March 13

Leviticus 22

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Give orders to Aaron and to his sons to keep themselves separate from the holy things of the children of Israel which they give to me, and not to make my holy name common: I am the Lord,

3Say to them, If any man of all your seed through all your generations, being unclean, comes near the holy things which the children of Israel make holy to the Lord, he will be cut off from before me: I am the Lord.

4No man of the seed of Aaron who is a leper, or who has a flow from his body, may take of the holy food till he is clean. And any man touching anything which is unclean because of the dead, or any man whose seed goes from him;

5Or anyone touching any unclean thing which goes flat on the earth, or someone by whom he may be made unclean in any way whatever;

6Any person touching any such unclean thing will be unclean till evening, and may not take of the holy food till his flesh has been bathed in water;

7And when the sun has gone down he will be clean; and after that he may take part in the holy food, because it is his bread.

8That which comes to a natural death, or is attacked by beasts, he may not take as food, for it will make him unclean: I am the Lord.

9So then, let them keep what I have put into their care, for fear that sin may come on them because of it, so causing their death because they have made it common: I am the Lord, who make them holy.

10No outside person may take of the holy food, or one living as a guest in the priest’s house, or a servant working for payment.

11But any person for whom the priest has given money, to make him his, may take of it with him; and those who come to birth in his house may take of his bread.

12And if the daughter of a priest is married to an outside person she may not take of the holy things which are lifted up as offerings.

13But if a priest’s daughter is a widow, or parted from her husband, and has no child, and has come back to her father’s house as when she was a girl, she may take of her father’s bread; but no outside person may do so.

14And if a man takes the holy food in error, he will have to give the holy thing back to the priest, with the addition of a fifth part.

15And they may not make common the holy things which the children of Israel give to the Lord,

16So causing sin to come on them when they take their holy things for food: I am the Lord who make them holy.

17And the Lord said to Moses,

18Say to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel, If any man of the children of Israel, or of another nation living in Israel, makes an offering, given because of an oath or freely given to the Lord for a burned offering;

19So that it may be pleasing to the Lord, let him give a male, without any mark, from among the oxen or the sheep or the goats.

20But anything which has a mark you may not give; it will not make you pleasing to the Lord.

21And whoever makes a peace-offering to the Lord, in payment of an oath or as a free offering, from the herd or the flock, if it is to be pleasing to the Lord, let it be free from any mark or damage.

22Anything blind or broken or damaged or having any disease or any mark on it may not be offered to the Lord; you may not make an offering of it by fire on the altar to the Lord.

23An ox or a lamb which has more or less than its natural parts, may be given as a free offering; but it will not be taken in payment of an oath.

24An animal which has its sex parts damaged or crushed or broken or cut, may not be offered to the Lord; such a thing may not be done anywhere in your land.

25And from one who is not an Israelite you may not take any of these for an offering to the Lord; for they are unclean, there is a mark on them, and the Lord will not be pleased with them.

26And the Lord said to Moses,

27When an ox or a sheep or a goat is given birth, let it be with its mother for seven days; and after the eighth day it may be taken as an offering made by fire to the Lord.

28A cow or a sheep may not be put to death with its young on the same day.

29And when you make an offering of praise to the Lord, make it in a way which is pleasing to him.

30Let it be used for food on the same day; do not keep any part of it till the morning: I am the Lord.

31So then, keep my orders and do them: I am the Lord.

32And do not make my holy name common; so that it may be kept holy by the children of Israel: I am the Lord who make you holy,

33Who took you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God: I am the Lord.

Leviticus 23

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to the children of Israel, These are the fixed feasts of the Lord, which you will keep for holy meetings: these are my feasts.

3On six days work may be done; but the seventh day is a special day of rest, a time for worship; you may do no sort of work: it is a Sabbath to the Lord wherever you may be living.

4These are the fixed feasts of the Lord, the holy days of worship which you will keep at their regular times.

5In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at nightfall, is the Lord’s Passover;

6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread; for seven days let your food be unleavened bread.

7On the first day you will have a holy meeting; you may do no sort of field-work.

8And every day for seven days you will give a burned offering to the Lord; and on the seventh day there will be a holy meeting; you may do no field-work.

9And the Lord said to Moses,

10Say to the children of Israel, When you have come to the land which I will give you, and have got in the grain from its fields, take some of the first-fruits of the grain to the priest;

11And let the grain be waved before the Lord, so that you may be pleasing to him; on the day after the Sabbath let it be waved by the priest.

12And on the day of the waving of the grain, you are to give a male lamb of the first year, without any mark, for a burned offering to the Lord.

13And let the meal offering with it be two tenth parts of an ephah of the best meal mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord for a sweet smell; and the drink offering with it is to be of wine, the fourth part of a hin.

14And you may take no bread or dry grain or new grain for food till the very day on which you have given the offering for your God: this is a rule for ever through all your generations wherever you are living.

15And let seven full weeks be numbered from the day after the Sabbath, the day when you give the grain for the wave offering;

16Let fifty days be numbered, to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you are to give a new meal offering to the Lord.

17Take from your houses two cakes of bread, made of a fifth part of an ephah of the best meal, cooked with leaven, to be waved for first-fruits to the Lord.

18And with the bread, take seven lambs of the first year, without any marks, and one ox and two male sheep, to be a burned offering to the Lord, with their meal offering and their drink offerings, an offering of a sweet smell made by fire to the Lord.

19And you are to give one male goat for a sin-offering and two male lambs of the first year for peace-offerings.

20And these will be waved by the priest, with the bread of the first-fruits, for a wave offering to the Lord, with the two lambs: they will be holy to the Lord for the priest.

21And on the same day, let it be given out that there will be a holy meeting for you: you may do no field-work on that day: it is a rule for ever through all your generations wherever you are living.

22And when you get in the grain from your land, do not let all the grain at the edges of the field be cut, and do not take up the grain which has been dropped in the field; let that be for the poor, and for the man from another country: I am the Lord your God.

23And the Lord said to Moses,

24Say to the children of Israel, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, let there be a special day of rest for you, a day of memory, marked by the blowing of horns, a meeting for worship.

25Do no field-work and give to the Lord an offering made by fire.

26And the Lord said to Moses,

27The tenth day of this seventh month is the day for the taking away of sin; let it be a holy day of worship; you are to keep from pleasure, and give to the Lord an offering made by fire.

28And on that day you may do no sort of work, for it is a day of taking away sin, to make you clean before the Lord your God.

29For any person, whoever he may be, who takes his pleasure on that day will be cut off from his people.

30And if any person, whoever he may be, on that day does any sort of work, I will send destruction on him from among his people.

31You may not do any sort of work: this is an order for ever through all your generations wherever you may be living.

32Let this be a Sabbath of special rest to you, and keep yourselves from all pleasure; on the ninth day of the month at nightfall from evening to evening, let this Sabbath be kept.

33And the Lord said to Moses,

34Say to the children of Israel, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month let the feast of tents be kept to the Lord for seven days.

35On the first day there will be a holy meeting: do no field-work.

36Every day for seven days give an offering made by fire to the Lord; and on the eighth day there is to be a holy meeting, when you are to give an offering made by fire to the Lord; this is a special holy day: you may do no field-work on that day.

37These are the fixed feasts of the Lord, to be kept by you as holy days of worship, for making an offering by fire to the Lord; a burned offering, a meal offering, an offering of beasts, and drink offerings; every one on its special day;

38In addition to the Sabbaths of the Lord, and in addition to the things you give and the oaths you make and the free offerings to the Lord.

39But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have got in all the fruits of the land, you will keep the feast of the Lord for seven days: the first day will be a Sabbath, and the eighth day the same.

40On the first day, take the fruit of fair trees, branches of palm-trees, and branches of thick trees and trees from the riverside, and be glad before the Lord for seven days.

41And let this feast be kept before the Lord for seven days in the year: it is a rule for ever from generation to generation; in the seventh month let it be kept.

42For seven days you will be living in tents; all those who are Israelites by birth are to make tents their living-places:

43So that future generations may keep in mind how I gave the children of Israel tents as their living-places when I took them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

44And Moses made clear to the children of Israel the orders about the fixed feasts of the Lord.

Proverbs 31

1The words of Lemuel, king of Massa: the teaching which he had from his mother.

2What am I to say to you, O Lemuel, my oldest son? and what, O son of my body? and what, O son of my oaths?

3Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which is the destruction of kings.

4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to take wine, or for rulers to say, Where is strong drink?

5For fear that through drinking they may come to have no respect for the law, wrongly judging the cause of those who are in trouble.

6Give strong drink to him who is near to destruction, and wine to him whose soul is bitter:

7Let him have drink, and his need will go from his mind, and the memory of his trouble will be gone.

8Let your mouth be open for those who have no voice, in the cause of those who are ready for death.

9Let your mouth be open, judging rightly, and give right decisions in the cause of the poor and those in need.

10Who may make discovery of a woman of virtue? For her price is much higher than jewels.

11The heart of her husband has faith in her, and he will have profit in full measure.

12She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She gets wool and linen, working at the business of her hands.

14She is like the trading-ships, getting food from far away.

15She gets up while it is still night, and gives meat to her family, and their food to her servant-girls.

16After looking at a field with care, she gets it for a price, planting a vine-garden with the profit of her work.

17She puts a band of strength round her, and makes her arms strong.

18She sees that her marketing is of profit to her: her light does not go out by night.

19She puts her hands to the cloth-working rod, and her fingers take the wheel.

20Her hands are stretched out to the poor; yes, she is open-handed to those who are in need.

21She has no fear of the snow for her family, for all those in her house are clothed in red.

22She makes for herself cushions of needlework; her clothing is fair linen and purple.

23Her husband is a man of note in the public place, when he takes his seat among the responsible men of the land.

24She makes linen robes and gets a price for them, and traders take her cloth bands for a price.

25Strength and self-respect are her clothing; she is facing the future with a smile.

26Her mouth is open to give out wisdom, and the law of mercy is on her tongue.

27She gives attention to the ways of her family, she does not take her food without working for it.

28Her children get up and give her honour, and her husband gives her praise, saying,

29Unnumbered women have done well, but you are better than all of them.

30Fair looks are a deceit, and a beautiful form is of no value; but a woman who has the fear of the Lord is to be praised.

31Give her credit for what her hands have made: let her be praised by her works in the public place.

Matthew 14:22-36

22And straight away he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, till he had sent the people away.

23And after he had sent the people away, he went up into the mountain by himself for prayer: and when evening was come, he was there by himself.

24But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, and was troubled by the waves: for the wind was against them.

25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

26And when they saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they gave cries of fear.

27But straight away Jesus said to them, Take heart; it is I, have no fear.

28And Peter, answering, said to him, Lord, if it is you, give me the order to come to you on the water.

29And he said, Come. And Peter got out of the boat, and walking on the water, went to Jesus.

30But when he saw the wind he was in fear and, starting to go down, he gave a cry, saying, Help, Lord.

31And straight away Jesus put out his hand and took a grip of him, and said to him, O man of little faith, why were you in doubt?

32And when they had got into the boat, the wind went down.

33And those who were in the boat gave him worship, saying, Truly you are the Son of God.

34And when they had gone across, they came to land at Gennesaret.

35And when the men of that place had news of him, they sent into all the country round about, and took to him all who were ill,

36With the request that they might only put their hands on the edge of his robe: and all those who did so were made well.

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