February 22

Exodus 25

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to the children of Israel that they are to make me an offering; from every man who has the impulse in his heart take an offering for me.

3And this is the offering you are to take from them: gold and silver and brass;

4And blue and purple and red, and the best linen, and goats’ hair;

5And sheepskins coloured red, and leather, and hard wood;

6Oil for the light, spices for the sweet-smelling oil, sweet perfumes for burning;

7Beryls and stones of value to be put on the ephod and on the priest’s bag.

8And let them make me a holy place, so that I may be ever present among them.

9Make the House and everything in it from the designs which I will give you.

10And they are to make an ark of hard wood; two and a half cubits long, and a cubit and a half wide and high.

11It is to be plated inside and out with the best gold, with an edge of gold all round it

12And make four rings of gold for it, to be fixed on its four feet, two rings on one side of it and two on the other.

13And make rods of the same wood, plating them with gold.

14And put the rods through the rings at the sides of the ark, for lifting it.

15The rods are to be kept in the rings, and never taken out.

16Inside the ark you are to put the record which I will give you.

17And you are to make a cover of the best gold, two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.

18And at the two ends of the cover you are to make two winged ones of hammered gold,

19One at one end and one at the other; the winged ones are to be part of the cover.

20And their wings are to be outstretched over the cover, and the winged ones are to be opposite one another, facing the cover.

21And put the cover over the ark, and in the ark the record which I will give you.

22And there, between the two winged ones on the cover of the ark, I will come to you, face to face, and make clear to you all the orders I have to give you for the children of Israel.

23And you are to make a table of the same wood, two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high,

24Plated with the best gold, with a gold edge all round it;

25And make a frame all round it, as wide as a man’s hand, with a gold edge to the frame.

26And make four gold rings and put them at the four angles, on the four feet of the table;

27The rings are to be fixed under the frame to take the rods with which the table is to be lifted.

28Make rods of the same wood, plated with gold, for lifting the table.

29And make the table-vessels, the spoons and the cups and the basins for liquids, all of the best gold.

30And on the table at all times you are to keep my holy bread.

31And you are to make a support for lights, of the best gold; its base and its pillar are to be of hammered gold; its cups, its buds, and its flowers are to be made of the same metal.

32It is to have six branches coming out from its sides; three branches from one side and three from the other.

33Every branch having three cups made like almond flowers, every cup with a bud and a flower, on all the branches.

34And on the pillar, four cups like almond flowers, every one with its bud and its flower:

35And under every two branches a bud, made with the branch, for all the six branches of it.

36The buds and the branches are to be made of the same metal; all together one complete work of hammered gold.

37Then you are to make its seven vessels for the lights, putting them in their place so that they give light in front of it.

38And the instruments and trays for use with it are all to be of the best gold.

39A talent of gold will be needed for it, with all these vessels.

40And see that you make them from the design which you saw on the mountain.

Exodus 26

1And you are to make a House for me, with ten curtains of the best linen, blue and purple and red, worked with designs of winged ones by a good workman.

2Every curtain is to be twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

3Five curtains are to be joined together, and the other five are to be joined together.

4And you are to put twists of blue cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group of five, and on the edge of the outside curtain of the second group of five;

5Fifty twists on one curtain and fifty on the other, the twists to be opposite one another.

6Then make fifty gold hooks, joining the curtains together by the hooks, and in this way the House will be made.

7And you are to make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the House, eleven curtains.

8Every curtain is to be thirty cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

9Five of these curtains are to be joined together, and the other six are to be joined together, the sixth being folded over to make a hanging in front of the tent.

10And you are to put fifty twists of cord on the edge of the outside curtain of one group, and fifty twists on the edge of the outside curtain of the other group.

11Then make fifty brass hooks and put the hooks into the twists, joining the tent together to make it one.

12And the folded part which is over of the curtains of the tent, the half-curtain which is folded back, will be hanging down over the back of the House.

13And the cubit which is over of the ten curtains at the sides will be hanging over the two sides of the House as a cover.

14And then you are to make a cover for the tent, of sheepskins coloured red, and a cover of leather over that.

15And you are to make upright boards of hard wood for the House.

16Every board is to be ten cubits high and a cubit and a half wide.

17Every board is to be joined to the one nearest to it by two tongues, and so for every board in the House.

18These are the boards needed for the house; twenty boards for the south side,

19With forty silver bases under the twenty boards, two bases under every board to take its tongues.

20And twenty boards for the second side of the house on the north,

21With their forty silver bases, two under every board.

22And six boards for the back of the House on the west,

23With two boards for the angles of the House at the back.

24The two are to be joined together at the base and at the top to one ring, forming the two angles.

25So there are to be eight boards, with their sixteen silver bases, two bases under every board.

26And make rods of the same wood, five for the boards on the one side,

27And five for the boards on the other side of the House, and five for the west side of the House at the back.

28And the middle rod is to go through the rings of all the boards from end to end.

29And the boards are to be plated with gold, having gold rings for the rods to go through: and the rods are to be plated with gold.

30And you are to make the House from the design which you saw on the mountain.

31And you are to make a veil of the best linen, blue and purple and red, worked with designs of winged ones by a good workman:

32Hanging it by gold hooks from four pillars of wood, plated with gold and fixed in silver bases.

33And you are to put up the veil under the hooks, and put inside it the ark of the law: the veil is to be a division between the holy place and the most holy.

34You are to put the cover on the ark of the law, inside the most holy place.

35And outside the veil you are to put the table, and the support for the lights opposite the table on the south side of the House; and the table is to be on the north side.

36And you are to make a curtain for the doorway of the Tent, of the best linen with needlework of blue and purple and red.

37And make five pillars for the curtain, of hard wood plated with gold; their hooks are to be of gold and their bases of brass

Exodus 27

1And make an altar of hard wood, a square altar, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high.

2Put horns at the four angles of it, made of the same, plating it all with brass.

3And make all its vessels, the baskets for taking away the dust of the fire, the spades and basins and meat-hooks and fire-trays, of brass.

4And make a network of brass, with four brass rings at its four angles.

5And put the network under the shelf round the altar so that the net comes half-way up the altar.

6And make rods for the altar, of hard wood, plated with brass.

7And put the rods through the rings at the two opposite sides of the altar, for lifting it.

8The altar is to be hollow, boarded in with wood; make it from the design which you saw on the mountain.

9And let there be an open space round the House, with hangings for its south side of the best linen, a hundred cubits long.

10Their twenty pillars and their twenty bases are to be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their bands are to be of silver.

11And on the north side in the same way, hangings a hundred cubits long, with twenty pillars of brass on bases of brass; their hooks and their bands are to be of silver.

12And for the open space on the west side, the hangings are to be fifty cubits wide, with ten pillars and ten bases;

13And on the east side the space is to be fifty cubits wide.

14On the one side of the doorway will be hangings fifteen cubits long, with three pillars and three bases;

15And on the other side, hangings fifteen cubits long, with three pillars and three bases.

16And across the doorway, a veil of twenty cubits of the best linen, made of needlework of blue and purple and red, with four pillars and four bases.

17All the pillars round the open space are to have silver bands, with hooks of silver and bases of brass.

18The open space is to be a hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, with sides five cubits high, curtained with the best linen, with bases of brass.

19All the instruments for the work of the House, and all its nails, and the nails of the open space are to be of brass.

20Give orders to the children of Israel to give you clear olive oil for the lights, so that a light may be burning there at all times.

21Let Aaron and his sons put this in order, evening and morning, before the Lord, inside the Tent of meeting, outside the veil which is before the ark; this is to be an order for ever, from generation to generation, to be kept by the children of Israel.

Proverbs 12

1A lover of training is a lover of knowledge; but a hater of teaching is like a beast.

2A good man has grace in the eyes of the Lord; but the man of evil designs gets punishment from him.

3No man will make himself safe through evil-doing; but the root of upright men will never be moved.

4A woman of virtue is a crown to her husband; but she whose behaviour is a cause of shame is like a wasting disease in his bones.

5The purposes of upright men are right, but the designs of evil-doers are deceit.

6The words of sinners are destruction for the upright; but the mouth of upright men is their salvation.

7Evil-doers are overturned and never seen again, but the house of upright men will keep its place.

8A man will be praised in the measure of his wisdom, but a wrong-minded man will be looked down on.

9He who is of low position and has a servant, is better than one who has a high opinion of himself and is in need of bread.

10An upright man has thought for the life of his beast, but the hearts of evil-doers are cruel.

11He who does work on his land will not be short of bread; but he who goes after foolish men is without sense.

12The resting-place of the sinner will come to destruction, but the root of upright men is for ever.

13In the sin of the lips is a net which takes the sinner, but the upright man will come out of trouble.

14From the fruit of his mouth will a man have good food in full measure, and the work of a man’s hands will be rewarded.

15The way of the foolish man seems right to him? but the wise man gives ear to suggestions.

16A foolish man lets his trouble be openly seen, but a sharp man keeps shame secret.

17The breathing out of true words gives knowledge of righteousness; but a false witness gives out deceit.

18There are some whose uncontrolled talk is like the wounds of a sword, but the tongue of the wise makes one well again.

19True lips are certain for ever, but a false tongue is only for a minute.

20Deceit is in the heart of those whose designs are evil, but for those purposing peace there is joy.

21No trouble will come to upright men, but sinners will be full of evil.

22False lips are hated by the Lord, but those whose acts are true are his delight.

23A sharp man keeps back his knowledge; but the heart of foolish men makes clear their foolish thoughts.

24The hand of the ready worker will have authority, but he who is slow in his work will be put to forced work.

25Care in the heart of a man makes it weighted down, but a good word makes it glad.

26The upright man is a guide to his neighbour, but the way of evil-doers is a cause of error to them.

27He who is slow in his work does not go in search of food; but the ready worker gets much wealth.

28In the road of righteousness is life, but the way of the evil-doer goes to death.

Matthew 4

1Then Jesus was sent by the Spirit into the waste land to be tested by the Evil One.

2And after going without food for forty days and forty nights, he was in need of it.

3And the Evil One came and said to him, If you are the Son of God, give the word for these stones to become bread.

4But he made answer and said, It is in the Writings, Bread is not man’s only need, but every word which comes out of the mouth of God.

5Then the Evil One took him to the holy town; and he put him on the highest point of the Temple and said to him,

6If you are the Son of God, let yourself go down; for it is in the Writings, He will give his angels care over you; and, In their hands they will keep you up, so that your foot may not be crushed against a stone.

7Jesus said to him, Again it is in the Writings, You may not put the Lord your God to the test.

8Again, the Evil One took him up to a very high mountain, and let him see all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them;

9And he said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will go down on your face and give me worship.

10Then said Jesus to him, Away, Satan: for it is in the Writings, Give worship to the Lord your God and be his servant only.

11Then the Evil One went away from him, and angels came and took care of him.

12Now when it came to his ears that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee;

13And going away from Nazareth, he came and made his living-place in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the country of Zebulun and Naphtali:

14So that the word of the prophet Isaiah might come true,

15The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,

16The people who were in the dark saw a great light, and to those in the land of the shade of death did the dawn come up.

17From that time Jesus went about preaching and saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin, for the kingdom of heaven is near.

18And when he was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, whose other name was Peter, and Andrew, his brother, who were putting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

19And he said to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20And straight away they let go the nets and went after him.

21And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, in the boat with their father, stitching up their nets; and he said, Come.

22And they went straight from the boat and their father and came after him.

23And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom, and making well those who were ill with any disease among the people.

24And news of him went out through all Syria; and they took to him all who were ill with different diseases and pains, those having evil spirits and those who were off their heads, and those who had no power of moving. And he made them well.

25And there went after him great numbers from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judaea and from the other side of Jordan.

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