March 16

Numbers 1

1And the Lord said to Moses in the waste land of Sinai, in the Tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they came out of the land of Egypt,

2Take the full number of the children of Israel, by their families, and by their fathers’ houses, every male by name;

3All those of twenty years old and over, who are able to go to war in Israel, are to be numbered by you and Aaron.

4And to give you help, take one man from every tribe, the head of his father’s house.

5These are the names of those who are to be your helpers: from Reuben, Elizur, the son of Shedeur;

6From Simeon, Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai;

7From Judah, Nahshon, the son of Amminadab;

8From Issachar, Nethanel, the son of Zuar;

9From Zebulun, Eliab, the son of Helon;

10Of the children of Joseph: from Ephraim, Elishama, the son of Ammihud; from Manasseh, Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur,

11From Benjamin, Abidan, the son of Gideoni;

12From Dan, Ahiezer, the son of Ammi-shaddai;

13From Asher, Pagiel, the son of Ochran;

14From Gad, Eliasaph, the son of Reuel;

15From Naphtali, Ahira, the son of Enan.

16These are the men named out of all the people, chiefs of their fathers’ houses, heads of the tribes of Israel.

17And Moses and Aaron took these men, marked out by name;

18And they got together all the people on the first day of the second month; and everyone made clear his family and his father’s house, by the number of the names, from twenty years old and over.

19As the Lord had given orders to Moses, so they were numbered by him in the waste place of Sinai.

20The generations of the sons of Reuben, the oldest son of Israel, were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over, who was able to go to war;

21Forty-six thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Reuben were numbered.

22The generations of the sons of Simeon were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over, who was able to go to war;

23Fifty-nine thousand, three hundred of the tribe of Simeon were numbered.

24The generations of the sons of Gad were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

25Forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty of the tribe of Gad were numbered.

26The generations of the sons of Judah were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

27Seventy-four thousand, six hundred of the tribe of Judah were numbered.

28The generations of the sons of Issachar were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

29Fifty-four thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Issachar were numbered.

30The generations of the sons of Zebulun were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

31Fifty-seven thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Zebulun were numbered.

32The generations of the sons of Joseph were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

33Forty thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Ephraim were numbered.

34The generations of the sons of Manasseh were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

35Thirty-two thousand, two hundred of the tribe of Manasseh were numbered.

36The generations of the sons of Benjamin were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

37Thirty-five thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Benjamin were numbered.

38The generations of the sons of Dan were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years and over who was able to go to war;

39Sixty-two thousand, seven hundred of the tribe of Dan were numbered.

40The generations of the sons of Asher were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

41Forty-one thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Asher were numbered.

42The generations of the sons of Naphtali were numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war;

43Fifty-three thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Naphtali were numbered.

44These are they who were numbered by Moses and Aaron and by the twelve chiefs of Israel, one from every tribe.

45So all those who were numbered of the children of Israel, by their families, all those of twenty years old and over who were able to go to war,

46Were six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty.

47But the Levites, of the tribe of their fathers, were not numbered among them.

48For the Lord said to Moses,

49Only the tribe of Levi is not to be numbered among the children of Israel,

50But to them you are to give the care of the Tent of meeting with its vessels and everything in it: they are to take up the Tent, and be responsible for everything to do with it, and put up their tents round it.

51And when the Tent of meeting goes forward, the Levites are to take it down; and when it is to be put up, they are to do it: any strange person who comes near it is to be put to death.

52The children of Israel are to put up their tents, every man in his tent-circle round his flag.

53But the tents of the Levites are to be round the Tent of meeting, so that wrath may not come on the children of Israel: the Tent of meeting is to be in the care of the Levites.

54So the children of Israel did as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

Numbers 2

1And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

2The children of Israel are to put up their tents in the order of their families, by the flags of their fathers’ houses, facing the Tent of meeting on every side.

3Those whose tents are on the east side, looking to the dawn, will be round the flag of the children of Judah, with Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, as their chief.

4The number of his army was seventy-four thousand, six hundred.

5And nearest to him will be the tribe of Issachar, with Nethanel, the son of Zuar, as their chief.

6The number of his army was fifty-four thousand, four hundred.

7After him, the tribe of Zebulun, with Eliab, the son of Helon, as their chief.

8The number of his army was fifty-seven thousand, four hundred.

9The number of all the armies of Judah was a hundred and eighty-six thousand, four hundred. They go forward first.

10On the south side is the flag of the children of Reuben, in the order of their armies, with Elizur, the son of Shedeur, as their chief.

11The number of his army was forty-six thousand, five hundred.

12And nearest to him, the tribe of Simeon, with Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai, as their chief.

13The number of his army was fifty-nine thousand, three hundred.

14Then the tribe of Gad, with Eliasaph, son of Reuel, as their chief.

15The number of his army was forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty.

16The number of all the armies of Reuben together came to a hundred and fifty-one thousand, four hundred and fifty. They go forward second.

17Then the Tent of meeting is to go forward, with the tents of the Levites, in the middle of the armies; in the same order as their tents are placed, they are to go forward, every man under his flag.

18On the west side will be the flag of the children of Ephraim, with Elishama, the son of Ammihud, as their chief.

19The number of his army was forty thousand, five hundred.

20And by him the tribe of Manasseh with Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur, as their chief.

21The number of his army was thirty-two thousand, two hundred.

22Then the tribe of Benjamin, with Abidan, the son of Gideoni, as their chief.

23The number of his army was thirty-five thousand, four hundred.

24The number of all the armies of Ephraim was a hundred and eight thousand, one hundred. They go forward third.

25On the north side will be the flag of the children of Dan, with Ahiezer, the son of Ammishaddai, as their chief.

26The number of his army was sixty-two thousand, seven hundred.

27Nearest to him will be the tribe of Asher, with Pagiel, the son of Ochran, as their chief.

28The number of his army was forty-one thousand, five hundred;

29Then the tribe of Naphtali, with Ahira, the son of Enan, as their chief.

30The number of his army was fifty-three thousand, four hundred.

31The number of all the armies in the tents of Dan was a hundred and fifty-seven thousand, six hundred. They will go forward last, by their flags.

32These are all who were numbered of the children of Israel, in the order of their fathers’ families: all the armies in their tents together came to six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty.

33But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel, as the Lord said to Moses.

34So the children of Israel did as the Lord said to Moses, so they put up their tents by their flags, and they went forward in the same order, by their families, and by their fathers’ houses.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

1For everything there is a fixed time, and a time for every business under the sun.

2A time for birth and a time for death; a time for planting and a time for uprooting;

3A time to put to death and a time to make well; a time for pulling down and a time for building up;

4A time for weeping and a time for laughing; a time for sorrow and a time for dancing;

5A time to take stones away and a time to get stones together; a time for kissing and a time to keep from kissing;

6A time for search and a time for loss; a time to keep and a time to give away;

7A time for undoing and a time for stitching; a time for keeping quiet and a time for talk;

8A time for love and a time for hate; a time for war and a time for peace.

9What profit has the worker in the work which he does?

10I saw the work which God has put on the sons of man.

11He has made everything right in its time; but he has made their hearts without knowledge, so that man is unable to see the works of God, from the first to the last.

12I am certain that there is nothing better for a man than to be glad, and to do good while life is in him.

13And for every man to take food and drink, and have joy in all his work, is a reward from God.

14I am certain that whatever God does will be for ever. No addition may be made to it, nothing may be taken from it; and God has done it so that man may be in fear before him.

15Whatever is has been before, and what is to be is now; because God makes search for the things which are past.

Matthew 16

1And the Pharisees and Sadducees came and, testing him, made a request to him to give them a sign from heaven.

2But in answer he said to them, At nightfall you say, The weather will be good, for the sky is red.

3And in the morning, The weather will be bad today, for the sky is red and angry. You are able to see the face of heaven, but not the signs of the times.

4An evil and false generation is searching after a sign; and no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah. And he went away from them.

5And when the disciples came to the other side they had not taken thought to get bread.

6And Jesus said to them, Take care to have nothing to do with the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

7And they were reasoning among themselves, saying, We took no bread.

8And Jesus, seeing it, said, O you of little faith, why are you reasoning among yourselves, because you have no bread?

9Do you still not see, or keep in mind the five cakes of bread of the five thousand, and the number of baskets you took up?

10Or the seven cakes of bread of the four thousand, and the number of baskets you took up?

11How is it that you do not see that I was not talking to you about bread, but about keeping away from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?

12Then they saw that it was not the leaven of bread which he had in mind, but the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

13Now when Jesus had come into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he said, questioning his disciples, Who do men say that the Son of man is?

14And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.

15He says to them, But who do you say that I am?

16And Simon Peter made answer and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17And Jesus made answer and said to him, A blessing on you, Simon Bar-jonah: because this knowledge has not come to you from flesh and blood, but from my Father in heaven.

18And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock will my church be based, and the doors of hell will not overcome it.

19I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever is fixed by you on earth will be fixed in heaven: and whatever you make free on earth will be made free in heaven.

20Then he gave orders to the disciples to give no man word that he was the Christ.

21From that time Jesus went on to make clear to his disciples how he would have to go up to Jerusalem, and undergo much at the hands of those in authority and the chief priests and scribes, and be put to death, and the third day come again from the dead.

22And Peter, protesting, said to him, Be it far from you, Lord; it is impossible that this will come about.

23But he, turning to Peter, said, Get out of my way, Satan: you are a danger to me because your mind is not on the things of God, but on the things of men.

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, If any man would come after me, let him give up all, and take up his cross, and come after me.

25Because whoever has a desire to keep his life safe will have it taken from him; but whoever gives up his life because of me, will have it given back to him.

26For what profit has a man, if he gets all the world with the loss of his life? or what will a man give in exchange for his life?

27For the Son of man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he will give to every man the reward of his works.

28Truly I say to you, There are some of those here who will not have a taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

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