February 26

Exodus 35

1And Moses sent for all the children of Israel to come together, and said to them, This is what the Lord has said and these are his orders.

2Six days let work be done, but the seventh day is to be a holy day to you, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on that day is to be put to death.

3No fire is to be lighted in any of your houses on the Sabbath day.

4And Moses said to all the meeting of the children of Israel, This is the order which the Lord has given:

5Take from among you an offering to the Lord; everyone who has the impulse in his heart, let him give his offering to the Lord; gold and silver and brass;

6And blue and purple and red and the best linen and goats’ hair,

7And sheepskins coloured red, and leather, and hard wood,

8And oil for the lights, and spices for the holy oil and for the sweet perfumes for burning.

9And beryls and jewels to be cut for the ephod and for the priest’s bag.

10And let every wise-hearted man among you come and make whatever has been ordered by the Lord;

11The House and its tent and its cover, its hooks and its boards, its rods and its pillars and its bases;

12The ark with its cover and its rods and the veil hanging before it;

13The table and its rods and all its vessels, and the holy bread;

14And the support for the lights, with its vessels and its lights and the oil for the light;

15And the altar for burning spices, with its rods, and the holy oil and the sweet perfume, and the curtain for the door, at the door of the House;

16The altar of burned offerings, with its network of brass, its rods, and all its vessels, the washing-vessel and its base;

17The hangings for the open space, its pillars and their bases, and the curtain for the doorway;

18The nails for the House, and the nails for the open space and their cords;

19The robes of needlework for the work of the holy place, the holy robes for Aaron the priest, and the robes for his sons when acting as priests.

20And all the children of Israel went away from Moses.

21And everyone whose heart was moved, everyone who was guided by the impulse of his spirit, came with his offering for the Lord, for whatever was needed for the Tent of meeting and its work and for the holy robes.

22They came, men and women, all who were ready to give, and gave pins and nose-rings and finger-rings and neck-ornaments, all of gold; everyone gave an offering of gold to the Lord.

23And everyone who had blue and purple and red and the best linen and goats’ hair and sheepskins coloured red and leather, gave them.

24Everyone who had silver and brass gave an offering of them to the Lord; and everyone who had hard wood, such as was needed for the work, gave it.

25And all the women who were expert with their hands, made cloth, and gave the work of their hands, blue and purple and red and the best linen.

26And those women who had the knowledge, made the goats’ hair into cloth.

27And the rulers gave the beryls and the cut jewels for the ephod and the priest’s bag;

28And the spice and the oil for the light, and the holy oil and the sweet perfumes.

29The children of Israel, every man and woman, from the impulse of their hearts, gave their offerings freely to the Lord for the work which the Lord had given Moses orders to have done.

30And Moses said to the children of Israel, See, the Lord has made selection of Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;

31And he has made him full of the spirit of God, in all wisdom and knowledge and art of every sort;

32As an expert designer of beautiful things, working in gold and silver and brass;

33Trained in the cutting of stones and the ornamenting of wood and in every sort of handwork.

34And he has given to him, and to Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the power of training others.

35To them he has given knowledge of all the arts of the handworker, of the designer, and the expert workman; of the maker of needlework in blue and purple and red and the best linen, and of the maker of cloth; in all the arts of the designer and the trained workman they are expert.

Exodus 36

1So let Bezalel and Oholiab get to work, with every wise-hearted man to whom the Lord has given wisdom and knowledge, to do whatever is necessary for the ordering of the holy place, as the Lord has given orders.

2Then Moses sent for Bezalel and Oholiab, and for all the wise-hearted men to whom the Lord had given wisdom, even everyone who was moved by the impulse of his heart to come and take part in the work:

3And they took from Moses all the offerings which the children of Israel had given for the building of the holy place. And still they went on giving him more free offerings every morning.

4Then the wise men, who were doing all the work of the holy place, came from their work;

5And said to Moses, The people are giving much more than is needed for the work which the Lord has given us orders to do.

6So Moses made an order and had it given out through all the tents, saying, Let no man or woman make any more offerings for the holy place. So the people were kept from giving more.

7For the material they had was enough and more than enough for all the work which had to be done.

8Then all the expert workmen among them made the House with its ten curtains; of the best linen, blue and purple and red, they made them, with winged ones worked by expert designers.

9Every curtain was twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

10And five curtains were joined together, and the other five curtains were joined together.

11And they put twists of blue cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group, and in the same way on the outside curtain of the second group.

12Fifty twists on the one curtain and fifty on the edge of the curtain of the other group; the twists being opposite to one another.

13And they made fifty hooks of gold, joining the curtains one to another with the hooks; and so the House was made.

14And they made curtains of goats’ hair for the tent; eleven curtains were made.

15Every curtain was thirty cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

16Five curtains were joined together to make one group, and six curtains were joined together to make the other group.

17And they put fifty twists of cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group, and fifty twists on the edge of the outside curtain of the second group,

18And fifty hooks of brass for joining them together to make the tent.

19And they made a cover of sheepskins coloured red, to go over the tent, and a cover of leather over that.

20And for the uprights of the House they made boards of hard wood.

21The boards were ten cubits long and one cubit and a half wide.

22Every board had two tongues fixed into it; all the boards were made in this way.

23They made twenty boards for the south side of the House:

24And for these twenty boards, forty silver bases, two bases under every board, to take its tongues.

25And for the second side of the House, on the north, they made twenty boards,

26With their forty silver bases, two bases for every board.

27And for the west side of the House, at the back, they made six boards,

28And two boards for the angles at the back.

29These were joined together at the base and at the top to one ring, so forming the two angles.

30So there were eight boards with sixteen bases of silver, two bases under every board.

31And they made rods of hard wood; five for the boards on one side of the House,

32And five for the boards on the other side of the House, and five for the boards at the back, on the west.

33The middle rod was made to go right through the rings of all the boards from one end to the other.

34All the boards were plated with gold, and the rings through which the rods went were of gold, and the rods were plated with gold.

35And he made the veil of the best linen, blue and purple and red, worked with winged ones designed by expert workmen.

36And they made four pillars for it of hard wood plated with gold: they had hooks of gold and four silver bases.

37And they made a curtain for the door of the tent, of the best linen with needlework of blue and purple and red;

38And five pillars for the curtain, with their hooks; the heads of the pillars were of gold and they were circled with bands of gold; and their five bases were of brass.

Proverbs 16

1The designs of the heart are man’s, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.

2All a man’s ways are clean to himself; but the Lord puts men’s spirits into his scales.

3Put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain.

4The Lord has made everything for his purpose, even the sinner for the day of evil.

5Everyone who has pride in his heart is disgusting to the Lord: he will certainly not go free from punishment.

6By mercy and good faith evil-doing is taken away: and by the fear of the Lord men are turned away from evil.

7When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his haters be at peace with him.

8Better is a little with righteousness, than great wealth with wrongdoing.

9A man may make designs for his way, but the Lord is the guide of his steps.

10Decision is in the lips of the king: his mouth will not go wrong in judging.

11True measures and scales are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.

12Evil-doing is disgusting to kings: for the seat of the ruler is based on righteousness.

13Lips of righteousness are the delight of kings; and he who says what is upright is dear to him.

14The wrath of the king is like those who give news of death, but a wise man will put peace in place of it.

15In the light of the king’s face there is life; and his approval is like a cloud of spring rain.

16How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! and to get knowledge is more to be desired than silver.

17The highway of the upright is to be turned away from evil: he who takes care of his way will keep his soul.

18Pride goes before destruction, and a stiff spirit before a fall.

19Better it is to have a gentle spirit with the poor, than to take part in the rewards of war with men of pride.

20He who gives attention to the law of right will get good; and whoever puts his faith in the Lord is happy.

21The wise-hearted will be named men of good sense: and by pleasing words learning is increased.

22Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it; but the punishment of the foolish is their foolish behaviour.

23The heart of the wise man is the teacher of his mouth, and gives increased learning to his lips.

24Pleasing words are like honey, sweet to the soul and new life to the bones.

25There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.

26The desire of the working man is working for him, for his need of food is driving him on.

27A good-for-nothing man is a designer of evil, and in his lips there is a burning fire.

28A man of twisted purposes is a cause of fighting everywhere: and he who says evil secretly makes trouble between friends.

29A violent man puts desire of evil into his neighbour’s mind, and makes him go in a way which is not good.

30He whose eyes are shut is a man of twisted purposes, and he who keeps his lips shut tight makes evil come about.

31The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness.

32He who is slow to be angry is better than a man of war, and he who has control over his spirit than he who takes a town.

33A thing may be put to the decision of chance, but it comes about through the Lord.

Matthew 6:19-34

19Make no store of wealth for yourselves on earth, where it may be turned to dust by worms and weather, and where thieves may come in by force and take it away.

20But make a store for yourselves in heaven, where it will not be turned to dust and where thieves do not come in to take it away:

21For where your wealth is, there will your heart be.

22The light of the body is the eye; if then your eye is true, all your body will be full of light.

23But if your eye is evil, all your body will be dark. If then the light which is in you is dark, how dark it will be!

24No man is able to be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other, or he will keep to one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth.

25So I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about food or drink, or about clothing for your body. Is not life more than food, and the body more than its clothing?

26See the birds of heaven; they do not put seeds in the earth, they do not get in grain, or put it in store-houses; and your Father in heaven gives them food. Are you not of much more value than they?

27And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself a cubit taller?

28And why are you troubled about clothing? See the flowers of the field, how they come up; they do no work, they make no thread:

29But I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

30But if God gives such clothing to the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is put into the oven, will he not much more give you clothing, O you of little faith?

31Then do not be full of care, saying, What are we to have for food or drink? or, With what may we be clothed?

32Because the Gentiles go in search of all these things: for your Father in heaven has knowledge that you have need of all these things:

33But let your first care be for his kingdom and his righteousness; and all these other things will be given to you in addition.

34Then have no care for tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Take the trouble of the day as it comes.


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