February 23

Exodus 28

1Now let Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, come near from among the children of Israel, so that they may be my priests, even Aaron, and Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, his sons.

2And make holy robes for Aaron your brother, so that he may be clothed with glory and honour.

3Give orders to all the wise-hearted workmen, whom I have made full of the spirit of wisdom, to make robes for Aaron, so that he may be made holy as my priest.

4This is what they are to make: a priest’s bag, an ephod, and a robe, and a coat of coloured needlework, a head-dress, and a linen band; they are to make holy robes for Aaron your brother and for his sons, so that they may do the work of priests for me.

5They are to take the gold and blue and purple and red and the best linen,

6And make the ephod of gold and blue and purple and red and the best linen, the work of a designer.

7It is to have two bands stitched to it at the top of the arms, joining it together.

8And the beautifully worked band, which goes on it, is to be of the same work and the same material, of gold and blue and purple and red and twisted linen-work.

9You are to take two beryl stones, on which the names of the children of Israel are to be cut:

10Six names on the one stone and six on the other, in the order of their birth.

11With the work of a jeweller, like the cutting of a stamp, the names of the children of Israel are to be cut on them, and they are to be fixed in twisted frames of gold.

12And the two stones are to be placed on the ephod, over the arm-holes, to be stones of memory for the children of Israel: Aaron will have their names on his arms when he goes in before the Lord, to keep the Lord in mind of them.

13And you are to make twisted frames of gold;

14And two chains of the best gold, twisted like cords; and have the chains fixed on to the frames.

15And make a priest’s bag for giving decisions, designed like the ephod, made of gold and blue and purple and red and the best linen.

16It is to be square, folded in two, a hand-stretch long and a hand-stretch wide.

17And on it you are to put four lines of jewels; the first line is to be a cornelian, a chrysolite, and an emerald;

18The second, a ruby, a sapphire, and an onyx;

19The third, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;

20The fourth, a topaz, a beryl, and a jasper; they are to be fixed in twisted frames of gold.

21The jewels are to be twelve in number, for the names of the children of Israel; every jewel having the name of one of the twelve tribes cut on it as on a stamp.

22And you are to make two chains of gold, twisted like cords, to be fixed to the priest’s bag.

23And put two gold rings on the two ends of the bag.

24Put the two gold chains on the two rings at the ends of the bag;

25Joining the other ends of the chains to the gold frames and putting them on the front of the ephod, at the top of the arms.

26Then make two gold rings and put them on the lower ends of the bag, at the edge of it on the inner side nearest to the ephod.

27And make two more gold rings and put them on the front of the ephod at the top of the arms, at the join, over the worked band:

28So that the rings on the bag may be fixed to the rings of the ephod by a blue cord and on to the band of the ephod, so that the bag may not come loose from the ephod.

29And so Aaron will have the names of the children of Israel on the priest’s bag over his heart whenever he goes into the holy place, to keep the memory of them before the Lord.

30And in the bag you are to put the Urim and Thummim, so that they may be on Aaron’s heart whenever he goes in before the Lord; and Aaron may have the power of making decisions for the children of Israel before the Lord at all times.

31The robe which goes with the ephod is to be made all of blue;

32With a hole at the top, in the middle of it; the hole is to be edged with a band to make it strong like the hole in the coat of a fighting-man, so that it may not be broken open.

33And round the skirts of it put fruits in blue and purple and red, with bells of gold between;

34A gold bell and a fruit in turn all round the skirts of the robe.

35Aaron is to put it on for his holy work; and the sound of it will be clear, when he goes into the holy place before the Lord, and when he comes out, keeping him safe from death.

36You are to make a plate of the best gold, cutting on it, as on a stamp, these words: HOLY TO THE LORD.

37Put a blue cord on it and put it on the front of the twisted head-dress:

38And it will be over Aaron’s brow, so that Aaron will be responsible for any error in all the holy offerings made by the children of Israel; it will be on his brow at all times, so that their offerings may be pleasing to the Lord.

39The coat is to be made of the best linen, worked in squares; and you are to make a head-dress of linen, and a linen band worked in needlework.

40And for Aaron’s sons you are to make coats, and bands, and head-dresses, so that they may be clothed with glory and honour.

41These you are to put on Aaron, your brother, and on his sons, putting oil on them, separating them and making them holy, to do the work of priests to me.

42And you are to make them linen trousers, covering their bodies from the middle to the knee;

43Aaron and his sons are to put these on whenever they go into the Tent of meeting or come near the altar, when they are doing the work of the holy place, so that they may be free from any sin causing death: this is to be an order for him and his seed after him for ever.

Exodus 29

1This is what you are to do to make them holy, to do the work of priests to me: Take one young ox and two male sheep, without any mark on them,

2And unleavened bread, and unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and thin unleavened cakes on which oil has been put, made of the best bread-meal;

3Put these in a basket and take them, with the ox and the two sheep.

4And let Aaron and his sons come to the door of the Tent of meeting, and there let them be washed with water.

5Take the robes, and put the coat and the dress and the ephod and the priest’s bag on Aaron; put the band of needlework round him,

6And let the head-dress be placed on his head and the holy crown on the head-dress.

7Then take the oil and put it on his head.

8And take his sons and put their robes on them;

9And put the linen bands round Aaron and his sons, and the head-dresses on them, to make them priests by my order for ever: so you are to make Aaron and his sons holy to me.

10Then let the ox be taken in front of the Tent of meeting: and let Aaron and his sons put their hands on its head.

11And you are to put the ox to death before the Lord at the door of the Tent of meeting.

12Then take some of the blood of the ox, and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, draining out all the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

13And take all the fat covering the inside of the ox, and the fat joining the liver and the two kidneys with the fat round them, and let them be burned on the altar;

14But the flesh of the ox and its skin and its waste parts are to be burned outside the circle of the tents, for it is a sin-offering.

15Then take one of the sheep, and let Aaron and his sons put their hands on its head.

16Then let it be put to death, so that the sides of the altar are marked with its blood.

17Then the sheep is to be cut up into its parts, and after washing its legs and its inside parts, you are to put them with the parts and the head,

18And let them all be burned on the altar as a burned offering to the Lord: a sweet smell, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

19Then take the other sheep; and after Aaron and his sons have put their hands on its head,

20You are to put the sheep to death, and take some of its blood and put it on the point of Aaron’s right ear, and of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and the great toes of their right feet, dropping the rest of the blood on the sides of the altar.

21Then take some of the blood on the altar, and the oil, and put it on Aaron and his robes and on his sons and on their robes, so that he and his robes and his sons and their robes may be made holy.

22Then take the fat of the sheep, the fat tail, the fat covering the insides, and the fat joining the liver and the two kidneys with the fat round them, and the right leg; for by the offering of this sheep they are to be marked out as priests:

23And take one bit of bread and one cake of oiled bread and one thin cake out of the basket of unleavened bread which is before the Lord:

24And put them all on the hands of Aaron and of his sons, to be waved for a wave offering before the Lord.

25Then take them from their hands, and let them be burned on the burned offering on the altar, a sweet smell before the Lord, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

26Then take the breast of Aaron’s sheep, waving it before the Lord; and it is to be your part of the offering.

27So you are to make holy the breast of the sheep which is waved and the leg which is lifted up on high, that is, of the sheep which is offered for Aaron and his sons;

28And it will be their part as a right for ever from the children of Israel, it is a special offering from the children of Israel, made from their peace-offerings, a special offering lifted up to the Lord.

29And Aaron’s holy robes will be used by his sons after him; they will put them on when they are made priests.

30For seven days the son who becomes priest in his place will put them on when he comes into the Tent of meeting to do the work of the holy place.

31Then take the sheep of the wave offering and let its flesh be cooked in water in a holy place.

32And let Aaron and his sons make a meal of it, with the bread in the basket, at the door of the Tent of meeting.

33All those things which were used as offerings to take away sin, and to make them holy to be priests, they may have for food: but no one who is not a priest may have them, for they are holy food.

34And if any of the flesh of the offering or of the bread is over till the morning, let it be burned with fire; it is not to be used for food, for it is holy.

35All these things you are to do to Aaron and his sons as I have given you orders: for seven days the work of making them priests is to go on.

36Every day an ox is to be offered as a sin-offering, to take away sins: and by this offering on it, you will make the altar clean from sin; and you are to put oil on it and make it holy.

37For seven days you are to make offerings for the altar and make it holy, so that it may become completely holy, and anything touching it will become holy.

38Now this is the offering which you are to make on the altar: two lambs in their first year, every day regularly.

39One lamb is to be offered in the morning and the other in the evening:

40And with the one lamb, a tenth part of an ephah of the best meal, mixed with a fourth part of a hin of clear oil; and the fourth part of a hin of wine for a drink offering.

41And the other lamb is to be offered in the evening, and with it the same meal offering and drink offering, for a sweet smell, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

42This is to be a regular burned offering made from generation to generation, at the door of the Tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will come face to face with you and have talk with you.

43There I will come face to face with the children of Israel, and the Tent will be made holy by my glory

44I will make holy the Tent of meeting and the altar: and Aaron and his sons I will make holy, to be my priests

45Among the children of Israel I will make my living-place, and I will be their God.

46And they will see that I am the Lord their God, who took them out of the land of Egypt, so that I might be ever with them: I am the Lord their God.

Proverbs 13

1A wise son is a lover of teaching, but the ears of the haters of authority are shut to sharp words.

2A man will get good from the fruit of his lips, but the desire of the false is for violent acts.

3He who keeps a watch on his mouth keeps his life; but he whose lips are open wide will have destruction.

4The hater of work does not get his desires, but the soul of the hard workers will be made fat.

5The upright man is a hater of false words: the evil-doer gets a bad name and is put to shame.

6Righteousness keeps safe him whose way is without error, but evil-doers are overturned by sin.

7A man may be acting as if he had wealth, but have nothing; another may seem poor, but have great wealth.

8A man will give his wealth in exchange for his life; but the poor will not give ear to sharp words.

9There is a glad dawn for the upright man, but the light of the sinner will be put out.

10The only effect of pride is fighting; but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit.

11Wealth quickly got will become less; but he who gets a store by the work of his hands will have it increased.

12Hope put off is a weariness to the heart; but when what is desired comes, it is a tree of life.

13He who makes sport of the word will come to destruction, but the respecter of the law will be rewarded.

14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning men away from the nets of death.

15Wise behaviour gets approval, but the way of the false is their destruction.

16A sharp man does everything with knowledge, but a foolish man makes clear his foolish thoughts.

17A man taking false news is a cause of trouble, but he who gives news rightly makes things well.

18Need and shame will be the fate of him who is uncontrolled by training; but he who takes note of teaching will be honoured.

19To get one’s desire is sweet to the soul, but to give up evil is disgusting to the foolish.

20Go with wise men and be wise: but he who keeps company with the foolish will be broken.

21Evil will overtake sinners, but the upright will be rewarded with good.

22The heritage of the good man is handed down to his children’s children; and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the upright man.

23There is much food in the ploughed land of the poor; but it is taken away by wrongdoing.

24He who keeps back his rod is unkind to his son: the loving father gives punishment with care.

25The upright man has food to the full measure of his desire, but there will be no food for the stomach of evil-doers.

Matthew 5:1-20

1And seeing great masses of people he went up into the mountain; and when he was seated his disciples came to him.

2And with these words he gave them teaching, saying,

3Happy are the poor in spirit: for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

4Happy are those who are sad: for they will be comforted.

5Happy are the gentle: for the earth will be their heritage.

6Happy are those whose heart’s desire is for righteousness: for they will have their desire.

7Happy are those who have mercy: for they will be given mercy.

8Happy are the clean in heart: for they will see God.

9Happy are the peacemakers: for they will be named sons of God.

10Happy are those who are attacked on account of righteousness: for the kingdom of heaven will be theirs.

11Happy are you when men give you a bad name, and are cruel to you, and say all evil things against you falsely, because of me.

12Be glad and full of joy; for great is your reward in heaven: for so were the prophets attacked who were before you.

13You are the salt of the earth; but if its taste goes from the salt, how will you make it salt again? it is then good for nothing but to be put out and crushed under foot by men.

14You are the light of the world. A town put on a hill may be seen by all.

15And a burning light is not put under a vessel, but on its table; so that its rays may be shining on all who are in the house.

16Even so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

17Let there be no thought that I have come to put an end to the law or the prophets. I have not come for destruction, but to make complete.

18Truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth come to an end, not the smallest letter or part of a letter will in any way be taken from the law, till all things are done.

19Whoever then goes against the smallest of these laws, teaching men to do the same, will be named least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who keeps the laws, teaching others to keep them, will be named great in the kingdom of heaven.

20For I say to you, If your righteousness is not greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never go into the kingdom of heaven.

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