March 01

Leviticus 1

1And the voice of the Lord came to Moses out of the Tent of meeting, saying,

2Give these orders to the children of Israel: When anyone of you makes an offering to the Lord, you are to take it from the cattle, from the herd or from the flock.

3If the offering is a burned offering of the herd, let him give a male without a mark: he is to give it at the door of the Tent of meeting so that he may be pleasing to the Lord.

4And he is to put his hand on the head of the burned offering and it will be taken for him, to take away his sin.

5And the ox is to be put to death before the Lord: then Aaron’s sons, the priests, are to take the blood and put some of it on and round the altar which is at the door of the Tent of meeting.

6And the burned offering is to be skinned and cut up into its parts.

7And Aaron’s sons, the priests, are to put fire on the altar and put the wood in order on the fire:

8And Aaron’s sons, the priests, are to put the parts, the head and the fat, in order on the wood which is on the fire on the altar:

9But its inside parts and its legs are to be washed with water, and it will all be burned on the altar by the priest for a burned offering, an offering made by fire, for a sweet smell to the Lord.

10And if his offering is of the flock, a burned offering of sheep or goats, let him give a male without a mark.

11And he is to put it to death on the north side of the altar before the Lord: and Aaron’s sons, the priests, are to put some of the blood on and round the altar.

12And the offering is to be cut into its parts, with its head and its fat; and the priest is to put them in order on the wood which is on the fire on the altar:

13But the inside parts and the legs are to be washed with water; and the priest will make an offering of all of it, burning it on the altar: it is a burned offering, an offering made by fire, for a sweet smell to the Lord.

14And if his offering to the Lord is a burned offering of birds, then he is to make his offering of doves or of young pigeons.

15And the priest is to take it to the altar, and after its head has been twisted off, it is to be burned on the altar, and its blood drained out on the side of the altar:

16And he is to take away its stomach, with its feathers, and put it down by the east side of the altar, where the burned waste is put:

17And let it be broken open at the wings, but not cut in two; and let it be burned on the altar by the priest on the wood which is on the fire; it is a burned offering; an offering made by fire for a sweet smell to the Lord.

Leviticus 2

1And when anyone makes a meal offering to the Lord, let his offering be of the best meal, with oil on it and perfume:

2And let him take it to Aaron’s sons, the priests; and having taken in his hand some of the meal and of the oil, with all the perfume, let him give it to the priest to be burned on the altar, as a sign, an offering made by fire, for a sweet smell to the Lord.

3And the rest of the meal offering will be for Aaron and his sons; it is most holy among the Lord’s fire offerings.

4And when you give a meal offering cooked in the oven, let it be of unleavened cakes of the best meal mixed with oil, or thin unleavened cakes covered with oil.

5And if you give a meal offering cooked on a flat plate, let it be of the best meal, unleavened and mixed with oil.

6Let it be broken into bits, and put oil on it; it is a meal offering.

7And if your offering is of meal cooked in fat over the fire, let it be made of the best meal mixed with oil.

8And you are to give the meal offering made of these things to the Lord, and let the priest take it to the altar.

9And he is to take from the meal offering a part, for a sign, burning it on the altar; an offering made by fire for a sweet smell to the Lord.

10And the rest of the meal offering will be for Aaron and his sons; it is most holy among the Lord’s fire offerings.

11No meal offering which you give to the Lord is to be made with leaven; no leaven or honey is to be burned as an offering made by fire to the Lord.

12You may give them as an offering of first-fruits to the Lord, but they are not to go up as a sweet smell on the altar.

13And every meal offering is to be salted with salt; your meal offering is not to be without the salt of the agreement of your God: with all your offerings give salt.

14And if you give a meal offering of first-fruits to the Lord, give, as your offering of first-fruits, new grain, made dry with fire, crushed new grain.

15And put oil on it and perfume: it is a meal offering.

16And part of the meal of the offering and part of the oil and all the perfume is to be burned for a sign by the priest: it is an offering made by fire to the Lord.

Proverbs 19

1Better is the poor man whose ways are upright, than the man of wealth whose ways are twisted.

2Further, without knowledge desire is not good; and he who is over-quick in acting goes out of the right way.

3By his foolish behaviour a man’s ways are turned upside down, and his heart is bitter against the Lord.

4Wealth makes a great number of friends; but the poor man is parted from his friend.

5A false witness will not go without punishment, and the breather out of deceit will not go free.

6Great numbers will make attempts to get the approval of a ruler: and every man is the special friend of him who has something to give.

7All the brothers of the poor man are against him: how much more do his friends go far from him! …

8He who gets wisdom has love for his soul: he who keeps good sense will get what is truly good.

9A false witness will not go without punishment, and the breather out of deceit will be cut off.

10Material comfort is not good for the foolish; much less for a servant to be put over rulers.

11A man’s good sense makes him slow to wrath, and the overlooking of wrongdoing is his glory.

12The king’s wrath is like the loud cry of a lion, but his approval is like dew on the grass.

13A foolish son is the destruction of his father; and the bitter arguments of a wife are like drops of rain falling without end.

14House and wealth are a heritage from fathers, but a wife with good sense is from the Lord.

15Hate of work sends deep sleep on a man: and he who has no industry will go without food.

16He who keeps the law keeps his soul; but death will be the fate of him who takes no note of the word.

17He who has pity on the poor gives to the Lord, and the Lord will give him his reward.

18Give your son training while there is hope; let not your heart be purposing his death.

19A man of great wrath will have to take his punishment: for if you get him out of trouble you will have to do it again.

20Let your ear be open to suggestion and take teaching, so that at the end you may be wise.

21A man’s heart may be full of designs, but the purpose of the Lord is unchanging.

22The ornament of a man is his mercy, and a poor man is better than one who is false.

23The fear of the Lord gives life: and he who has it will have need of nothing; no evil will come his way.

24The hater of work puts his hand deep into the basin, and will not even take it to his mouth again.

25When blows overtake the man of pride, the simple will get sense; say sharp words to the wise, and knowledge will be made clear to him.

26He who is violent to his father, driving away his mother, is a son causing shame and a bad name.

27A son who no longer gives attention to teaching is turned away from the words of knowledge.

28A good-for-nothing witness makes sport of the judge’s decision: and the mouth of evil-doers sends out evil like a stream.

29Rods are being made ready for the man of pride, and blows for the back of the foolish.

Matthew 8:14-34

14And when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother in bed, very ill.

15And he put his hand on hers and the disease went from her, and she got up and took care of his needs.

16And in the evening, they took to him a number of people who had evil spirits; and he sent the spirits out of them with a word, and made well all who were ill;

17So that the word of Isaiah the prophet might come true: He himself took our pains and our diseases.

18Now when Jesus saw a great mass of people about him, he gave an order to go to the other side.

19And there came a scribe and said to him, Master, I will come after you wherever you go.

20And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven have a resting-place; but the Son of man has nowhere to put his head.

21And another of the disciples said to him, Lord, let me first go and give the last honours to my father.

22But Jesus said to him, Come after me; and let the dead take care of their dead.

23And when he had got into a boat, his disciples went after him.

24And there came up a great storm in the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves: but he was sleeping.

25And they came to him, and, awaking him, said, Help, Lord; destruction is near.

26And he said to them, Why are you full of fear, O you of little faith? Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27And the men were full of wonder, saying, What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea do his orders?

28And when he had come to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, there came out to him from the place of the dead, two who had evil spirits, so violent that no man was able to go that way.

29And they gave a loud cry, saying, What have we to do with you, you Son of God? Have you come here to give us punishment before the time?

30Now there was, some distance away, a great herd of pigs taking their food.

31And the evil spirits made strong prayers to him, saying, If you send us out, let us go into the herd of pigs.

32And he said to them, Go. And they came out, and went into the pigs; and the herd went rushing down a sharp slope into the sea and came to their end in the water.

33And their keepers went in flight to the town and gave an account of everything, and of the men who had the evil spirits.

34And all the town came out to Jesus; and seeing him they made request that he would go away from their part of the country.

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