February 28

Exodus 39

1And from the needlework of blue and purple and red they made the robes used for the work of the holy place, and the holy robes for Aaron, as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

2The ephod he made of gold and blue and purple and red and the best linen;

3Hammering the gold into thin plates and cutting it into wires to be worked into the blue and the purple and the red and the linen by the designer.

4And they made two bands for joining its edges together at the top of the arms.

5And the beautifully worked band which went on it was of the same design and the same material, worked in gold and blue and purple and red and twisted linen-work, as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

6Then they made the beryl stones, fixed in twisted frames of gold and cut like the cutting of a stamp, with the names of the children of Israel.

7These he put on the ephod, over the arm-holes, to be stones of memory for the children of Israel, as the Lord had said to Moses.

8The priest’s bag was designed like the ephod, of the best linen worked with gold and blue and purple and red.

9It was square and folded in two, as long and as wide as the stretch of a man’s hand;

10And on it they put four lines of stones: in the first line was a carnelian, a chrysolite, and an emerald;

11In the second, a ruby, a sapphire, and an onyx;

12In the third, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;

13In the fourth, a topaz, a beryl, and a jasper; they were fixed in twisted frames of gold.

14There were twelve stones for the twelve tribes of Israel; on every one the name of one of the tribes of Israel was cut, like the cutting of a stamp.

15And on the bag they put gold chains, twisted like cords.

16And they made two gold frames and two gold rings, the rings being fixed to the ends of the priest’s bag;

17And they put the two twisted chains on the two rings at the ends of the priest’s bag;

18And the other two ends of the chains were joined to the two frames and fixed to the front of the ephod over the arm-holes.

19And they made two rings of gold and put them on the two lower ends of the bag, on the inner side nearest to the ephod.

20And two other gold rings were put on the front of the ephod, over the arm-holes, at the join, and over the worked band.

21And the rings on the bag were fixed to the rings of the ephod by a blue cord, keeping it in place over the band, so that the bag might not get loose, as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

22The robe which went with the ephod was made all of blue;

23With a hole at the top in the middle, like the hole in the coat of a fighting-man, edged with a band to make it strong.

24The skirts of the robe were worked all round with fruits in blue and purple and red made of twisted linen.

25And between the fruits all round the skirt they put gold bells, as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

26All round the skirt of the robe were bells and fruits in turn.

27The coats for Aaron and his sons they made of the best linen;

28And the twisted head-dress for Aaron, and beautiful head-dresses of linen, and linen trousers,

29And a linen band worked with a design of blue and purple and red, as the Lord had said to Moses.

30The plate for the holy crown was made of the best gold, and on it were cut these words, HOLY TO THE LORD.

31It was fixed to the head-dress by a blue cord, as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

32So all the work on the House of the Tent of meeting was done; as the Lord had given orders to Moses, so the children of Israel did it.

33Then they took the House to Moses, the tent with all the things for it; its hooks, its boards, its rods, its pillars, and its bases;

34The outer cover of sheepskins coloured red, and the cover of leather, and the veil for the doorway;

35The ark of the law, with its rods and its cover;

36The table, with all its vessels and the holy bread;

37The support for the lights, with the vessels for the lights to be put in their places on it, and all its vessels, and the oil for the lights;

38And the gold altar, and the holy oil, and the sweet perfume for burning, and the curtain for the doorway of the tent;

39And the brass altar, with its network of brass, and its rods and all its vessels, and the washing-vessel and its base;

40The hangings for the open space, with the pillars and their bases, and the curtain for the doorway, and the cords and nails, and all the instruments necessary for the work of the House of the Tent of meeting;

41The robes for use in the holy place, and the holy robes for Aaron and his sons when acting as priests.

42The children of Israel did everything as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

43Then Moses, when he saw all their work and saw that they had done everything as the Lord had said, gave them his blessing.

Exodus 40

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2On the first day of the first month you are to put up the House of the Tent of meeting.

3And inside it put the ark of the law, hanging the veil before it.

4And put the table inside, placing all the things on it in order; and put in the support for the lights, and let its lights be burning.

5And put the gold altar for burning perfumes in front of the ark of the law, hanging the curtain over the doorway of the House.

6And put the altar of burned offerings before the doorway of the House of the Tent of meeting.

7And let the washing-vessel, with water in it, be put between the Tent of meeting and the altar.

8And put up the hangings forming the open space all round it, with the curtain over its doorway.

9And take the holy oil and put it on the House and everything in it, and make it and everything in it holy:

10And put oil on the altar of burned offering, and make it and all its vessels holy; this altar is to be most holy.

11And put oil on the washing-vessel and its base, and make them holy.

12Then let Aaron and his sons come to the door of the Tent of meeting; and after washing them with water,

13You are to put on Aaron the holy robes; and you are to put oil on him, and make him holy, so that he may be my priest.

14And take his sons with him and put coats on them;

15And put oil on them as you did on their father, so that they may be my priests: the putting on of oil will make them priests for ever, from generation to generation.

16And Moses did this; as the Lord gave him orders, so he did.

17So on the first day of the first month in the second year the House was put up.

18Moses put up the House; placing its bases in position and lifting up its uprights, putting in the rods and planting the pillars in their places;

19Stretching the outer tent over it, and covering it, as the Lord had given him orders.

20And he took the law and put it inside the ark, and put the rods at its side and the cover over it;

21And he took the ark into the House, hanging up the veil before it as the Lord had given him orders.

22And he put the table in the Tent of meeting, on the north side outside the veil.

23And he put the bread on it in order before the Lord, as the Lord had said.

24The support for the lights he put in the Tent of meeting, opposite the table, on the south side:

25Lighting the lights before the Lord, as the Lord had given him orders.

26And he put the gold altar in the Tent of meeting, in front of the veil:

27Burning sweet perfumes on it, as the Lord had given him orders.

28And he put up the curtain at the doorway of the House.

29And at the door of the House of the Tent of meeting, he put the altar of burned offerings, offering on it the burned offering and the meal offering, as the Lord had given him orders.

30And between the altar and the Tent of meeting he put the vessel with water in it for washing.

31In it the hands and feet of Moses and Aaron and his sons were washed,

32Whenever they went into the Tent of meeting, and when they came near the altar, as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

33And he put up the hangings forming the open space round the House and the altar, and put the curtain over the doorway. So Moses made the work complete.

34Then the cloud came down covering the Tent of meeting, and the House was full of the glory of the Lord;

35So that Moses was not able to go into the Tent of meeting, because the cloud was resting on it, and the House was full of the glory of the Lord.

36And whenever the cloud was taken up from the House, the children of Israel went forward on their journey:

37But while the cloud was there, they made no move till it was taken up.

38For the cloud of the Lord was resting on the House by day, and at night there was fire in the cloud, before the eyes of all the people of Israel, and so it was through all their journeys.

Proverbs 18

1He who keeps himself separate for his private purpose goes against all good sense.

2A foolish man has no pleasure in good sense, but only to let what is in his heart come to light.

3When the evil-doer comes, a low opinion comes with him, and with the loss of honour comes shame.

4The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters: the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing stream.

5To have respect for the person of the evil-doer is not good, or to give a wrong decision against the upright.

6A foolish man’s lips are a cause of fighting, and his mouth makes him open to blows.

7The mouth of a foolish man is his destruction, and his lips are a net for his soul.

8The words of one who says evil of his neighbour secretly are like sweet food, and go down into the inner parts of the stomach.

9He who does not give his mind to his work is brother to him who makes destruction.

10The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the upright man running into it is safe.

11The property of a man of wealth is his strong town, and it is as a high wall in the thoughts of his heart.

12Before destruction the heart of man is full of pride, and before honour goes a gentle spirit.

13To give an answer before hearing is a foolish thing and a cause of shame.

14The spirit of a man will be his support when he is ill; but how may a broken spirit be lifted up?

15The heart of the man of good sense gets knowledge; the ear of the wise is searching for knowledge.

16A man’s offering makes room for him, letting him come before great men.

17The man who first puts his cause before the judge seems to be in the right; but then his neighbour comes and puts his cause in its true light.

18The decision of chance puts an end to argument, parting the strong.

19A brother wounded is like a strong town, and violent acts are like a locked tower.

20With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be full; the produce of his lips will be his in full measure.

21Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and those to whom it is dear will have its fruit for their food.

22Whoever gets a wife gets a good thing, and has the approval of the Lord.

23The poor man makes requests for grace, but the man of wealth gives a rough answer.

24There are friends who may be a man’s destruction, but there is a lover who keeps nearer than a brother.

Matthew 8:1-13

1And when he had come down from the mountain, great numbers of people came after him.

2And a leper came and gave him worship, saying, Lord, if it is your pleasure, you have power to make me clean.

3And he put his hand on him, saying, It is my pleasure; be clean. And straight away he was made clean.

4And Jesus said to him, See that you say nothing about this to anyone; but go and let the priest see you and make the offering which was ordered by Moses, for a witness to them.

5And when Jesus was come into Capernaum, a certain captain came to him with a request,

6Saying, Lord, my servant is ill in bed at the house, with no power in his body, and in great pain.

7And he said to him, I will come and make him well.

8And the captain in answer said, Lord, I am not good enough for you to come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be made well.

9Because I myself am a man under authority, having under me fighting men; and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.

10And when these words came to the ears of Jesus he was surprised, and said to those who came after him, Truly I say to you, I have not seen such great faith, no, not in Israel.

11And I say to you that numbers will come from the east and the west, and will take their seats with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:

12But the sons of the kingdom will be put out into the dark, and there will be weeping and cries of pain.

13And Jesus said to the captain, Go in peace; as your faith is, so let it be done to you. And the servant was made well in that hour.

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