February 24

Exodus 30

1And you are to make an altar for the burning of perfume; of hard wood let it be made.

2The altar is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high, and its horns are to be made of the same.

3It is to be plated with the best gold, the top of it and the sides and the horns, with an edging of gold all round it.

4Under the edge on the two opposite sides, you are to make two gold rings, to take the rods for lifting it.

5And make these rods of the same wood, plating them with gold.

6And let it be placed in front of the veil before the ark of the law, before the cover which is over the law, where I will come face to face with you.

7And on this altar sweet spices are to be burned by Aaron every morning when he sees to the lights.

8And every evening, when he puts the lights up in their places, the spices are to be burned, a sweet-smelling smoke going up before the Lord from generation to generation for ever.

9No strange perfume, no burned offering or meal offering, and no drink offering is to be offered on it.

10And once every year Aaron is to make its horns clean: with the blood of the sin-offering he is to make it clean once every year from generation to generation: it is most holy to the Lord.

11And the Lord said to Moses,

12When you are taking the number of the children of Israel, let every man who is numbered give to the Lord a price for his life, so that no disease may come on them when they are numbered.

13And this is what they are to give; let every man who is numbered give half a shekel, by the scale of the holy place: (the shekel being valued at twenty gerahs:) this money is an offering to the Lord.

14Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, is to give an offering to the Lord.

15The man of wealth is to give no more and the poor man no less than the half-shekel of silver, when the offering is made to the Lord as the price for your lives.

16And you are to take this money from the children of Israel to be used for the work of the Tent of meeting, to keep the memory of the children of Israel before the Lord and to be the price of your lives.

17And the Lord said to Moses,

18You are to make a brass washing-vessel, with a brass base; and put it between the Tent of meeting and the altar, with water in it;

19That it may be used by Aaron and his sons for washing their hands and feet;

20Whenever they go into the Tent of meeting they are to be washed with water, to keep them from death; and whenever they come near to do the work of the altar, or to make an offering by fire to the Lord,

21Their hands and feet are to be washed. so that they may be safe from death: this is an order to them for ever; to him and his seed from generation to generation.

22And the Lord said to Moses,

23Take the best spices, five hundred shekels’ weight of liquid myrrh, and of sweet cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred and fifty shekels, and two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet calamus,

24And of cassia, five hundred shekels’ weight measured by the scale of the holy place, and of olive oil a hin:

25And make these into a holy oil, a perfume made by the art of the perfume-maker; it is to be a holy oil.

26This oil is to be put on the Tent of meeting, and on the ark of the law,

27And on the table and all its vessels, and on the support for the lights, with its vessels, and on the altar for burning spices,

28And on the altar of burned offerings with its vessels, and on the washing-vessel and its base.

29And you are to make them most holy; anything touching them will become holy.

30And put the oil on Aaron and his sons, making them holy to do the work of priests to me.

31And say to the children of Israel, This is to be the Lord’s holy oil, from generation to generation.

32It is not to be used for man’s flesh, and no other is to be made like it: holy it is, and you are to keep it holy.

33Whoever makes any like it, or puts it on one who is not a priest, will be cut off from his people.

34And the Lord said to Moses, Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, with the best frankincense, in equal weights;

35And make from them a perfume, such as is made by the art of the perfume-maker, mixed with salt, and clean and holy.

36And put some of it, crushed very small, in front of the ark in the Tent of meeting, where I will come face to face with you; it is to be most holy.

37You are not to make any perfume like it for yourselves: it is to be kept holy to the Lord.

38Whoever makes any like it, for its sweet smell, will be cut off from his people.

Exodus 31

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2I have made selection of Bezalel, the son of Uri, by name, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

3And I have given him the spirit of God and made him wise and full of knowledge and expert in every sort of handwork,

4To do all sorts of delicate work in gold and silver and brass;

5In cutting stones for framing, and to do every form of woodwork.

6And I have made selection of Oholiab with him, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are wise I have put the knowledge to make whatever I have given you orders to have made;

7The Tent of meeting, and the ark of the law, and the cover which is on it, and all the things for the tent,

8And the table with its vessels, and the holy light-support with all its vessels, and the altar for the burning of spices,

9And the altar of burned offerings with all its vessels, and the washing-vessel with its base,

10And the robes of needlework, the holy robes for Aaron and for his sons, for their use when acting as priests,

11And the holy oil, and the perfume of sweet spices for the holy place; they will do whatever I have given you orders to have done.

12And the Lord said to Moses,

13Say to the children of Israel that they are to keep my Sabbaths; for the Sabbath day is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you may see that I am the Lord who makes you holy.

14So you are to keep the Sabbath as a holy day; and anyone not honouring it will certainly be put to death: whoever does any work on that day will be cut off from his people.

15Six days may work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.

16And the children of Israel are to keep the Sabbath holy, from generation to generation, by an eternal agreement.

17It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever; because in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he took his rest and had pleasure in it.

18And when his talk with Moses on Mount Sinai was ended, he gave him the two stones of the law, two stones on which was the writing made by the finger of God.

Exodus 32

1And when the people saw that Moses was a long time coming down from the mountain, they all came to Aaron and said to him, Come, make us a god to go before us: as for this Moses, who took us up out of the land of Egypt, we have no idea what has become of him.

2Then Aaron said to them, Take off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives and your sons and your daughters, and give them to me.

3And all the people took the gold rings from their ears and gave them to Aaron.

4And he took the gold from them and, hammering it with an instrument, he made it into the metal image of a young ox: and they said, This is your god, O Israel, who took you out of the land of Egypt.

5And when Aaron saw this, he made an altar before it, and made a public statement, saying, Tomorrow there will be a feast to the Lord.

6So early on the day after they got up and made burned offerings and peace-offerings; and took their seats at the feast, and then gave themselves to pleasure.

7And the Lord said to Moses, Go down quickly; for your people, whom you took out of the land of Egypt, are turned to evil ways;

8Even now they are turned away from the rule I gave them, and have made themselves a metal ox and given worship to it and offerings, saying, This is your god, O Israel, who took you up out of the land of Egypt.

9And the Lord said to Moses, I have been watching this people, and I see that they are a stiff-necked people.

10Now do not get in my way, for my wrath is burning against them; I will send destruction on them, but of you I will make a great nation.

11But Moses made prayer to God, saying, Lord, why is your wrath burning against your people whom you took out of the land of Egypt, with great power and with the strength of your hand?

12Why let the Egyptians say, He took them out to an evil fate, to put them to death on the mountains, cutting them off from the earth? Let your wrath be turned away from them, and send not this evil on your people.

13Have in mind Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you gave your oath, saying, I will make your seed like the stars of heaven in number, and all this land will I give to your seed, as I said, to be their heritage for ever.

14So the Lord let himself be turned from his purpose of sending punishment on his people.

15Then Moses came down the mountain with the two stones of the law in his hand; the stones had writing on their two sides, on the front and on the back.

16The stones were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, cut on the stones.

17Now when the noise and the voices of the people came to the ears of Joshua, he said to Moses, There is a noise of war in the tents.

18And Moses said, It is not the voice of men who are overcoming in the fight, or the cry of those who have been overcome; it is the sound of songs which comes to my ear.

19And when he came near the tents he saw the image of the ox, and the people dancing; and in his wrath Moses let the stones go from his hands, and they were broken at the foot of the mountain.

20And he took the ox which they had made, burning it in the fire and crushing it to powder, and he put it in the water and made the children of Israel take a drink of it.

21And Moses said to Aaron, What did the people do to you that you let this great sin come on them?

22And Aaron said, Let not my lord be angry; you have seen how the purposes of this people are evil.

23For they said to me, Make us a god to go before us: as for this Moses, who took us up out of the land of Egypt, we have no idea what has come to him.

24Then I said to them, Whoever has any gold, let him take it off; so they gave it to me, and I put it in the fire, and this image of an ox came out.

25And Moses saw that the people were out of control, for Aaron had let them loose to their shame before their haters:

26Then Moses took his place at the way into the tents, and said, Whoever is on the Lord’s side, let him come to me. And all the sons of Levi came together to him.

27And he said to them, This is the word of the Lord, the God of Israel: Let every man take his sword at his side, and go from one end of the tents to the other, putting to death his brother and his friend and his neighbour.

28And the sons of Levi did as Moses said; and about three thousand of the people were put to death that day.

29And Moses said, You have made yourselves priests to the Lord this day; for every one of you has made the offering of his son and his brother; the blessing of the Lord is on you this day.

30And on the day after, Moses said to the people, Great has been your sin: but I will go up to the Lord, and see if I may get forgiveness for your sin.

31Then Moses went back to the Lord and said, This people has done a great sin, making themselves a god of gold;

32But now, if you will give them forgiveness–but if not, let my name be taken out of your book.

33And the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has done evil against me will be taken out of my book.

34But now, go, take the people into that place of which I have given you word; see, my angel will go before you: but when the time of my judging has come, I will send punishment on them for their sin.

35And the Lord sent punishment on the people because they gave worship to the ox which Aaron made.

Proverbs 14

1Wisdom is building her house, but the foolish woman is pulling it down with her hands.

2He who goes on his way in righteousness has before him the fear of the Lord; but he whose ways are twisted gives him no honour.

3In the mouth of the foolish man is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe.

4Where there are no oxen, their food-place is clean; but much increase comes through the strength of the ox.

5A true witness does not say what is false, but a false witness is breathing out deceit.

6The hater of authority, searching for wisdom, does not get it; but knowledge comes readily to the open-minded man.

7Go away from the foolish man, for you will not see the lips of knowledge.

8The wisdom of the man of good sense makes his way clear; but the unwise behaviour of the foolish is deceit.

9In the tents of those hating authority there is error, but in the house of the upright man there is grace.

10No one has knowledge of a man’s grief but himself; and a strange person has no part in his joy.

11The house of the sinner will be overturned, but the tent of the upright man will do well.

12There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.

13Even while laughing the heart may be sad; and after joy comes sorrow.

14He whose heart is turned away will have the reward of his ways in full measure; but a good man will have the reward of his doings.

15The simple man has faith in every word, but the man of good sense gives thought to his footsteps.

16The wise man, fearing, keeps himself from evil; but the foolish man goes on in his pride, with no thought of danger.

17He who is quickly angry will do what is foolish, but the man of good sense will have quiet.

18Foolish behaviour is the heritage of the simple, but men of good sense are crowned with knowledge.

19The knees of the evil are bent before the good; and sinners go down in the dust at the doors of the upright.

20The poor man is hated even by his neighbour, but the man of wealth has numbers of friends.

21He who has no respect for his neighbour is a sinner, but he who has pity for the poor is happy.

22Will not the designers of evil come into error? But mercy and good faith are for the designers of good.

23In all hard work there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor.

24Their wisdom is a crown to the wise, but their foolish behaviour is round the head of the unwise.

25A true witness is the saviour of lives; but he who says false things is a cause of deceit.

26For him in whose heart is the fear of the Lord there is strong hope: and his children will have a safe place.

27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, by which one may be turned from the nets of death.

28A king’s glory is in the number of his people: and for need of people a ruler may come to destruction.

29He who is slow to be angry has great good sense; but he whose spirit is over-quick gives support to what is foolish.

30A quiet mind is the life of the body, but envy is a disease in the bones.

31He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.

32The sinner is overturned in his evil-doing, but the upright man has hope in his righteousness.

33Wisdom has her resting-place in the mind of the wise, but she is not seen among the foolish.

34By righteousness a nation is lifted up, but sin is a cause of shame to the peoples.

35The king has pleasure in a servant who does wisely, but his wrath is against him who is a cause of shame.

Matthew 5:21-48

21You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged:

22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of being judged; and he who says to his brother, Raca, will be in danger from the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, You foolish one, will be in danger of the hell of fire.

23If then you are making an offering at the altar and there it comes to your mind that your brother has something against you,

24While your offering is still before the altar, first go and make peace with your brother, then come and make your offering.

25Come to an agreement quickly with him who has a cause against you at law, while you are with him on the way, for fear that he may give you up to the judge and the judge may give you to the police and you may be put into prison.

26Truly I say to you, You will not come out from there till you have made payment of the very last farthing.

27You have knowledge that it was said, You may not have connection with another man’s wife:

28But I say to you that everyone whose eyes are turned on a woman with desire has had connection with her in his heart.

29And if your right eye is a cause of trouble to you, take it out and put it away from you; because it is better to undergo the loss of one part, than for all your body to go into hell.

30And if your right hand is a cause of trouble to you, let it be cut off and put it away from you; because it is better to undergo the loss of one part, than for all your body to go into hell.

31Again, it was said, Whoever puts away his wife has to give her a statement in writing for this purpose:

32But I say to you that everyone who puts away his wife for any other cause but the loss of her virtue, makes her false to her husband; and whoever takes her as his wife after she is put away, is no true husband to her.

33Again, you have knowledge that it was said in old times, Do not take false oaths, but give effect to your oaths to the Lord:

34But I say to you, Take no oaths at all: not by the heaven, because it is the seat of God;

35Or by the earth, because it is the resting-place for his foot; or by Jerusalem, because it is the town of the great King.

36You may not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.

37But let your words be simply, Yes or No: and whatever is more than these is of the Evil One.

38You have knowledge that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39But I say to you, Do not make use of force against an evil man; but to him who gives you a blow on the right side of your face let the left be turned.

40And if any man goes to law with you and takes away your coat, do not keep back your robe from him.

41And whoever makes you go one mile, go with him two.

42Give to him who comes with a request, and keep not your property from him who would for a time make use of it.

43You have knowledge that it was said, Have love for your neighbour, and hate for him who is against you:

44But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you;

45So that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven; for his sun gives light to the evil and to the good, and he sends rain on the upright man and on the sinner.

46For if you have love for those who have love for you, what credit is it to you? do not the tax-farmers the same?

47And if you say, Good day, to your brothers only, what do you do more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same?

48Be then complete in righteousness, even as your Father in heaven is complete.

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