go to them.

15And Moses went up into the mountain, and it was covered by the cloud.

16And the glory of the Lord was resting on Mount Sinai, and the cloud was over it for six days; and on the seventh day he said Moses’ name out of the cloud.

17And the glory of the Lord was like a flame on the top of the mountain before the eyes of the children of Israel.

18And Moses went up the mountain, into the cloud, and was there for forty days and forty nights.

Proverbs 11

1Scales of deceit are hated by the Lord, but a true weight is his delight.

2When pride comes, there comes shame, but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit.

3The righteousness of the upright will be their guide, but the twisted ways of the false will be their destruction.

4Wealth is of no profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness keeps a man safe from death.

5The righteousness of the good man will make his way straight, but the sin of the evil-doer will be the cause of his fall.

6The righteousness of the upright will be their salvation, but the false will themselves be taken in their evil designs.

7At the death of an upright man his hope does not come to an end, but the hope of the evil-doer comes to destruction.

8The upright man is taken out of trouble, and in his place comes the sinner.

9With his mouth the evil man sends destruction on his neighbour; but through knowledge the upright are taken out of trouble.

10When things go well for the upright man, all the town is glad; at the death of sinners, there are cries of joy.

11By the blessing of the upright man the town is made great, but it is overturned by the mouth of the evil-doer.

12He who has a poor opinion of his neighbour has no sense, but a wise man keeps quiet.

13He who goes about talking of others makes secrets public, but the true-hearted man keeps things covered.

14When there is no helping suggestion the people will have a fall, but with a number of wise guides they will be safe.

15He who makes himself responsible for a strange man will undergo much loss; but the hater of such undertakings will be safe.

16A woman who is full of grace is honoured, but a woman hating righteousness is a seat of shame: those hating work will undergo loss, but the strong keep their wealth.

17The man who has mercy will be rewarded, but the cruel man is the cause of trouble to himself.

18The sinner gets the payment of deceit; but his reward is certain who puts in the seed of righteousness.

19So righteousness gives life; but he who goes after evil gets death for himself.

20The uncontrolled are hated by the Lord, but those whose ways are without error are his delight

21Certainly the evil-doer will not go free from punishment, but the seed of the upright man will be safe.

22Like a ring of gold in the nose of a pig, is a beautiful woman who has no sense.

23The desire of the upright man is only for good, but wrath is waiting for the evil-doer.

24A man may give freely, and still his wealth will be increased; and another may keep back more than is right, but only comes to be in need.

25He who gives blessing will be made fat, but the curser will himself be cursed.

26He who keeps back grain will be cursed by the people; but a blessing will be on the head of him who lets them have it for a price.

27He who, with all his heart, goes after what is good is searching for grace; but he who is looking for trouble will get it.

28He who puts his faith in wealth will come to nothing; but the upright man will be full of growth like the green leaf.

29The troubler of his house will have the wind for his heritage, and the foolish will be servant to the wise-hearted.

30The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life, but violent behaviour takes away souls.

31If the upright man is rewarded on earth, how much more the evil-doer and the sinner!

Matthew 3

1And in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the waste land of Judaea,

2Saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin; for the kingdom of heaven is near.

3For this is he of whom Isaiah the prophet said, The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight.

4Now John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather band about him; and his food was locusts and honey.

5Then Jerusalem and all Judaea went out to him, and all the people from near Jordan;

6And they were given baptism by him in the river Jordan, saying openly that they had done wrong.

7But when he saw a number of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, Offspring of snakes, at whose word are you going in flight from the wrath to come?

8Let your change of heart be seen in your works:

9And say not to yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; because I say to you that God is able from these stones to make children for Abraham.

10And even now the axe is put to the root of the trees; every tree then which does not give good fruit is cut down, and put into the fire.

11Truly, I give baptism with water to those of you whose hearts are changed; but he who comes after me is greater than I, whose shoes I am not good enough to take up: he will give you baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire:

12In whose hand is the instrument with which he will make clean his grain; he will put the good grain in his store, but the waste will be burned up in the fire which will never be put out.

13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be given baptism by him.

14But John would have kept him back, saying, It is I who have need of baptism from you, and do you come to me?

15But Jesus made answer, saying to him, Let it be so now: because so it is right for us to make righteousness complete. Then he gave him baptism.

16And Jesus, having been given baptism, straight away went up from the water; and, the heavens opening, he saw the Spirit of God coming down on him as a dove;

17And a voice came out of heaven, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

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