March 12

Leviticus 20

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Again, say to the children of Israel, If any man of the children of Israel, or any other man living in Israel, gives his offspring to Molech, he is certainly to be put to death: he is to be stoned by the people of the land;

3And my face will be turned against that man, and he will be cut off from his people; because he has given his offspring to Molech, making my holy place unclean, and making my holy name common.

4And if the people of the land do not take note of that man when he gives his offspring to Molech, and do not put him to death,

5Then my face will be turned against him and his family, and he and all those who do evil with him will be cut off from among their people.

6And whoever goes after those who make use of spirits and wonder-workers, doing evil with them, against him will my face be turned, and he will be cut off from among his people.

7So make and keep yourselves holy, for I am the Lord your God.

8And keep my rules and do them: I am the Lord, who make you holy.

9Every man cursing his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death; because of his curse on his father or his mother, his blood will be on him.

10And if a man has sex relations with another man’s wife, even the wife of his neighbour, he and she are certainly to be put to death.

11And the man who has sex relations with his father’s wife has put shame on his father: the two of them are to be put to death; their blood will be on them.

12And if a man has sex relations with his son’s wife, the two of them are to be put to death: it is unnatural; their blood will be on them.

13And if a man has sex relations with a man, the two of them have done a disgusting thing: let them be put to death; their blood will be on them.

14And if a man takes as wife a woman and her mother, it is an act of shame; let them be burned with fire, all three of them, so that there may be no shame among you.

15And if a man has sex relations with a beast, let him be put to death, and let the beast be put to destruction.

16And if a woman goes near a beast and has sex relations with it, you will put an end to the woman and the beast: their blood will be on them.

17And if a man takes his sister, daughter of his father or his mother, and has sex relations with her and she with him, it is an act of shame: they are to be cut off before the children of their people; he has had sex relations with his sister, and his sin will be on him.

18And if a man has sex relations with a woman at the time when she is unwell, he has seen her fountain and she has let the fountain of her blood be uncovered, and the two of them are to be cut off from among their people.

19And you may not have sex connection with your mother’s sister or your father’s sister, for they are his near relations: their sin will be on them.

20And if a man has sex relations with the wife of his father’s brother, he has put shame on his father’s brother: their sin will be on them; till the day of their death they will have no children.

21And if a man takes his brother’s wife, it is an unclean act; he has put shame on his brother; they will have no children.

22So then, keep my rules and my decisions and do them, so that the land which I am giving you as your resting-place may not violently send you out again.

23And do not keep the rules of the nations which I am driving out before you; for they did all these things, and for that reason my soul was turned against them.

24But I have said to you, You will take their land and I will give it to you for your heritage, a land flowing with milk and honey: I am the Lord your God who have made you separate from all other peoples.

25So then, make division between the clean beast and the unclean, and between the clean bird and the unclean: do not make yourselves disgusting by any beast or bird or anything which goes flat on the earth, which has been marked by me as unclean for you.

26And you are to be holy to me; for I the Lord am holy and have made you separate from the nations, so that you may be my people.

27Any man or woman who makes use of spirits, or who is a wonder-worker, is to be put to death: they are to be stoned with stones: their blood will be on them.

Leviticus 21

1And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the priests, the sons of Aaron, Let no man make himself unclean for the dead among his people;

2But only for his near relations, for his mother or his father, his son or his daughter, and his brother;

3And for his sister, a virgin, for she is his near relation and has had no husband, he may make himself unclean.

4But let him, being a chief among his people, not make himself unclean in such a way as to put shame on himself.

5They are not to have their hair cut off for the dead, or the hair on their chins cut short, or make cuts in their flesh.

6Let them be holy to their God and not make the name of their God common; for the fire offerings of the Lord and the bread of their God are offered by them, and they are to be holy.

7They may not take as wife a loose or common woman, or one who has been put away by her husband: for the priest is holy to his God.

8And he is to be holy in your eyes, for by him the bread of your God is offered; he is to be holy in your eyes, for I the Lord, who make you holy, am holy.

9And if the daughter of a priest makes herself common and by her loose behaviour puts shame on her father, let her be burned with fire.

10And he who is the chief priest among his brothers, on whose head the holy oil has been put, who is marked out to put on the holy robes, may not let his hair go loose or have his clothing out of order as a sign of sorrow.

11He may not go near any dead body or make himself unclean for his father or his mother;

12He may not go out of the holy place or make the holy place of his God common; for the crown of the holy oil of his God is on him: I am the Lord.

13And let him take as his wife one who has not had relations with a man.

14A widow, or one whose husband has put her away, or a common woman of loose behaviour, may not be the wife of a priest; but let him take a virgin from among his people.

15And he may not make his seed unclean among his people, for I the Lord have made him holy.

16And the Lord said to Moses,

17Say to Aaron, If a man of your family, in any generation, is damaged in body, let him not come near to make the offering of the bread of his God.

18For any man whose body is damaged may not come near: one who is blind, or has not the use of his legs, or one who has a broken nose or any unnatural growth,

19Or a man with broken feet or hands,

20Or one whose back is bent, or one who is unnaturally small, or one who has a damaged eye, or whose skin is diseased, or whose sex parts are damaged;

21No man of the offspring of Aaron whose body is damaged in any way may come near to give the fire offerings of the Lord: he is damaged, he may not come near to make the offerings.

22He may take of the bread of God, the holy and the most holy;

23But he may not go inside the veil or come near the altar, because he is damaged; and he may not make my holy places common; for I the Lord have made them holy.

24These are the words which Moses said to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel.

Proverbs 30

1The words of Agur, the son of Jakeh, from Massa. The man says: I am full of weariness, O God, I am full of weariness; O God, I have come to an end:

2For I am more like a beast than any man, I have no power of reasoning like a man:

3I have not got wisdom by teaching, so that I might have the knowledge of the Holy One.

4Who has gone up to heaven and come down? who has taken the winds in his hands, prisoning the waters in his robe? by whom have all the ends of the earth been fixed? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if you are able to say?

5Every word of God is tested: he is a breastplate to those who put their faith in him.

6Make no addition to his words, or he will make clear your error, and you will be seen to be false.

7I have made request to you for two things; do not keep them from me before my death:

8Put far from me all false and foolish things: do not give me great wealth or let me be in need, but give me only enough food:

9For fear that if I am full, I may be false to you and say, Who is the Lord? or if I am poor, I may become a thief, using the name of my God wrongly.

10Do not say evil of a servant to his master, or he will put a curse on you, and you will get into trouble.

11There is a generation who put a curse on their father, and do not give a blessing to their mother.

12There is a generation who seem to themselves to be free from sin, but are not washed from their unclean ways.

13There is a generation, O how full of pride are their eyes! O how their brows are lifted up!

14There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, their strong teeth like knives, for the destruction of the poor from the earth, and of those who are in need from among men.

15The night-spirit has two daughters, Give, give. There are three things which are never full, even four which never say, Enough:

16The underworld, and the woman without a child; the earth which never has enough water, and the fire which never says, Enough.

17The eye which makes sport of a father, and sees no value in a mother when she is old will be rooted out by the ravens of the valley, and be food for the young eagles.

18There are three things, the wonder of which overcomes me, even four things outside my knowledge:

19The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a snake on a rock; the way of a ship in the heart of the sea; and the way of a man with a girl.

20This is the way of a false wife; she takes food, and, cleaning her mouth, says, I have done no wrong.

21For three things the earth is moved, and there are four which it will not put up with:

22A servant when he becomes a king; a man without sense when his wealth is increased;

23A hated woman when she is married; and a servant-girl who takes the place of her master’s wife.

24There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are very wise:

25The ants are a people not strong, but they put by a store of food in the summer;

26The conies are only a feeble people, but they make their houses in the rocks;

27The locusts have no king, but they all go out in bands;

28You may take the lizard in your hands, but it is in kings’ houses.

29There are three things whose steps are good to see, even four whose goings are fair:

30The lion, which is strongest among beasts, not turning from his way for any;

31The war-horse, and the he-goat, and the king when his army is with him.

32If you have done foolishly in lifting yourself up, or if you have had evil designs, put your hand over your mouth.

33The shaking of milk makes butter, and the twisting of the nose makes blood come: so the forcing of wrath is a cause of fighting.

Matthew 14:1-21

1At that time news of Jesus came to Herod the king;

2And he said to his servants, This is John the Baptist; he has come back from the dead, and so these powers are working in him.

3For Herod had taken John and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.

4Because John had said to him, It is not right for you to have her.

5And he would have put him to death, but for his fear of the people, because in their eyes John was a prophet.

6But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias was dancing before them, and Herod was pleased with her.

7So he gave her his word with an oath to let her have whatever she might make request for.

8And she, at her mother’s suggestion, said, Give me here on a plate the head of John the Baptist.

9And the king was sad; but because of his oaths and because of his guests, he gave the order for it to be given to her;

10And he sent and had John’s head cut off in the prison.

11And his head was put on a plate and given to the girl; and she took it to her mother.

12And his disciples came, and took up his body and put it in the earth; and they went and gave Jesus news of what had taken place.

13Now when it came to the ears of Jesus, he went away from there in a boat, to a waste place by himself: and the people hearing of it, went after him on foot from the towns.

14And he came out and saw a great number of people and he had pity on them, and made well those of them who were ill.

15And when evening had come, the disciples came to him, saying, This place is waste land, and the time is now past; send the people away so that they may go into the towns and get themselves food.

16But Jesus said to them, There is no need for them to go away; give them food yourselves.

17And they say to him, We have here but five cakes of bread and two fishes.

18And he said, Give them to me.

19And he gave orders for the people to be seated on the grass; and he took the five cakes of bread and the two fishes and, looking up to heaven, he said words of blessing, and made division of the food, and gave it to the disciples, and the disciples gave it to the people.

20And they all took of the food and had enough: and they took up twelve baskets full of broken bits which were not used.

21And those who had food were about five thousand men, in addition to women and children.


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