March 11

Leviticus 19

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to all the people of Israel, You are to be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.

3Let every man give honour to his mother and to his father and keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

4Do not go after false gods, and do not make metal images of gods for yourselves: I am the Lord your God.

5And when you give a peace offering to the Lord, do it in the way which is pleasing to the Lord.

6Let it be used for food on the same day on which it is offered, or on the day after; and whatever is over on the third day is to be burned with fire.

7If any of it is used for food on the third day, it is a disgusting thing and will not be pleasing to the Lord.

8And as for anyone who takes it for food, his sin will be on him, for he has put shame on the holy thing of the Lord: he will be cut off from his people.

9And when you get in the grain from your land, do not let all the grain be cut from the edges of the field, or take up what has been dropped on the earth after the getting in of the grain.

10And do not take all the grapes from your vine-garden, or the fruit dropped on the earth; let the poor man, and the man from another country, have these: I am the Lord your God.

11Do not take anyone’s property or be false in act or word to another.

12And do not take an oath in my name falsely, putting shame on the name of your God: I am the Lord.

13Do not be cruel to your neighbour or take what is his; do not keep back a servant’s payment from him all night till the morning.

14Do not put a curse on those who have no hearing, or put a cause of falling in the way of the blind, but keep the fear of your God before you: I am the Lord.

15Do no wrong in your judging: do not give thought to the position of the poor, or honour to the position of the great; but be a judge to your neighbour in righteousness.

16Do not go about saying untrue things among your people, or take away the life of your neighbour by false witness: I am the Lord.

17Let there be no hate in your heart for your brother; but you may make a protest to your neighbour, so that he may be stopped from doing evil.

18Do not make attempts to get equal with one who has done you wrong, or keep hard feelings against the children of your people, but have love for your neighbour as for yourself: I am the Lord.

19Keep my laws. Do not let your cattle have offspring by those of a different sort; do not put mixed seed into your field; do not put on a robe made of two sorts of cloth.

20If any man has sex relations with a servant-woman who has given her word to be married to a man, and has not been made free for a price or in any other way, the thing will be looked into; but they will not be put to death because she was not a free woman.

21Let him take his offering for wrongdoing to the Lord, to the door of the Tent of meeting; let him give a male sheep as an offering for wrongdoing.

22And the priest will take away his sin before the Lord with the sheep which is offered for his wrongdoing, and he will have forgiveness for the sin which he has done.

23And when you have come into the land, and have put in all sorts of fruit-trees, their fruit will be as if they had not had circumcision, and for three years their fruit may not be used for food.

24And in the fourth year all the fruit will be holy as a praise-offering to the Lord.

25But in the fifth year you may take the fruit and the increase of it for your food: I am the Lord your God.

26Nothing may be used for food with its blood in it; you may not make use of strange arts, or go in search of signs and wonders.

27The ends of the hair round your face and on your chin may not be cut off.

28You may not make cuts in your flesh in respect for the dead, or have marks printed on your bodies: I am the Lord.

29Do not make your daughter common by letting her become a loose woman, for fear that the land may become full of shame.

30Keep my Sabbaths and have respect for my holy place: I am the Lord.

31Do not go after those who make use of spirits, or wonder-workers; do not go in their ways or become unclean through them: I am the Lord your God.

32Get up from your seats before the white-haired, and give honour to the old, and let the fear of your God be before you: I am the Lord.

33And if a man from another country is living in your land with you, do not make life hard for him;

34Let him be to you as one of your countrymen and have love for him as for yourself; for you were living in a strange land, in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

35Do not make false decisions in questions of yard-sticks and weights and measures.

36Have true scales, true weights and measures for all things: I am the Lord your God, who took you out of the land of Egypt;

37You are to keep all my rules and my decisions and do them: I am the Lord.

Proverbs 29

1A man hating sharp words and making his heart hard, will suddenly be broken and will not be made well again.

2When the upright have power, the people are glad; when an evil man is ruler, grief comes on the people.

3A man who is a lover of wisdom is a joy to his father: but he who goes in the company of loose women is a waster of wealth.

4A king, by right rule, makes the land safe; but one full of desires makes it a waste.

5A man who says smooth things to his neighbour is stretching out a net for his steps.

6In the steps of an evil man there is a net for him, but the upright man gets away quickly and is glad.

7The upright man gives attention to the cause of the poor: the evil-doer gives no thought to it.

8Men of pride are the cause of violent acts in a town, but by wise men wrath is turned away.

9If a wise man goes to law with a foolish man, he may be angry or laughing, but there will be no rest.

10Men of blood are haters of the good man, and evil-doers go after his soul.

11A foolish man lets out all his wrath, but a wise man keeps it back quietly.

12If a ruler gives attention to false words, all his servants are evil-doers.

13The poor man and his creditor come face to face: the Lord gives light to their eyes equally.

14The king who is a true judge in the cause of the poor, will be safe for ever on the seat of his power.

15The rod and sharp words give wisdom: but a child who is not guided is a cause of shame to his mother.

16When evil men are in power, wrongdoing is increased; but the upright will have pleasure when they see their downfall.

17Give your son training, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your soul.

18Where there is no vision, the people are uncontrolled; but he who keeps the law will be happy.

19A servant will not be trained by words; for though the sense of the words is clear to him, he will not give attention.

20Have you seen a man who is quick with his tongue? There is more hope for a foolish man than for him.

21If a servant is gently cared for from his early years, he will become a cause of sorrow in the end.

22An angry man is the cause of fighting, and a man given to wrath does much wrong.

23A man’s pride will be the cause of his fall, but he who has a gentle spirit will get honour.

24A man who takes part with a thief has hate for his soul; he is put under oath, but says nothing.

25The fear of man is a cause of danger: but whoever puts his faith in the Lord will have a safe place on high.

26The approval of a ruler is desired by great numbers: but the decision in a man’s cause comes from the Lord.

27An evil man is disgusting to the upright, and he who is upright is disgusting to evil-doers.

Matthew 13:24-58

24And he gave them another story, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who put good seed in his field:

25But while men were sleeping, one who had hate for him came and put evil seeds among the grain, and went away.

26But when the green stem came up and gave fruit, the evil plants were seen at the same time.

27And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, Sir, did you not put good seed in your field? how then has it evil plants?

28And he said, Someone has done this in hate. And the servants say to him, Is it your pleasure that we go and take them up?

29But he says, No, for fear that by chance while you take up the evil plants, you may be rooting up the grain with them.

30Let them come up together till the getting in of the grain; and then I will say to the workers, Take up first the evil plants, and put them together for burning: but put the grain into my store-house.

31He put another story before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his field:

32Which is smaller than all seeds; but when it has come up it is greater than the plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of heaven come and make their resting-places in its branches.

33Another story he gave to them: The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and put in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.

34All these things Jesus said to the people in the form of stories; and without a story he said nothing to them:

35That it might come true which was said by the prophet, Opening my mouth, I will give out stories; I will give knowledge of things kept secret from before all time.

36Then he went away from the people, and went into the house; and his disciples came to him, saying, Make clear to us the story of the evil plants in the field.

37And he made answer and said, He who puts the good seed in the earth is the Son of man;

38And the field is the world; and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom; and the evil seeds are the sons of the Evil One;

39And he who put them in the earth is Satan; and the getting in of the grain is the end of the world; and those who get it in are the angels.

40As then the evil plants are got together and burned with fire, so will it be in the end of the world.

41The Son of man will send out his angels, and they will take out of his kingdom everything which is a cause of error, and all those who do wrong,

42And will put them into the fire; there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.

43Then will the upright be shining as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him give ear.

44The kingdom of heaven is like a secret store of wealth in a field, which a man came across and put back again; and in his joy he goes and gives all he has, to get that field.

45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a trader searching for beautiful jewels.

46And having come across one jewel of great price, he went and gave all he had in exchange for it.

47Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, which was put into the sea and took in every sort of fish:

48When it was full, they took it up on the sands; and seated there they put the good into vessels, but the bad they put away.

49So will it be in the end of the world: the angels will come and take out the bad from the good,

50And will put them into the fire: there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.

51Are all these things now clear to you? They say to him, Yes.

52And he said to them, For this reason every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house, who gives out from his store things new and old.

53And when Jesus had come to the end of these stories he went away from there.

54And coming into his country, he gave them teaching in their Synagogue, so that they were greatly surprised and said, Where did this man get this wisdom and these works of power?

55Is not this the woodworker’s son? is not his mother named Mary? and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?

56And his sisters, are they not all with us? from where, then, has he all these things?

57And they were bitter against him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is nowhere without honour but in his country and among his family.

58And the works of power which he did there were small in number because they had no faith.

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