March 14

Leviticus 24

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Give orders to the children of Israel to give you clean olive oil for the light, so that a light may be burning at all times,

3Outside the veil of the ark in the Tent of meeting; let Aaron see that it is burning from evening till morning at all times before the Lord: it is a rule for ever through all your generations.

4Let Aaron put the lights in order on the support before the Lord at all times.

5And take the best meal and make twelve cakes of it, a fifth part of an ephah in every cake.

6And put them in two lines, six in a line, on the holy table before the Lord.

7And on the lines of cakes put clean sweet-smelling spices, for a sign on the bread, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

8Every Sabbath day regularly, the priest is to put it in order before the Lord: it is offered for the children of Israel, an agreement made for ever.

9And it will be for Aaron and his sons; they are to take it for food in a holy place: it is the most holy of all the offerings made by fire to the Lord, a rule for ever.

10And a son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel and had a fight with a man of Israel by the tents;

11And the son of the Israelite woman said evil against the holy Name, with curses; and they took him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.

12And they kept him shut up, till a decision might be given by the mouth of the Lord.

13And the Lord said to Moses,

14Take the curser outside the tent-circle; and let all in whose hearing the words were said put their hands on his head, and let him be stoned by all the people.

15And say to the children of Israel, As for any man cursing God, his sin will be on his head.

16And he who says evil against the name of the Lord will certainly be put to death; he will be stoned by all the people; the man who is not of your nation and one who is an Israelite by birth, whoever says evil against the holy Name is to be put to death.

17And anyone who takes another’s life is certainly to be put to death.

18And anyone wounding a beast and causing its death, will have to make payment for it: a life for a life.

19And if a man does damage to his neighbour, as he has done, so let it be done to him;

20Wound for wound, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever damage he has done, so let it be done to him.

21He who puts a beast to death will have to make payment for it; he who puts a man to death will himself be put to death.

22You are to have the same law for a man of another nation living among you as for an Israelite; for I am the Lord your God.

23And Moses said these words to the children of Israel, and they took the man who had been cursing outside the tent-circle and had him stoned. The children of Israel did as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

Leviticus 25

1And the Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai,

2Say to the children of Israel, When you come into the land which I will give you, let the land keep a Sabbath to the Lord.

3For six years put seed into your land, and for six years give care to your vines and get in the produce of them;

4But let the seventh year be a Sabbath of rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord; do not put seed into your land or have your vines cut.

5That which comes to growth of itself may not be cut, and the grapes of your uncared-for vines may not be taken off; let it be a year of rest for the land.

6And the Sabbath of the land will give food for you and your man-servant and your woman-servant and those working for payment, and for those of another country who are living among you;

7And for your cattle and the beasts on the land; all the natural increase of the land will be for food.

8And let seven Sabbaths of years be numbered to you, seven times seven years; even the days of seven Sabbaths of years, that is forty-nine years;

9Then let the loud horn be sounded far and wide on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of taking away sin let the horn be sounded through all your land.

10And let this fiftieth year be kept holy, and say publicly that everyone in the land is free from debt: it is the Jubilee, and every man may go back to his heritage and to his family.

11Let this fiftieth year be the Jubilee: no seed may be planted, and that which comes to growth of itself may not be cut, and the grapes may not be taken from the uncared-for vines.

12For it is the Jubilee, and it is holy to you; your food will be the natural increase of the field.

13In this year of Jubilee, let every man go back to his heritage.

14And in the business of trading goods for money, do no wrong to one another.

15Let your exchange of goods with your neighbours have relation to the number of years after the year of Jubilee, and the number of times the earth has given her produce.

16If the number of years is great, the price will be increased, and if the number of years is small, the price will be less, for it is the produce of a certain number of years which the man is giving you.

17And do no wrong, one to another, but let the fear of your God be before you; for I am the Lord your God.

18So keep my rules and my decisions and do them, and you will be safe in your land.

19And the land will give her fruit, and you will have food in full measure and be safe in the land.

20And if you say, Where will our food come from in the seventh year, when we may not put in seed, or get in the increase

21Then I will send my blessing on you in the sixth year, and the land will give fruit enough for three years.

22And in the eighth year you will put in your seed, and get your food from the old stores, till the fruit of the ninth year is ready.

23No exchange of land may be for ever, for the land is mine, and you are as my guests, living with me for a time.

24Wherever there is property in land, the owner is to have the right of getting it back.

25If your brother becomes poor, and has to give up some of his land for money, his nearest relation may come and get back that which his brother has given up.

26And if he has no one to get it back for him, and later he himself gets wealth and has enough money to get it back;

27Then let him take into account the years from the time when he gave it up, and make up the loss for the rest of the years to him who took it, and so get back his property.

28But if he is not able to get it back for himself, then it will be kept by him who gave a price for it, till the year of Jubilee; and in that year it will go back to its first owner and he will have his property again.

29And if a man gives his house in a walled town for money, he has the right to get it back for the space of a full year after he has given it up.

30And if he does not get it back by the end of the year, then the house in the town will become the property of him who gave the money for it, and of his children for ever; it will not go from him in the year of Jubilee.

31But houses in small unwalled towns will be the same as property in the country; they may be got back, and they will go back to their owners in the year of Jubilee.

32But the houses in the towns of the Levites may be got back by the Levites at any time.

33And if a Levite does not give money to get back his property, his house in the town which was exchanged for money will come back to him in the year of Jubilee. For the houses of the towns of the Levites are their property among the children of Israel.

34But the land on the outskirts of their towns may not be exchanged for money, for it is their property for ever.

35And if your brother becomes poor and is not able to make a living, then you are to keep him with you, helping him as you would a man from another country who is living among you.

36Take no interest from him, in money or in goods, but have the fear of your God before you, and let your brother make a living among you.

37Do not take interest on the money which you let him have or on the food which you give him.

38I am the Lord your God, who took you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, that I might be your God.

39And if your brother becomes poor and gives himself to you for money, do not make use of him like a servant who is your property;

40But let him be with you as a servant working for payment, till the year of Jubilee;

41Then he will go out from you, he and his children with him, and go back to his family and to the property of his fathers.

42For they are my servants whom I took out from the land of Egypt; they may not become the property of another.

43Do not be a hard master to him, but have the fear of God before you.

44But you may get servants as property from among the nations round about; from them you may take men-servants and women-servants.

45And in addition, you may get, for money, servants from among the children of other nations who are living with you, and from their families which have come to birth in your land; and these will be your property.

46And they will be your children’s heritage after you, to keep as their property; they will be your servants for ever; but you may not be hard masters to your countrymen, the children of Israel.

47And if one from another nation living among you gets wealth, and your countryman, at his side, becomes poor and gives himself for money to the man from another nation or to one of his family;

48After he has given himself he has the right to be made free, for a price, by one of his brothers,

49Or his father’s brother, or the son of his father’s brother, or any near relation; or if he gets money, he may make himself free.

50And let the years be numbered from the time when he gave himself to his owner till the year of Jubilee, and the price given for him will be in relation to the number of years, on the scale of the payment of a servant.

51If there is still a long time, he will give back, on account of it, a part of the price which was given for him.

52And if there is only a short time, he will take account of it with his master, and in relation to the number of years he will give back the price of making him free.

53And he will be with him as a servant working for payment year by year; his master is not to be cruel to him before your eyes.

54And if he is not made free in this way, he will go out in the year of Jubilee, he and his children with him.

55For the children of Israel are servants to me; they are my servants whom I took out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2All is to no purpose, said the Preacher, all the ways of man are to no purpose.

3What is a man profited by all his work which he does under the sun?

4One generation goes and another comes; but the earth is for ever.

5The sun comes up and the sun goes down, and goes quickly back to the place where he came up.

6The wind goes to the south, turning back again to the north; circling round for ever.

7All the rivers go down to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the rivers go, there they go again.

8All things are full of weariness; man may not give their story: the eye has never enough of its seeing, or the ear of its hearing.

9That which has been, is that which is to be, and that which has been done, is that which will be done, and there is no new thing under the sun.

10Is there anything of which men say, See, this is new? It has been in the old time which was before us.

11There is no memory of those who have gone before, and of those who come after there will be no memory for those who are still to come after them.

Matthew 15:1-20

1Then there came to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes, saying,

2Why do your disciples go against the teaching of the fathers? for they take food with unwashed hands.

3And in answer he said to them, Why do you, yourselves, go against the word of God on account of the teaching which has been handed down to you?

4For God said, Give honour to your father and mother: and, He who says evil of father or mother will be put to death.

5But you say, If a man says to his father or his mother, That by which you might have had profit from me is given to God;

6There is no need for him to give honour to his father. And you have made the word of God without effect because of your teaching.

7You false ones, well did Isaiah say of you,

8These people give me honour with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

9But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men.

10And he got the people together and said to them, Give ear, and let my words be clear to you:

11Not that which goes into the mouth makes a man unclean, but that which comes out of the mouth.

12Then the disciples came and said to him, Did you see that the Pharisees were troubled when these words came to their ears?

13But he said in answer, Every plant which my Father in heaven has not put in the earth, will be taken up by the roots.

14Let them be: they are blind guides. And if a blind man is guiding a blind man, the two will go falling into a hole together.

15Then Peter said to him, Make the story clear to us.

16And he said, Are you, like them, still without wisdom?

17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth goes on into the stomach, and is sent out as waste?

18But the things which come out of the mouth come from the heart; and they make a man unclean.

19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, the taking of life, broken faith between the married, unclean desires of the flesh, taking of property, false witness, bitter words:

20These are the things which make a man unclean; but to take food with unwashed hands does not make a man unclean.

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