March 02

Leviticus 3

1And if his offering is given for a peace-offering; if he gives of the herd, male or female, let him give it without any mark on it, before the Lord.

2And he is to put his hand on the head of his offering and put it to death at the door of the Tent of meeting; and Aaron’s sons, the priests, are to put some of the blood on and round the altar.

3And he is to give of the peace-offering, as an offering made by fire to the Lord; the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat on the inside parts,

4And the two kidneys, and the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, he is to take away;

5That it may be burned by Aaron’s sons on the altar, on the burned offering which is on the wood on the fire: it is an offering made by fire of a sweet smell to the Lord.

6And if what he gives for a peace-offering to the Lord is of the flock, let him give a male or female, without any mark on it.

7If his offering is a lamb, then let it be placed before the Lord:

8And he is to put his hand on the head of his offering and put it to death before the Tent of meeting; and Aaron’s sons are to put some of its blood on and round the altar.

9And of the peace-offering, let him give an offering made by fire to the Lord; the fat of it, all the fat tail, he is to take away near the backbone; and the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat on the inside parts,

10And the two kidneys, with the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, he is to take away;

11That it may be burned by the priest on the altar; it is the food of the offering made by fire to the Lord.

12And if his offering is a goat, then let it be placed before the Lord,

13And let him put his hand on the head of it and put it to death before the Tent of meeting; and the sons of Aaron are to put some of its blood on and round the altar.

14And of it let him make his offering, an offering made by fire to the Lord; the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat on the inside parts,

15And the two kidneys, with the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, let him take away;

16That it may be burned by the priest on the altar; it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet smell: all the fat is the Lord’s.

17Let it be an order for ever, through all your generations, in all your houses, that you are not to take fat or blood for food.

Leviticus 4

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to the children of Israel: These are the offerings of anyone who does wrong through error, doing any of the things which by the Lord’s order are not to be done:

3If the chief priest by doing wrong becomes a cause of sin to the people, then let him give to the Lord for the sin which he has done, an ox, without any mark, for a sin-offering.

4And he is to take the ox to the door of the Tent of meeting before the Lord; and put his hand on its head and put it to death before the Lord.

5And the chief priest is to take some of its blood and take it to the Tent of meeting;

6And the priest is to put his finger in the blood, shaking drops of it before the Lord seven times, in front of the veil of the holy place.

7And the priest is to put some of the blood on the horns of the altar on which perfume is burned before the Lord in the Tent of meeting, draining out all the rest of the blood of the ox at the base of the altar of burned offering which is at the door of the Tent of meeting.

8And he is to take away all the fat of the ox of the sin-offering; the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat of the inside parts,

9And the two kidneys, with the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, he is to take away,

10As it is taken from the ox of the peace-offering; and it is to be burned by the priest on the altar of burned offerings.

11And the skin of the ox and all its flesh, with its head and its legs and its inside parts and its waste,

12All the ox, he is to take away outside the circle of the tents into a clean place where the burned waste is put, and there it is to be burned on wood with fire.

13And if all the people of Israel do wrong, without anyone’s knowledge; if they have done any of the things which by the Lord’s order are not to be done, causing sin to come on them;

14When the sin which they have done comes to light, then let all the people give an ox for a sin-offering, and take it before the Tent of meeting.

15And let the chiefs of the people put their hands on its head before the Lord, and put the ox to death before the Lord.

16And the priest is to take some of its blood to the Tent of meeting;

17And put his finger in the blood, shaking drops of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the veil.

18And he is to put some of the blood on the horns of the altar which is before the Lord in the Tent of meeting; and all the rest of the blood is to be drained out at the base of the altar of burned offering at the door of the Tent of meeting.

19And he is to take off all its fat, burning it on the altar.

20Let him do with the ox as he did with the ox of the sin-offering; and the priest will take away their sin and they will have forgiveness.

21Then let the ox be taken away outside the tent-circle, that it may be burned as the other ox was burned; it is the sin-offering for all the people.

22If a ruler does wrong, and in error does any of the things which, by the order of the Lord his God, are not to be done, causing sin to come on him;

23When the sin which he has done is made clear to him, let him give for his offering a goat, a male without any mark.

24And he is to put his hand on the head of the goat and put it to death in the place where they put to death the burned offering before the Lord: it is a sin-offering.

25And the priest is to take some of the blood of the offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burned offering, draining out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar of burned offering.

26And all the fat of it is to be burned on the altar like the fat of the peace-offering; and the priest will take away his sin and he will have forgiveness.

27And if any one of the common people does wrong in error, doing any of the things which the Lord has given orders are not to be done, causing sin to come on him;

28When the sin which he has done is made clear to him, then he is to give for his offering a goat, a female without any mark, for the sin which he has done.

29And he is to put his hand on the head of the sin-offering and put it to death in the place where they put to death the burned offering.

30And the priest is to take some of the blood with his finger, and put it on the horns of the altar of burned offering, and all the rest of its blood is to be drained out at the base of the altar.

31And let all its fat be taken away, as the fat is taken away from the peace-offerings, and let it be burned on the altar by the priest for a sweet smell to the Lord; and the priest will take away his sin and he will have forgiveness.

32And if he gives a lamb as his sin-offering, let it be a female without any mark;

33And he is to put his hand on the head of the offering and put it to death for a sin-offering in the place where they put to death the burned offering.

34And the priest is to take some of the blood of the offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burned offering, and all the rest of the blood is to be drained out at the base of the altar;

35And let him take away all its fat, as the fat is taken away from the lamb of the peace-offerings; and let it be burned by the priest on the altar among the offerings made by fire to the Lord: and the priest will take away his sin and he will have forgiveness.

Proverbs 20

1Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise.

2The wrath of a king is like the loud cry of a lion: he who makes him angry does wrong against himself.

3It is an honour for a man to keep from fighting, but the foolish are ever at war.

4The hater of work will not do his ploughing because of the winter; so at the time of grain-cutting he will be requesting food and will get nothing.

5The purpose in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of good sense will get it out.

6Most men make no secret of their kind acts: but where is a man of good faith to be seen?

7An upright man goes on in his righteousness: happy are his children after him!

8A king on the seat of judging puts to flight all evil with his eyes.

9Who is able to say, I have made my heart clean, I am free from my sin?

10Unequal weights and unequal measures, they are all disgusting to the Lord.

11Even a child may be judged by his doings, if his work is free from sin and if it is right.

12The hearing ear and the seeing eye are equally the Lord’s work.

13Do not be a lover of sleep, or you will become poor: keep your eyes open, and you will have bread enough.

14A poor thing, a poor thing, says he who is giving money for goods: but when he has gone on his way, then he makes clear his pride in what he has got.

15There is gold and a store of corals: but the lips of knowledge are a jewel of great price.

16Take a man’s clothing if he makes himself responsible for a strange man, and get an undertaking from him who gives his word for strange men.

17Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but after, his mouth will be full of sand.

18Every purpose is put into effect by wise help: and by wise guiding make war.

19He who goes about talking of the business of others gives away secrets: so have nothing to do with him whose lips are open wide.

20If anyone puts a curse on his father or his mother, his light will be put out in the blackest night.

21A heritage may be got quickly at first, but the end of it will not be a blessing.

22Do not say, I will give punishment for evil: go on waiting for the Lord, and he will be your saviour.

23Unequal weights are disgusting to the Lord, and false scales are not good.

24A man’s steps are of the Lord; how then may a man have knowledge of his way?

25It is a danger to a man to say without thought, It is holy, and, after taking his oaths, to be questioning if it is necessary to keep them.

26A wise king puts evil-doers to flight, and makes their evil-doing come back on them.

27The Lord keeps watch over the spirit of man, searching all the deepest parts of the body.

28Mercy and good faith keep the king safe, and the seat of his power is based on upright acts.

29The glory of young men is their strength, and the honour of old men is their grey hairs.

30By the wounds of the rod evil is taken away, and blows make clean the deepest parts of the body.

Matthew 9:1-17

1And he got into a boat and went across and came to his town.

2And they took to him a man stretched on a bed who had no power of moving; and Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man who was ill, Son, take heart; you have forgiveness for your sins.

3And some of the scribes said among themselves, This man has no respect for God.

4And Jesus, having knowledge of what was in their minds, said, Why are your thoughts evil?

5For which is the simpler, to say, You have forgiveness for your sins; or to say, Get up and go?

6But so that you may see that on earth the Son of man has authority for the forgiveness of sins, (then said he to the man who was ill,) Get up, and take up your bed, and go to your house.

7And he got up and went away to his house.

8But when the people saw it they were full of fear, and gave glory to God who had given such authority to men.

9And when Jesus was going from there, he saw a man whose name was Matthew, seated at the place where taxes were taken; and he said to him, Come after me. And he got up and went after him.

10And it came about, when he was in the house taking food, that a number of tax-farmers and sinners came and took their places with Jesus and his disciples.

11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, Why does your Master take food with tax-farmers and sinners?

12But on hearing this he said, Those who are well have no need of a medical man, but those who are ill.

13But go and take to heart the sense of these words, My desire is for mercy, not offerings: for I have come not to get the upright, but sinners.

14Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees frequently go without food, but your disciples do not?

15And Jesus said to them, Will the friends of the newly-married man be sad as long as he is with them? But the days will come when he will be taken away from them, and then will they go without food.

16And no man puts a bit of new cloth on an old coat, for by pulling away from the old, it makes a worse hole.

17And men do not put new wine into old wine-skins; or the skins will be burst and the wine will come out, and the skins are of no more use: but they put new wine into new wine-skins, and so the two will be safe.

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