February 25

Exodus 33

1And the Lord said to Moses, Go forward from this place, you and the people whom you have taken up out of the land of Egypt, to that land about which I made an oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, To your seed will I give it.

2And I will send an angel before you, driving out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite:

3Go up to that land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, for you are a stiff-necked people, for fear that I send destruction on you while you are on the way.

4Hearing this bad news the people were full of grief, and no one put on his ornaments.

5And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You are a stiff-necked people: if I come among you, even for a minute, I will send destruction on you; so take off all your ornaments, so that I may see what to do with you.

6So the children of Israel took off their ornaments at Mount Horeb, and did not put them on again.

7Now it was Moses’ way to put up the Tent of meeting outside the tent-circle, at some distance away; giving it the name of The Tent of meeting. And everyone desiring to make his prayer to the Lord went to the Tent of meeting outside the tent-circle.

8And whenever Moses went out to the Tent of meeting, all the people got up and everyone went to the door of his tent, looking after Moses till he went inside the Tent.

9And whenever Moses went into the Tent, the pillar of cloud came down, and took its place by the door of the Tent, as long as the Lord was talking with Moses.

10And all the people saw the cloud at the door of the Tent, and they went down on their faces, everyone at the door of his tent.

11And the Lord had talk with Moses face to face, as a man may have talk with his friend. And when Moses came back to the tents, his servant, the young man Joshua, the son of Nun, did not come away from the Tent.

12And Moses said to the Lord, See, you say to me, Be this people’s guide on their journey, but you have not made clear to me whom you will send with me. But you have said, I have knowledge of you by name, and you have grace in my eyes.

13If then I have grace in your eyes, let me see your ways, so that I may have knowledge of you and be certain of your grace; and my prayer is that you will keep in mind that this nation is your people.

14And he said, I myself will go with you and give you rest.

15And Moses said, If you yourself are not going with us, do not send us on from here.

16For is not the fact of your going with us the sign that I and this people have grace in your eyes, so that we, that is, I and your people, are separate from all other people on the face of the earth?

17And the Lord said to Moses, I will do as you say: for you have grace in my eyes, and I have knowledge of you by your name.

18And Moses said, O Lord, let me see your glory.

19And he said, I will make all the light of my being come before you, and will make clear to you what I am; I will be kind to those to whom I will be kind, and have mercy on those on whom I will have mercy.

20But it is not possible for you to see my face, for no man may see me and still go on living.

21And the Lord said, See, there is a place near me, and you may take your place on the rock:

22And when my glory goes by, I will put you in a hole in the rock, covering you with my hand till I have gone past:

23Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back: but my face is not to be seen.

Exodus 34

1And the Lord said to Moses, Make two other stones like the first two; and I will put on them the words which were on the first stones, which were broken by you.

2And be ready by the morning, and come up on Mount Sinai, and come before me there in the morning, on the top of the mountain.

3No one is to come up with you, and let no man be seen anywhere on the mountain; let no flocks or herds come near to get their food at its foot.

4So Moses got two stones cut like the first; and early in the morning he went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had said, with the two stones in his hand.

5And the Lord came down in the cloud and took his place by the side of Moses, and Moses gave worship to the name of the Lord.

6And the Lord went past before his eyes, saying, The Lord, the Lord, a God full of pity and grace, slow to wrath and great in mercy and faith;

7Having mercy on thousands, overlooking evil and wrongdoing and sin; he will not let wrongdoers go free, but will send punishment on children for the sins of their fathers, and on their children’s children to the third and fourth generation.

8Then Moses quickly went down on his face in worship.

9And he said, If now I have grace in your eyes, let the Lord go among us, for this is a stiff-necked people, and give us forgiveness for our wrongdoing and our sin, and take us for your heritage.

10And the Lord said, See, this is what I will undertake: before the eyes of your people I will do wonders, such as have not been done in all the earth or in any nation: and all your people will see the work of the Lord, for what I am about to do for you is greatly to be feared.

11Take care to do the orders which I give you today; I will send out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

12But take care, and do not make any agreement with the people of the land where you are going, for it will be a cause of sin to you.

13But their altars are to be overturned and their pillars broken and their images cut down:

14For you are to be worshippers of no other god: for the Lord is a God who will not give his honour to another.

15So see that you make no agreement with the people of the land, and do not go after their gods, or take part in their offerings, or be guests at their feasts,

16Or take their daughters for your sons; for when their daughters give worship before their gods, they will make your sons take part with them.

17Make for yourselves no gods of metal.

18Keep the feast of unleavened bread; for seven days your food is to be bread without leaven, as I gave you orders, at the regular time in the month Abib; for in that month you came out of Egypt.

19Every first male child is mine; the first male birth of your cattle, the first male of every ox and sheep.

20A lamb may be given in payment for the young of an ass, but if you will not make payment for it, its neck will have to be broken. For all the first of your sons you are to make payment. No one is to come before me without an offering.

21Six days let work be done, but on the seventh day take your rest: at ploughing time and at the grain-cutting you are to have a day for rest.

22And you are to keep the feast of weeks when you get in the first-fruits of the grain, and the feast at the turn of the year when you take in the produce of your fields.

23Three times in the year let all your males come before the Lord, the God of Israel.

24For I will send out the nations before you and make wide the limits of your land; and no man will make an attempt to take your land while you go up to give worship to the Lord, three times in the year.

25No leaven is to be offered with the blood of my offering, and the offering of the Passover feast may not be kept till the morning.

26Take the first-fruits of your land as an offering to the house of the Lord your God. Let not the young goat be cooked in its mother’s milk

27And the Lord said to Moses, Put all these words in writing; for on them is based the agreement which I will make with you.

28And for forty days and forty nights Moses was there with the Lord, and in that time he had no food or drink. And he put in writing on the stones the words of the agreement, the ten rules of the law.

29Now when Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two stones in his hand, he was not conscious that his face was shining because of his talk with God.

30But when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, and the shining of his face, they would not come near him for fear.

31Then Moses sent for them; and Aaron, with the chiefs of the people, came to him; and Moses had talk with them.

32And later, all the children of Israel came near, and he gave them all the orders which the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.

33And at the end of his talk with them, Moses put a veil over his face.

34But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to have talk with him, he took off the veil till he came out. And whenever he came out he said to the children of Israel what he had been ordered to say;

35And the children of Israel saw that the face of Moses was shining: so Moses put the veil over his face again till he went to the Lord.

Proverbs 15

1By a soft answer wrath is turned away, but a bitter word is a cause of angry feelings.

2Knowledge is dropping from the tongue of the wise; but from the mouth of the foolish comes a stream of foolish words.

3The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4A comforting tongue is a tree of life, but a twisted tongue is a crushing of the spirit.

5A foolish man puts no value on his father’s training; but he who has respect for teaching has good sense.

6In the house of the upright man there is a great store of wealth; but in the profits of the sinner there is trouble.

7The lips of the wise keep knowledge, but the heart of the foolish man is not right.

8The offering of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright man is his delight.

9The way of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but he who goes after righteousness is dear to him.

10There is bitter punishment for him who is turned from the way; and death will be the fate of the hater of teaching.

11Before the Lord are the underworld and destruction: how much more, then, the hearts of the children of men!

12The hater of authority has no love for teaching: he will not go to the wise.

13A glad heart makes a shining face, but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14The heart of the man of good sense goes in search of knowledge, but foolish things are the food of the unwise.

15All the days of the troubled are evil; but he whose heart is glad has an unending feast.

16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth together with trouble.

17Better is a simple meal where love is, than a fat ox and hate with it.

18An angry man makes men come to blows, but he who is slow to get angry puts an end to fighting.

19Thorns are round the way of the hater of work; but the road of the hard worker becomes a highway.

20A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man has no respect for his mother.

21Foolish behaviour is joy to the unwise; but a man of good sense makes his way straight.

22Where there are no wise suggestions, purposes come to nothing; but by a number of wise guides they are made certain.

23A man has joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word at the right time, how good it is!

24Acting wisely is the way of life, guiding a man away from the underworld.

25The house of the man of pride will be uprooted by the Lord, but he will make safe the heritage of the widow.

26Evil designs are disgusting to the Lord, but the words of the clean-hearted are pleasing.

27He whose desires are fixed on profit is a cause of trouble to his family; but he who has no desire for offerings will have life.

28The heart of the upright gives thought to his answer; but from the mouth of the evil-doer comes a stream of evil things.

29The Lord is far from sinners, but his ear is open to the prayer of the upright.

30The light of the eyes is a joy to the heart, and good news makes the bones fat.

31The man whose ear is open to the teaching of life will have his place among the wise.

32He who will not be controlled by training has no respect for his soul, but he who gives ear to teaching will get wisdom.

33The fear of the Lord is the teaching of wisdom; and a low opinion of oneself goes before honour.

Matthew 6:1-18

1Take care not to do your good works before men, to be seen by them; or you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2When then you give money to the poor, do not make a noise about it, as the false-hearted men do in the Synagogues and in the streets, so that they may have glory from men. Truly, I say to you, They have their reward.

3But when you give money, let not your left hand see what your right hand does:

4So that your giving may be in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

5And when you make your prayers, be not like the false-hearted men, who take pleasure in getting up and saying their prayers in the Synagogues and at the street turnings so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.

6But when you make your prayer, go into your private room, and, shutting the door, say a prayer to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

7And in your prayer do not make use of the same words again and again, as the Gentiles do: for they have the idea that God will give attention to them because of the number of their words.

8So be not like them; because your Father has knowledge of your needs even before you make your requests to him.

9Let this then be your prayer: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

10Let your kingdom come. Let your pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

11Give us this day bread for our needs.

12And make us free of our debts, as we have made those free who are in debt to us.

13And let us not be put to the test, but keep us safe from the Evil One.

14For if you let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will have forgiveness from your Father in heaven.

15But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins.

16And when you go without food, be not sad-faced as the false-hearted are. For they go about with changed looks, so that men may see that they are going without food. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.

17But when you go without food, put oil on your head and make your face clean;

18So that no one may see that you are going without food, but your Father in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

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