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October 31

Psalms 119:65-96

TETH

65 You have done good to your servant, O Lord, in keeping with your word.

66Give me knowledge and good sense; for I have put my faith in your teachings.

67Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep your word.

68You are good, and your works are good; give me knowledge of your rules.

69The men of pride have said false things about me; but I will keep your orders in my heart.

70Their hearts are shut up with fat; but my delight is in your law.

71It is good for me to have been through trouble; so that I might come to the knowledge of your rules.

72The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

JOD

73 Your hands have made me, and given me form: give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your teaching.

74Your worshippers will see me and be glad; because my hope has been in your word.

75I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.

76Let your mercy now be my comfort, as you have said to your servant.

77Let your gentle mercies come to me, so that I may have life; for your law is my delight.

78Let the men of pride be shamed; because they have falsely given decision against me; but I will give thought to your orders.

79Let your worshippers be turned to me, and those who have knowledge of your words.

80Let all my heart be given to your orders, so that I may not be put to shame.

CAPH

81 My soul is wasted with desire for your salvation: but I have hope in your word.

82My eyes are full of weariness with searching for your word, saying, When will you give me comfort?

83For I have become like a wine-skin black with smoke; but I still keep the memory of your rules.

84How short is the life of your servant! when will you give your decision against those who are attacking me?

85The men of pride, who are turned away from your law, have put nets for me.

86All your teachings are certain; they go after me with evil design; give me your help.

87They had almost put an end to me on earth; but I did not give up your orders.

88Give me life in your mercy; so that I may be ruled by the unchanging word of your mouth.

LAMED

89 For ever, O Lord, your word is fixed in heaven.

90Your faith is unchanging from generation to generation: you have put the earth in its place, and it is not moved.

91They are ruled this day by your decisions; for all things are your servants.

92If your law had not been my delight, my troubles would have put an end to me.

93I will ever keep your orders in mind; for in them I have life.

94I am yours, O be my saviour; for my desire has been for your rules.

95The sinners have been waiting for me to give me up to destruction; but I will give all my mind to your unchanging ward.

96I have seen that nothing on earth is complete; but your teaching is very wide.

Isaiah 34

1Come near, you nations, and give ear; take note, you peoples: let the earth and everything in it give ear; the world and all those living in it.

2For the Lord is angry with all the nations, and his wrath is burning against all their armies: he has put them to the curse, he has given them to destruction.

3Their dead bodies will be thick on the face of the earth, and their smell will come up, and the mountains will be flowing with their blood, and all the hills will come to nothing.

4And the heavens will be rolled together like the roll of a book: and all their army will be gone, like a dead leaf from the vine, or a dry fruit from the fig-tree.

5For my sword in heaven is full of wrath: see, it is coming down on Edom, in punishment on the people of my curse.

6The sword of the Lord is full of blood, it is fat with the best of the meat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the best parts of the sheep: for the Lord has a feast in Bozrah, and much cattle will be put to death in the land of Edom.

7And the strong oxen will go down to death together with the smaller cattle.

8For it is the day of the Lord’s punishment, when he gives payment for the wrongs done to Zion.

9And its streams will be turned into boiling oil, and its dust into burning stone, and all the land will be on fire.

10It will not be put out day or night; its smoke will go up for ever: it will be waste from generation to generation; no one will go through it for ever.

11But the birds of the waste land will have their place there; it will be a heritage for the bittern and the raven: and it will be measured out with line and weight as a waste land.

12The jackals will be there, and her great ones will be gone; they will say, There is no longer a kingdom there, and all her chiefs will have come to an end.

13And thorns will come up in her fair houses, and waste plants in her strong towers: and foxes will make their holes there, and it will be a meeting-place for ostriches.

14And the beasts of the waste places will come together with the jackals, and the evil spirits will be crying to one another, even the night-spirit will come and make her resting-place there.

15The arrowsnake will make her hole and put her eggs there, and get her young together under her shade: there the hawks will come together by twos.

16See what is recorded in the book of the Lord: all these will be there, not one without the other: the mouth of the Lord has given the order, and his spirit has made them come together.

17And he has given them their heritage, and by his hand it has been measured out to them: it will be theirs for ever, their resting-place from generation to generation.

Isaiah 35

1The waste land and the dry places will be glad; the lowland will have joy and be full of flowers.

2It will be flowering like the rose; it will be full of delight and songs; the glory of Lebanon will be given to it; the pride of Carmel and Sharon: they will see the glory of the Lord, the power of our God.

3Make strong the feeble hands, give support to the shaking knees.

4Say to those who are full of fear, Be strong and take heart: see, your God will give punishment; the reward of God will come; he himself will come to be your saviour.

5Then the eyes of the blind will see, and the ears which are stopped will be open.

6Then will the feeble-footed be jumping like a roe, and the voice which was stopped will be loud in song: for in the waste land streams will be bursting out, and waters in the dry places.

7And the burning sand will become a pool, and the dry earth springs of waters: the fields where the sheep take their food will become wet land, and water-plants will take the place of grass.

8And a highway will be there; its name will be, The Holy Way; the unclean and the sinner may not go over it, and those who go on it will not be turned out of the way by the foolish.

9No lion will be there, or any cruel beast; they will not be seen there; but those for whom the Lord has given a price,

10Even those whom he has made free, will come back again; they will come with songs to Zion; on their heads will be eternal joy; delight and joy will be theirs, and sorrow and sounds of grief will be gone for ever.

1 Timothy 2

1My desire is, first of all, that you will make requests and prayers and give praise for all men;

2For kings and all those in authority; so that we may have a calm and quiet life in all fear of God and serious behaviour.

3This is good and pleasing in the eyes of God our Saviour;

4Whose desire is that all men may have salvation and come to the knowledge of what is true.

5For there is one God and one peacemaker between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

6Who gave himself as an offering for all; witness of which was to be given at the right time;

7And of this I became a preacher and an Apostle (what I say is true, not false,) and a teacher of the Gentiles in the true faith.

8It is my desire, then, that in every place men may give themselves to prayer, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or argument.

9And that women may be dressed in simple clothing, with a quiet and serious air; not with twisted hair and gold or jewels or robes of great price;

10But clothed with good works, as is right for women who are living in the fear of God.

11Let a woman quietly take the place of a learner and be under authority.

12In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.

13For Adam was first formed, then Eve;

14And Adam was not taken by deceit, but the woman, being tricked, became a wrongdoer.

15But if they go on in faith and love and holy self-control, she will be kept safe at the time of childbirth.

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October 30

Psalms 119:33-64

HE

33 O Lord, let me see the way of your rules, and I will keep it to the end.

34Give me wisdom, so that I may keep your law; going after it with all my heart.

35Make me go in the way of your teachings; for they are my delight.

36Let my heart be turned to your unchanging word, and not to evil desire.

37Let my eyes be turned away from what is false; give me life in your ways.

38Give effect to your word to your servant, in whose heart is the fear of you.

39Take away the shame which is my fear; for your decisions are good.

40See how great is my desire for your orders: give me life in your righteousness.

VAU

41 Let your mercies come to me, O Lord, even your salvation, as you have said.

42So that I may have an answer for the man who would put me to shame; for I have faith in your word.

43Take not your true word quite out of my mouth; for I have put my hope in your decisions.

44So that I may keep your law for ever and ever;

45So that my way may be in a wide place: because my search has been for your orders.

46So that I may give knowledge of your unchanging word before kings, and not be put to shame.

47And so that I may take delight in your teachings, to which I have given my love.

48And so that my hands may be stretched out to you; and I will give thought to your rules.

ZAIN

49 Keep in mind your word to your servant, for on it has my hope been fixed.

50This is my comfort in my trouble; that your sayings have given me life.

51The men of pride have made great sport of me; but I have not been turned from your law.

52I have kept the memory of your decisions from times past, O Lord; and they have been my comfort.

53I am burning with wrath, because of the sinners who have given up your law.

54Your rules have been melodies to me, while I have been living in strange lands.

55I have given thought to your name in the night, O Lord, and have kept your law.

56This has been true of me, that I have kept your orders in my heart.

CHETH

57 The Lord is my heritage: I have said that I would be ruled by your words.

58I have given my mind to do your pleasure with all my heart; have mercy on me, as you have said.

59I gave thought to my steps, and my feet were turned into the way of your unchanging word.

60I was quick to do your orders, and let no time be wasted.

61The cords of evil-doers are round me; but I have kept in mind your law.

62In the middle of the night I will get up to give you praise, because of all your right decisions.

63I keep company with all your worshippers, and those who have your orders in their memory.

64The earth, O Lord, is full of your mercy: give me knowledge of your rules.

Isaiah 31

1Cursed are those who go down to Egypt for help, and who put their faith in horses; looking to war-carriages for salvation, because of their numbers; and to horsemen, because they are very strong; but they are not looking to the Holy One of Israel, or turning their hearts to the Lord;

2Though he is wise, and able to send evil, and his purpose will not be changed; but he will go against the house of the evil-doers, and against those to whom they are looking for help.

3For the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit: and when the Lord’s hand is stretched out, the helper and he who is helped will come down together.

4For the Lord has said to me, As a lion, or a young lion, makes an angry noise over his food, and if a band of herdsmen come out against him, he will not be in fear of their voices, or give up his food for their noise: so the Lord of armies will come down to make war against Mount Zion and its hill.

5Like birds with outstretched wings, so will the Lord of armies be a cover to Jerusalem; he will be a cover and salvation for it, going over it he will keep it from danger.

6Come back to him who has been so deeply sinned against by the children of Israel.

7For in that day they will all give up their images of silver and of gold, the sin which they made for themselves.

8Then the Assyrian will come down by the sword, but not of man; the sword, not of men, will be the cause of his destruction: and he will go in flight from the sword, and his young men will be put to forced work.

9And his rock will come to nothing because of fear, and his chiefs will go in flight from the flag, says the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his altar in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 32

1See, a king will be ruling in righteousness, and chiefs will give right decisions.

2And a man will be as a safe place from the wind, and a cover from the storm; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a waste land.

3And the eyes of those who see will not be shut, and those who have hearing will give ear to the word.

4The man of sudden impulses will become wise in heart, and he whose tongue is slow will get the power of talking clearly.

5The foolish man will no longer be named noble, and they will not say of the false man that he is a man of honour.

6For the foolish man will say foolish things, having evil thoughts in his heart, working what is unclean, and talking falsely about the Lord, to keep food from him who is in need of it, and water from him whose soul is desiring it.

7The designs of the false are evil, purposing the destruction of the poor man by false words, even when he is in the right.

8But the noble-hearted man has noble purposes, and by these he will be guided.

9Give ear to my voice, you women who are living in comfort; give attention to my words, you daughters who have no fear of danger.

10In not much more than a year, you, who are not looking for evil, will be troubled: for the produce of the vine-gardens will be cut off, and there will be no getting in of the grapes.

11Be shaking with fear, you women who are living in comfort; be troubled, you who have no fear of danger: take off your robes and put on clothing of grief.

12Have sorrow for the fields, the pleasing fields, the fertile vine;

13And for the land of my people, where thorns will come up; even for all the houses of joy in the glad town.

14For the fair houses will have no man living in them; the town which was full of noise will become a waste; the hill and the watchtower will be unpeopled for ever, a joy for the asses of the woods, a place of food for the flocks;

15Till the spirit comes on us from on high, and the waste land becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field is changed into a wood.

16Then in the waste land there will be an upright rule, and righteousness will have its place in the fertile field.

17And the work of righteousness will be peace; and the effect of an upright rule will be to take away fear for ever.

18And my people will be living in peace, in houses where there is no fear, and in quiet resting-places.

19But the tall trees will come down with a great fall, and the town will be low in a low place.

20Happy are you who are planting seed by all the waters, and sending out the ox and the ass.

Isaiah 33

1Ho! you who make waste those who did not make you waste; acting falsely to those who were not false to you. When you have come to an end of wasting, you will be made waste, and after your false acts, they will do the same to you.

2O Lord, have mercy on us; for we have been waiting for your help: be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble.

3At the loud noise the peoples have gone in flight; at your coming up the nations have gone in all directions.

4And the goods taken in war will be got together like the massing of young locusts; men will be rushing on them like the rushing of locusts.

5The Lord is lifted up; his place is on high: he has made Zion full of righteousness and true religion.

6And she will have no more fear of change, being full of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge: the fear of the Lord is her wealth.

7See, the men of war are sorrowing outside the town: those who came looking for peace are weeping bitterly.

8The highways are waste, no man is journeying there: the agreement is broken, he has made sport of the towns, he has no thought for man.

9The earth is sorrowing and wasting away; Lebanon is put to shame and has become waste; Sharon is like the Arabah; and in Bashan and Carmel the leaves are falling.

10Now will I come forward, says the Lord; now will I be lifted up; now will my power be seen.

11Your designs will be without profit, and their effect will be nothing: you will be burned up by the fire of my breath.

12And the peoples will be like the burning of chalk: as thorns cut down, which are burned in the fire.

13Give ear, you who are far off, to what I have done: see my power, you who are near.

14The sinners in Zion are full of fear; the haters of God are shaking with wonder. Who among us may keep his place before the burning fire? who among us may see the eternal burnings?

15He whose ways are true, and whose words are upright; he who gives no thought to the profits of false acts, whose hands have not taken rewards, who will have no part in putting men to death, and whose eyes are shut against evil;

16He will have a place on high: he will be safely shut in by the high rocks: his bread will be given to him; his waters will be certain.

17Your eyes will see the king in his glory: they will be looking on a far-stretching land.

18Your heart will give thought to the cause of your fear: where is the scribe, where is he who made a record of the payments, where is he by whom the towers were numbered?

19Never again will you see the cruel people, a people whose tongue has no sense for you; whose language is strange to you.

20Let your eyes be resting on Zion, the town of our holy feasts: you will see Jerusalem, a quiet resting-place, a tent which will not be moved, whose tent-pins will never be pulled up, and whose cords will never be broken.

21But there the Lord will be with us in his glory, … wide rivers and streams; where no boat will go with blades, and no fair ship will be sailing.

22For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our law-giver, the Lord is our king; he will be our saviour.

23Your cords have become loose; they were not able to make strong the support of their sails, the sail was not stretched out: then the blind will take much property, the feeble-footed will make division of the goods of war.

24And the men of Zion will not say, I am ill: for its people will have forgiveness for their sin.

1 Timothy 1

1Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, by the order of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus our hope;

2To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3It was my desire, when I went on into Macedonia, that you might make a stop at Ephesus, to give orders to certain men not to put forward a different teaching,

4Or to give attention to stories and long lists of generations, from which come questionings and doubts, in place of God’s ordered way of life which is in faith;

5But the effect of the order is love coming from a clean heart, and a knowledge of what is right, and true faith:

6From which some have been turned away, giving themselves to foolish talking;

7Desiring to be teachers of the law, though they have no knowledge of what they say or of the statements which they make so certainly.

8We are conscious that the law is good, if a man makes a right use of it,

9With the knowledge that the law is made, not for the upright man, but for those who have no respect for law and order, for evil men and sinners, for the unholy and those who have no religion, for those who put their fathers or mothers to death, for takers of life,

10For those who go after loose women, for those with unnatural desires, for those who take men prisoners, who make false statements and false oaths, and those who do any other things against the right teaching,

11Which may be seen in the good news of the glory of the great God, which was given into my care.

12I give praise to him who gave me power, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he took me to be true, making me his servant,

13Though I had said violent words against God, and done cruel acts, causing great trouble: but I was given mercy, because I did it without knowledge, not having faith;

14And the grace of our Lord was very great, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15It is a true saying, in which all may put their faith, that Christ Jesus came into the world to give salvation to sinners, of whom I am the chief:

16But for this reason I was given mercy, so that in me, the chief of sinners, Jesus Christ might make clear all his mercy, as an example to those who in the future would have faith in him to eternal life.

17Now to the King eternal, ever-living, unseen, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. So be it.

18This order I give to you, Timothy my son, in harmony with the words of the prophets about you, so that by them you may be strong, fighting the good fight,

19Keeping faith, and being conscious of well-doing; for some, by not doing these things, have gone wrong in relation to the faith:

20Such are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have given up to Satan, so that they may say no more evil words against God.

October 29

Psalms 119:1-32

ALEPH

1 Happy are they who are without sin in their ways, walking in the law of the Lord.

2Happy are they who keep his unchanging word, searching after him with all their heart.

3They do no evil; they go in his ways.

4You have put your orders into our hearts, so that we might keep them with care.

5If only my ways were ordered so that I might keep your rules!

6Then I would not be put to shame, as long as I have respect for all your teaching.

7I will give you praise with an upright heart in learning your right decisions.

8I will keep your rules: O give me not up completely.

BETH

9 How may a young man make his way clean? by guiding it after your word.

10I have made search for you with all my heart: O let me not go wandering far from your teaching.

11I have kept your sayings secretly in my heart, so that I might do no sin against you.

12Praise be to you, O Lord: give me knowledge of your rules.

13With my lips have I made clear all the decisions of your mouth.

14I have taken as much delight in the way of your unchanging word, as in all wealth.

15I will give thought to your orders, and have respect for your ways.

16I will have delight in your rules; I will not let your word go out of my mind.

GIMEL

17 Give me, your servant, the reward of life, so that I may keep your word;

18Let my eyes be open to see the wonders of your law.

19I am living in a strange land: do not let your teachings be kept secret from me.

20My soul is broken with desire for your decisions at all times.

21Your hand has been against the men of pride, a curse is on those who go wandering out of your way.

22Take away from me shame and bitter words; for I have kept your unchanging word in my heart.

23Rulers make evil designs against me; but your servant gives thought to your rules.

24Your unchanging word is my delight, and the guide of my footsteps.

DALETH

25 My soul is joined to the dust: O give me life, in keeping with your word.

26I put the record of my ways before you, and you gave me an answer: O give me knowledge of your rules.

27Make the way of your orders clear to me; then my thoughts will be ever on your wonders.

28My soul is wasted with sorrow; give me strength again in keeping with your word

29Take from me every false way; and in mercy give me your law.

30I have taken the way of faith: I have kept your decisions before me.

31I have been true to your unchanging word; O Lord, do not put me to shame.

32I will go quickly in the way of your teaching, because you have given me a free heart.

Isaiah 29

1Ho! Ariel, Ariel, the town against which David made war; put year to year, let the feasts come round:

2And I will send trouble on Ariel, and there will be weeping and cries of grief; and she will be to me as Ariel.

3And I will make war on you like David, and you will be shut in by earthworks, and I will make towers round you.

4And you will be made low, and your voice will come out of the earth, and your words will be low out of the dust; and your voice will come out of the earth like that of a spirit, making bird-like noises out of the dust.

5And the army of your attackers will be like small dust, and all the cruel ones like dry stems gone before the wind; suddenly it will come about.

6The Lord of armies will come in with thunder and earth-shaking and great noise, with rushing wind and storm, and the flame of burning fire.

7And all the nations making war on Ariel, and all those who are fighting against her and shutting her in with their towers, will be like a dream, like a vision of the night.

8And it will be like a man desiring food, and dreaming that he is feasting; but when he is awake there is nothing in his mouth: or like a man in need of water, dreaming that he is drinking; but when he is awake he is feeble and his soul is full of desire: so will all the nations be which make war on Mount Zion.

9Be surprised and full of wonder; let your eyes be covered and be blind: be overcome, but not with wine; go with uncertain steps, but not because of strong drink.

10For the Lord has sent on you a spirit of deep sleep; and by him your eyes, the prophets, are shut, and your heads, the seers, are covered.

11And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book which is shut, which men give to one who has knowledge of writing, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book: and he says, I am not able to, for the book is shut:

12And they give it to one without learning, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book: and he says, I have no knowledge of writing.

13And the Lord said, because this people come near to me with their mouths, and give honour to me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is false, a rule given them by the teaching of men;

14For this cause I will again do a strange thing among this people, a thing to be wondered at: and the wisdom of their wise men will come to nothing, and the sense of their guides will no longer be seen.

15Cursed are those who go deep to keep their designs secret from the Lord, and whose works are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us? and who has knowledge of our acts?

16You are turning things upside down! Is the wet earth the same to you as the one who is forming it? will the thing made say of him who made it, He made me not: or the thing formed say of him who gave it form, He has no knowledge?

17In a very short time Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will seem like a wood.

18And in that day those whose ears are stopped will be hearing the words of the book; and the eyes of the blind will see through the mist and the dark.

19And the poor will have their joy in the Lord increased, and those in need will be glad in the Holy One of Israel.

20For the cruel one has come to nothing; and those who make sport of the Lord are gone; and those who are watching to do evil are cut off:

21Who give help to a man in a wrong cause, and who put a net for the feet of him who gives decisions in the public place, taking away a man’s right without cause.

22For this reason the Lord, the saviour of Abraham, says about the family of Jacob, Jacob will not now be put to shame, or his face be clouded with fear.

23But when they, the children of Jacob, see the work of my hands among them, they will give honour to my name; yes, they will give honour to the Holy One of Jacob, and go in fear of the God of Israel.

24Those whose hearts were turned away from him will get knowledge, and those who made an outcry against him will give attention to his teaching.

Isaiah 30

1Ho! uncontrolled children, says the Lord, who give effect to a purpose which is not mine, and who make an agreement, but not by my spirit, increasing their sin:

2Who make a move to go down into Egypt, without authority from me; who are looking to the strength of Pharaoh for help, and whose hope is in the shade of Egypt.

3And the strength of Pharaoh will be your shame, and your hope in the shade of Egypt will come to nothing.

4For his chiefs are at Zoan, and his representatives have come to Hanes.

5For they have all come with offerings to a people of no use to them, in whom is no help or profit, but only shame and a bad name.

6The word about the Beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and grief, the land of the she-lion and the voice of the lion, of the snake and the burning winged snake, they take their wealth on the backs of young asses, and their stores on camels, to a people in whom is no profit.

7For there is no use or purpose in the help of Egypt: so I have said about her, She is Rahab, who has come to an end.

8Now go, put it in writing before them on a board, and make a record of it in a book, so that it may be for the future, a witness for all time to come.

9For they are an uncontrolled people, false-hearted, who will not give ear to the teaching of the Lord:

10Who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Do not give us word of what is true, but say false things to give us pleasure:

11Get out of the good way, turning from the right road; do not keep the Holy One of Israel before our minds.

12For this cause the Holy One of Israel says, Because you will not give ear to this word, and are looking for help in ways of deceit and evil, and are putting your hope in them:

13This sin will be to you like a crack in a high wall, causing its fall suddenly and in a minute.

14And he will let it be broken as a potter’s vessel is broken: it will be smashed to bits without mercy; so that there will not be a bit in which one may take fire from the fireplace, or water from the spring.

15For the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, said, In quiet and rest is your salvation: peace and hope are your strength: but you would not have it so.

16Saying, No, for we will go in flight on horses; so you will certainly go in flight: and, We will go on the backs of quick-running beasts; so those who go after you will be quick-footed.

17A thousand will go in fear before one; even before five you will go in flight: till you are like a pillar by itself on the top of a mountain, and like a flag on a hill.

18For this cause the Lord will be waiting, so that he may be kind to you; and he will be lifted up, so that he may have mercy on you; for the Lord is a God of righteousness: there is a blessing on all whose hope is in him.

19O people, living in Zion, at Jerusalem, your weeping will be ended; he will certainly have mercy on you at the sound of your cry; when it comes to his ear, he will give you an answer.

20And though the Lord will give you the bread of trouble and the water of grief, you will no longer put your teacher on one side, but you will see your teacher:

21And at your back, when you are turning to the right hand or to the left, a voice will be sounding in your ears, saying, This is the way in which you are to go.

22And you will make unclean what is covering your pictured images of silver, and the plating of your images of gold: you will send them away as an unclean thing, saying, Be gone!

23And he will give rain for your seed, so that you may put it in the earth; and you will have bread from the produce of the earth, good and more than enough for your needs: in that day the cattle will get their food in wide grass-lands.

24And the oxen and the young asses which are used for ploughing, will have salted grain which has been made free from the waste with fork and basket.

25And there will be rivers and streams of water on every tall mountain and on every high hill, in the day when great numbers are put to the sword, when the towers come down.

26And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times greater, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord puts oil on the wounds of his people, and makes them well from the blows they have undergone.

27See, the name of the Lord is coming from far, burning with his wrath, with thick smoke going up: his lips are full of passion, and his tongue is like a burning fire:

28And his breath is as an overflowing stream, coming up even to the neck, shaking the nations for their destruction, like the shaking of grain in a basket: and he will put a cord in the mouths of the people, turning them out of their way.

29You will have a song, as in the night when a holy feast is kept; and you will be glad in heart, as when they go with music of the pipe to the mountain of the Lord, the Rock of Israel.

30And the Lord will send out the sound of his great voice, and they will see his arm stretched out, with the heat of his wrath, and the flame of a burning fire; with a cloud-burst, and storm, and a rain of ice.

31For through the voice of the Lord the Assyrian will be broken, and the Lord’s rod will be lifted up against him.

32And every blow of the rod of his punishment, which the Lord will send on him, will be with the sound of music: and with the waving of his sword the Lord will make war against him.

33For a place of fire has long been ready; yes, it has been made ready for the king; he has made it deep and wide: it is massed with fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of fire, puts a light to it.

2 Thessalonians 3

1For the rest, my brothers, let there be prayer for us that the word of the Lord may go forward with increasing glory, even as it does with you;

2And that we may be made free from foolish and evil men; for not all have faith.

3But the Lord is true, who will give you strength and keep you safe from evil.

4And we have faith in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things about which we give you orders.

5And may your hearts be guided by the Lord into the love of God and quiet waiting for Christ.

6Now we give you orders, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from all those whose behaviour is not well ordered and in harmony with the teaching which they had from us.

7For you yourselves are used to taking us as your example, because our life among you was ruled by order,

8And we did not take food from any man for nothing, but were working hard night and day not to be a trouble to any of you:

9Not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, so that you might do the same.

10For even when we were with you we gave you orders, saying, If any man does no work, let him not have food.

11For it has come to our ears that there are some among you whose behaviour is uncontrolled, who do no work at all, but are over-interested in the business of others.

12Now to such we give orders and make request in the Lord Jesus, that, working quietly, they get their living.

13And you, my brothers, do not get tired of well-doing.

14And if any man does not give attention to what we have said in this letter, take note of that man, and keep away from him, so that he may be shamed.

15Have no feeling of hate for him, but take him in hand seriously as a brother.

16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with you all.

17These words of love to you at the end are in my writing, Paul’s writing, and this is the mark of every letter from me.

18May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

October 28

Psalms 118

1O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

2Let Israel now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

3Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

4Let all worshippers of the Lord now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

5I made my prayer to the Lord in my trouble: and the Lord gave me an answer, and put me in a wide place.

6The Lord is on my side; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me?

7The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters.

8It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in man.

9It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in rulers.

10All the nations have come round me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

11They are round me, yes, they are all about me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

12They are round me like bees; but they are put out like a fire among thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

13I have been hard pushed by you, so that I might have a fall: but the Lord was my helper.

14The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

15The sound of joy and salvation is in the tents of the upright; the right hand of the Lord does works of power.

16The right hand of the Lord is lifted up; the right hand of the Lord does works of power.

17Life and not death will be my part, and I will give out the story of the works of the Lord.

18The hand of Jah has been hard on me; but he has not given me up to death.

19Let the doors of righteousness be open to me; I will go in and give praise to the Lord.

20This is the door of the Lord’s house; the workers of righteousness will go in through it.

21I will give you praise, for you have given me an answer, and have become my salvation.

22The stone which the builders put on one side has become the chief stone of the building.

23This is the Lord’s doing; it is a wonder in our eyes.

24This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it.

25Send salvation now, O Lord; Lord, send us your blessing.

26A blessing be on him who comes in the name of the Lord; we give you blessing from the house of the Lord.

27The Lord is God, and he has given us light; let the holy dance be ordered with branches, even up to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give you praise; my God, and I will give honour to your name.

29O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

Isaiah 27

1In that day the Lord, with his great and strong and cruel sword, will send punishment on Leviathan, the quick-moving snake, and on Leviathan, the twisted snake; and he will put to death the dragon which is in the sea.

2In that day it will be said, A vine-garden of delight, make a song about it.

3I, the Lord, am watching it; I will give it water at all times: I will keep it night and day, for fear that any damage comes to it.

4My passion is over: if the thorns were fighting against me, I would make an attack on them, and they would be burned up together.

5Or let him put himself under my power, and make peace with me.

6In days to come Jacob will take root: Israel will put out buds and flowers; and the face of the world will be full of fruit.

7Is his punishment like the punishment of those who overcame him? or are his dead as great in number as those he put to the sword?

8Your anger against her has been made clear by driving her away; he has taken her away with his storm-wind in the day of his east wind.

9So by this will the sin of Jacob be covered, and this is all the fruit of taking away his punishment; when all the stones of the altar are crushed together, so that the wood pillars and the sun-images will not be put up again.

10For the strong town is without men, an unpeopled living-place; and she has become a waste land: there the young ox will take his rest, and its branches will be food for him.

11When its branches are dry they will be broken off; the women will come and put fire to them: for it is a foolish people; for this cause he who made them will have no mercy on them, and he whose work they are will not have pity on them.

12And it will be in that day that the Lord will get together his grain, from the River to the stream of Egypt, and you will be got together with care, O children of Israel.

13And it will be in that day that a great horn will be sounded; and those who were wandering in the land of Assyria, and those who had been sent away into the land of Egypt, will come; and they will give worship to the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Isaiah 28

1Ho! crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim, and the dead flower of his glory which is on the head of those who are overcome by strong drink!

2See, the Lord has a strong and cruel one; like a rain of ice, a storm of destruction, like the overflowing of a strong river, he will violently overcome them.

3The crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim will be crushed under foot;

4And the dead flower of his glory, which is on the head of the fertile valley, will be like the first early fruit before the summer; which a man takes and puts in his mouth the minute he sees it.

5In that day will the Lord of armies be a crown of glory, and a fair ornament, to the rest of his people;

6And a spirit of wisdom to the judge, and strength to those who keep back the attackers at the door of the town.

7And further, these are uncertain through wine, and have gone out of the right way through strong drink: the priest and the prophet are uncertain through strong drink, they are overcome by wine, they have gone out of the way through strong drink; their vision is false, they go wrong in their decisions.

8For all the tables are covered with coughed-up food, so that there is not a clean place.

9To whom will he give knowledge? and to whom will he make clear the word? Will it be to those who have newly given up milk, and who have only now been taken from the breast?

10For it is one rule after another; one line after another; here a little, there a little.

11No, but with broken talk, and with a strange tongue, he will give his word to this people:

12To whom he said, This is the rest, give rest to him who is tired; and by this you may get new strength; but they would not give ear.

13For this cause the word of the Lord will be to them rule after rule, line after line, here a little, there a little; so that they may go on their way, and falling back may be broken, and taken in the net.

14Give ear then to the word of the Lord, you men of pride, the rulers of this people in Jerusalem:

15Because you have said, We have made death our friend, and with the underworld we have made an agreement; when the overflowing waters come through they will not come near us; for we are looking to false words for help, taking cover in what is untrue:

16For this cause says the Lord God, See, I am placing in Zion as a base, a stone, a tested stone, an angle-stone which is certain and of great value: and he who has faith will not give way.

17And I will make right decision the measuring-line, and righteousness the weight: and the ice-storm will take away the safe place of false words, and the secret place will be covered by the flowing waters.

18And the help you were looking for from death will come to nothing, and your agreement with the underworld will be broken; when the overflowing waters come through, then you will be overcome by them.

19Whenever they come through they will overtake you; for they will come through morning after morning, by day and by night: and the news will be nothing but fear.

20For the bed is not long enough for a man to be stretched out on: and the cover is not wide enough for him to be covered with.

21For the Lord will come up as on Mount Perazim, he will be moved to wrath as in the valley of Gibeon; so that he may do his work–strange is his work; and give effect to his act–unnatural is his act.

22And now, take care that you do not make sport of him, or your bands will be made strong; for I have had word from the Lord, the Lord of armies, of an end, of a complete end, which is to come on all the land.

23Let your ears be open to my voice; give attention to what I say.

24Is the ploughman for ever ploughing? does he not get the earth ready and broken up for the seed?

25When the face of the earth has been levelled, does he not put in the different sorts of seed, and the grain in lines, and the barley in its place, and the spelt at the edge?

26For his God is his teacher, giving him the knowledge of these things.

27For the fitches are not crushed with a sharp instrument, and a cart-wheel is not rolled over the cummin; but the grain of the fitches is hammered out with a stick, and of the cummin with a rod.

28Is the grain for bread crushed? He does not go on crushing it for ever, but he lets his cart-wheels and his horses go over it without crushing it.

29This comes from the Lord of armies, purposing wonders, and wise in all his acts.

2 Thessalonians 2

1Now as to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our meeting with him, it is our desire, my brothers,

2That you may not be moved in mind or troubled by a spirit, or by a word, or by a letter as from us, with the suggestion that the day of the Lord is even now come;

3Give no belief to false words: because there will first be a falling away from the faith, and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of destruction,

4Who puts himself against all authority, lifting himself up over all which is named God or is given worship; so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God, putting himself forward as God.

5Have you no memory of what I said when I was with you, giving you word of these things?

6And now it is clear to you what is keeping back his revelation till the time comes for him to be seen.

7For the secret of evil is even now at work: but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.

8And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;

9Even the one whose coming is marked by the working of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,

10And with every deceit of wrongdoing among those whose fate is destruction; because they were quite without that love of the true faith by which they might have salvation.

11And for this cause, God will give them up to the power of deceit and they will put their faith in what is false:

12So that they all may be judged, who had no faith in what is true, but took pleasure in evil.

13But it is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because it was the purpose of God from the first that you might have salvation, being made holy by the Spirit and by faith in what is true:

14And in this purpose he gave you a part through the good news of which we were the preachers, even that you might have part in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15So then, brothers, be strong in purpose, and keep the teaching which has been given to you by word or by letter from us.

16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who had love for us and has given us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

17Give you comfort and strength in every good work and word.

October 26

Psalms 116

1I have given my love to the Lord, because he has given ear to the voice of my cry and my prayer.

2He has let my request come before him, and I will make my prayer to him all my days.

3The nets of death were round me, and the pains of the underworld had me in their grip; I was full of trouble and sorrow.

4Then I made my prayer to the Lord, saying, O Lord, take my soul out of trouble.

5The Lord is full of grace and righteousness; truly, he is a God of mercy.

6The Lord keeps the simple; I was made low, and he was my saviour.

7Come back to your rest, O my soul; for the Lord has given you your reward.

8You have taken my soul from the power of death, keeping my eyes from weeping, and my feet from falling.

9I will go before the Lord in the land of the living.

10I still had faith, though I said, I am in great trouble;

11Though I said in my fear, All men are false.

12What may I give to the Lord for all the good things which he has done for me?

13I will take the cup of salvation, and give praise to the name of the Lord.

14I will make the offering of my oath to the Lord, even before all his people.

15Dear in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints.

16O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of her who is your servant; by you have my cords been broken.

17I will give an offering of praise to you, and make my prayer in the name of the Lord.

18I will make the offerings of my oath, even before all his people;

19In the Lord’s house, even in Jerusalem. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 23

1The word about Tyre. Let a cry of sorrow go up, O ships of Tarshish, because your strong place is made waste; on the way back from the land of Kittim the news is given to them.

2Send out a cry of grief, you men of the sea-land, traders of Zidon, who go over the sea, whose representatives are on great waters;

3Who get in the seed of Shihor, whose wealth is the trade of the nations.

4Be shamed, O Zidon: for the sea, the strong place of the sea has said, I have not been with child, or given birth; I have not taken care of young men, or kept watch over the growth of virgins.

5When the news comes to Egypt they will be bitterly pained at the fate of Tyre.

6Go over to Tarshish; give cries of sorrow, O men of the sea-land.

7Is this the town which was full of joy, whose start goes back to times long past, whose wanderings took her into far-off countries?

8By whom was this purposed against Tyre, the crowning town, whose traders are chiefs, whose business men are honoured in the land?

9It was the purpose of the Lord of armies to put pride to shame, to make sport of the glory of those who are honoured in the earth.

10Let your land be worked with the plough, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no longer any harbour.

11His hand is stretched out over the sea, the kingdoms are shaking: the Lord has given orders about Canaan, to make waste its strong places.

12And he said, There is no more joy for you, O crushed virgin daughter of Zidon: up! go over to Kittim; even there you will have no rest.

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14Let a cry of sorrow go up, O ships of Tarshish: because your strong place is made waste.

15And it will be in that day that Tyre will go out of mind for seventy years, that is, the days of one king: after the end of seventy years it will be for Tyre as in the song of the loose woman.

16Take an instrument of music, go about the town, O loose woman who has gone out from the memory of man; make sweet melody with songs, so that you may come back to men’s minds.

17And it will be after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will have mercy on Tyre, and she will go back to her trade, acting as a loose woman with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

18And her goods and her trade will be holy to the Lord: they will not be kept back or stored up; for her produce will be for those living in the Lord’s land, to give them food for their needs, and fair clothing.

Isaiah 24

1See, the Lord is making the earth waste and unpeopled, he is turning it upside down, and sending the people in all directions.

2And it will be the same for the people as for the priest; for the servant as for his master; and for the woman-servant as for her owner; the same for the one offering goods for a price as for him who takes them; the same for him who gives money at interest and for him who takes it; the same for him who lets others have the use of his property as for those who make use of it.

3The earth will be completely waste and without men; for this is the word of the Lord.

4The earth is sorrowing and wasting away, the world is full of grief and wasting away, the high ones of the earth come to nothing.

5The earth has been made unclean by those living in it; because the laws have not been kept by them, the orders have been changed, and the eternal agreement has been broken.

6For this cause the earth is given up to the curse, and those in it are judged as sinners: for this cause those living on the earth are burned up, and the rest are small in number.

7The new wine is thin, the vine is feeble, and all the glad-hearted make sounds of grief.

8The pleasing sound of all instruments of music has come to an end, and the voices of those who are glad.

9There is no more drinking of wine with a song; strong drink will be bitter to those who take it.

10The town is waste and broken down: every house is shut up, so that no man may come in.

11There is a crying in the streets because of the wine; there is an end of all delight, the joy of the land is gone.

12In the town all is waste, and in the public place is destruction.

13For it will be in the heart of the earth among the peoples, like the shaking of an olive-tree, as the last of the grapes after the getting-in is done.

14But those will be making sounds of joy; they will be crying loudly from the sea for the glory of the Lord.

15Give praise to the Lord in the east, to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the sea-lands.

16From the farthest part of the earth comes the sound of songs, glory to the upright. But I said, I am wasting away, wasting away, the curse is on me! The false ones go on in their false way, yes, they go on acting falsely.

17Fear, and death, and the net, are come on you, O people of the earth.

18And it will be that he who goes in flight from the sound of fear will be overtaken by death; and he who gets free from death will be taken in the net: for the windows on high are open, and the bases of the earth are shaking.

19The earth is completely broken, it is parted in two, it is violently moved.

20The earth will be moving uncertainly, like a man overcome by drink; it will be shaking like a tent; and the weight of its sin will be on it, crushing it down so that it will not get up again.

21And in that day the Lord will send punishment on the army of the high ones on high, and on the kings of the earth on the earth.

22And they will be got together, like prisoners in the prison-house; and after a long time they will have their punishment.

23Then the moon will be veiled, and the sun put to shame; for the Lord of armies will be ruling in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his judges he will let his glory be seen.

1 Thessalonians 5

1But about the times and their order, my brothers, there is no need for me to say anything to you.

2For you yourselves have the knowledge that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

3When they say, There is peace and no danger, then sudden destruction will come on them, as birth-pains on a woman with child; and they will not be able to get away from it.

4But you, my brothers, are not in the dark, for that day to overtake you like a thief:

5For you are all sons of light and of the day: we are not of the night or of the dark.

6So then, let us not take our rest as the others do, but let us be self-controlled and awake.

7For those who are sleeping do so in the night; and those who are the worse for drink are so in the night;

8But let us, who are of the day, be serious, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and on our heads, the hope of salvation.

9For God’s purpose for us is not wrath, but salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10Who was put to death for us, so that, awake or sleeping, we may have a part in his life.

11So then, go on comforting and building up one another, as you have been doing.

12But we make this request to you, my brothers: give attention to those who are working among you, who are over you in the Lord to keep order among you;

13And have a high opinion of them in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

14And our desire is that you will keep control over those whose lives are not well ordered, giving comfort to the feeble-hearted, supporting those with little strength, and putting up with much from all.

15Let no one give evil for evil; but ever go after what is good, for one another and for all.

16Have joy at all times.

17Keep on with your prayers.

18In everything give praise: for this is the purpose of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19Do not put out the light of the Spirit;

20Do not make little of the words of the prophets;

21Let all things be tested; keep to what is good;

22Keep from every form of evil.

23And may the God of peace himself make you holy in every way; and may your spirit and soul and body be free from all sin at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24God, by whom you have been marked out in his purpose, is unchanging and will make it complete.

25Brothers, keep us in mind in your prayers.

26Give all the brothers a holy kiss.

27I give orders in the name of the Lord that all the brothers are to be present at the reading of this letter.

28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

February 19

Exodus 20

1And God said all these words:

2I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house.

3You are to have no other gods but me.

4You are not to make an image or picture of anything in heaven or on the earth or in the waters under the earth:

5You may not go down on your faces before them or give them worship: for I, the Lord your God, am a God who will not give his honour to another; and I will send punishment on the children for the wrongdoing of their fathers, to the third and fourth generation of my haters;

6And I will have mercy through a thousand generations on those who have love for me and keep my laws.

7You are not to make use of the name of the Lord your God for an evil purpose; whoever takes the Lord’s name on his lips for an evil purpose will be judged a sinner by the Lord

8Keep in memory the Sabbath and let it be a holy day.

9On six days do all your work:

10But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on that day you are to do no work, you or your son or your daughter, your man-servant or your woman-servant, your cattle or the man from a strange country who is living among you:

11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and everything in them, and he took his rest on the seventh day: for this reason the Lord has given his blessing to the seventh day and made it holy.

12Give honour to your father and to your mother, so that your life may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13Do not put anyone to death without cause.

14Do not be false to the married relation.

15Do not take the property of another.

16Do not give false witness against your neighbour.

17Let not your desire be turned to your neighbour’s house, or his wife or his man-servant or his woman-servant or his ox or his ass or anything which is his.

18And all the people were watching the thunderings and the flames and the sound of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when they saw it, they kept far off, shaking with fear.

19And they said to Moses, To your words we will give ear, but let not the voice of God come to our ears, for fear death may come on us.

20And Moses said to the people, Have no fear: for God has come to put you to the test, so that fearing him you may be kept from sin.

21And the people kept their places far off, but Moses went near to the dark cloud where God was.

22And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You yourselves have seen that my voice has come to you from heaven

23Gods of silver and gods of gold you are not to make for yourselves.

24Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing.

25And if you make me an altar of stone do not make it of cut stones: for the touch of an instrument will make it unclean.

26And do not go up by steps to my altar, for fear that your bodies may be seen uncovered.

Exodus 21

1Now these are the laws which you are to put before them.

2If you get a Hebrew servant for money, he is to be your servant for six years, and in the seventh year you are to let him go free without payment.

3If he comes to you by himself, let him go away by himself: if he is married, let his wife go away with him.

4If his master gives him a wife, and he gets sons or daughters by her, the wife and her children will be the property of the master, and the servant is to go away by himself.

5But if the servant says clearly, My master and my wife and children are dear to me; I have no desire to be free:

6Then his master is to take him to the gods of the house, and at the door, or at its framework, he is to make a hole in his ear with a sharp-pointed instrument; and he will be his servant for ever.

7And if a man gives his daughter for a price to be a servant, she is not to go away free as the men-servants do.

8If she is not pleasing to her master who has taken her for himself, let a payment be made for her so that she may go free; her master has no power to get a price for her and send her to a strange land, because he has been false to her.

9And if he gives her to his son, he is to do everything for her as if she was his daughter.

10And if he takes another woman, her food and clothing and her married rights are not to be less.

11And if he does not do these three things for her, she has the right to go free without payment.

12He who gives a man a death-blow is himself to be put to death.

13But if he had no evil purpose against him, and God gave him into his hand, I will give you a place to which he may go in flight.

14But if a man makes an attack on his neighbour on purpose, to put him to death by deceit, you are to take him from my altar and put him to death.

15Any man who gives a blow to his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death.

16Any man who gets another into his power in order to get a price for him is to be put to death, if you take him in the act.

17Any man cursing his father or his mother is to be put to death.

18If, in a fight, one man gives another a blow with a stone, or with the shut hand, not causing his death, but making him keep in bed;

19If he is able to get up again and go about with a stick, the other will be let off; only he will have to give him payment for the loss of his time, and see that he is cared for till he is well.

20If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant blows with a rod, causing death, he is certainly to undergo punishment.

21But, at the same time, if the servant goes on living for a day or two, the master is not to get punishment, for the servant is his property.

22If men, while fighting, do damage to a woman with child, causing the loss of the child, but no other evil comes to her, the man will have to make payment up to the amount fixed by her husband, in agreement with the decision of the judges.

23But if damage comes to her, let life be given in payment for life,

24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

25Burning for burning, wound for wound, blow for blow.

26If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant a blow in the eye, causing its destruction, he is to let him go free on account of the damage to his eye.

27Or if the loss of a tooth is caused by his blow, he will let him go free on account of his tooth.

28If an ox comes to be the cause of death to a man or a woman, the ox is to be stoned, and its flesh may not be used for food; but the owner will not be judged responsible.

29But if the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and the owner has had word of it and has not kept it under control, so that it has been the cause of the death of a man or woman, not only is the ox to be stoned, but its owner is to be put to death.

30If a price is put on his life, let him make payment of whatever price is fixed.

31If the death of a son or of a daughter has been caused, the punishment is to be in agreement with this rule.

32If the death of a man-servant or of a woman-servant is caused by the ox, the owner is to give their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox is to be stoned.

33If a man makes a hole in the earth without covering it up, and an ox or an ass dropping into it comes to its death;

34The owner of the hole is responsible; he will have to make payment to their owner, but the dead beast will be his.

35And if one man’s ox does damage to another man’s ox, causing its death, then the living ox is to be exchanged for money, and division made of the price of it, and of the price of the dead one.

36But if it is common knowledge that the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and its owner has not kept it under control, he will have to give ox for ox; and the dead beast will be his.

Proverbs 9

1Wisdom has made her house, putting up her seven pillars.

2She has put her fat beasts to death; her wine is mixed, her table is ready.

3She has sent out her women-servants; her voice goes out to the highest places of the town, saying,

4Whoever is simple, let him come in here; and to him who has no sense, she says:

5Come, take of my bread, and of my wine which is mixed.

6Give up the simple ones and have life, and go in the way of knowledge.

7He who gives teaching to a man of pride gets shame for himself; he who says sharp words to a sinner gets a bad name.

8Do not say sharp words to a man of pride, or he will have hate for you; make them clear to a wise man, and you will be dear to him.

9Give teaching to a wise man, and he will become wiser; give training to an upright man, and his learning will be increased.

10The fear of the Lord is the start of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One gives a wise mind

11For by me your days will be increased, and the years of your life will be long.

12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if your heart is full of pride, you only will have the pain of it.

13The foolish woman is full of noise; she has no sense at all.

14Seated at the door of her house, in the high places of the town,

15Crying out to those who go by, going straight on their way, she says:

16Whoever is simple, let him come in here: and to him who is without sense, she says:

17Drink taken without right is sweet, and food in secret is pleasing.

18But he does not see that the dead are there, that her guests are in the deep places of the underworld.

Matthew 1

1The book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2The son of Abraham was Isaac; and the son of Isaac was Jacob; and the sons of Jacob were Judah and his brothers;

3And the sons of Judah were Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and the son of Perez was Hezron; and the son of Hezron was Ram;

4And the son of Ram was Amminadab; and the son of Amminadab was Nahshon; and the son of Nahshon was Salmon;

5And the son of Salmon by Rahab was Boaz; and the son of Boaz by Ruth was Obed; and the son of Obed was Jesse;

6And the son of Jesse was David the king; and the son of David was Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah;

7And the son of Solomon was Rehoboam; and the son of Rehoboam was Abijah; and the son of Abijah was Asa;

8And the son of Asa was Jehoshaphat; and the son of Jehoshaphat was Joram; and the son of Joram was Uzziah;

9And the son of Uzziah was Jotham; and the son of Jotham was Ahaz; and the son of Ahaz was Hezekiah;

10And the son of Hezekiah was Manasseh; and the son of Manasseh was Amon; and the son of Amon was Josiah;

11And the sons of Josiah were Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the taking away to Babylon.

12And after the taking away to Babylon, Jechoniah had a son Shealtiel; and Shealtiel had Zerubbabel;

13And Zerubbabel had Abiud; and Abiud had Eliakim; and Eliakim had Azor;

14And Azor had Zadok; and Zadok had Achim; and Achim had Eliud;

15And Eliud had Eleazar; and Eleazar had Matthan; and Matthan had Jacob;

16And the son of Jacob was Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, whose name is Christ.

17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the taking away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the taking away to Babylon to the coming of Christ, fourteen generations.

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: when his mother Mary was going to be married to Joseph, before they came together the discovery was made that she was with child by the Holy Spirit.

19And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately.

20But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit.

21And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins.

22Now all this took place so that the word of the Lord by the prophet might come true,

23See, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will give him the name Immanuel, that is, God with us.

24And Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had said to him, and took her as his wife;

25And he had no connection with her till she had given birth to a son; and he gave him the name Jesus.

January 11

Genesis 18

1Now the Lord came to him by the holy tree of Mamre, when he was seated in the doorway of his tent in the middle of the day;

2And lifting up his eyes, he saw three men before him; and seeing them, he went quickly to them from the door of the tent, and went down on his face to the earth;

3And said, My Lord, if now I have grace in your eyes, do not go away from your servant:

4Let me get water for washing your feet, and take your rest under the tree:

5And let me get a bit of bread to keep up your strength, and after that you may go on your way: for this is why you have come to your servant. And they said, Let it be so.

6Then Abraham went quickly into the tent, and said to Sarah, Get three measures of meal straight away and make cakes.

7And running to the herd, he took a young ox, soft and fat, and gave it to the servant and he quickly made it ready;

8And he took butter and milk and the young ox which he had made ready and put it before them, waiting by them under the tree while they took food.

9And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, She is in the tent.

10And he said, I will certainly come back to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife will have a son. And his words came to the ears of Sarah who was at the back of the tent-door.

11Now Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah was past the time for giving birth.

12And Sarah, laughing to herself, said, Now that I am used up am I still to have pleasure, my husband himself being old?

13And the Lord said, Why was Sarah laughing and saying, Is it possible for me, being old, to give birth to a child?

14Is there any wonder which the Lord is not able to do? At the time I said, in the spring, I will come back to you, and Sarah will have a child.

15Then Sarah said, I was not laughing; for she was full of fear. And he said, No, but you were laughing.

16And the men went on from there in the direction of Sodom; and Abraham went with them on their way.

17And the Lord said, Am I to keep back from Abraham the knowledge of what I do;

18Seeing that Abraham will certainly become a great and strong nation, and his name will be used by all the nations of the earth as a blessing?

19For I have made him mine so that he may give orders to his children and those of his line after him, to keep the ways of the Lord, to do what is good and right: so that the Lord may do to Abraham as he has said.

20And the Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is very great, and their sin is very evil,

21I will go down now, and see if their acts are as bad as they seem from the outcry which has come to me; and if they are not, I will see.

22And the men, turning from that place, went on to Sodom: but Abraham was still waiting before the Lord.

23And Abraham came near, and said, Will you let destruction come on the upright with the sinners?

24If by chance there are fifty upright men in the town, will you give the place to destruction and not have mercy on it because of the fifty upright men?

25Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will not the judge of all the earth do right?

26And the Lord said, If there are fifty upright men in the town, I will have mercy on it because of them.

27And Abraham answering said, Truly, I who am only dust, have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord:

28If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five.

29And again he said to him, By chance there may be forty there. And he said, I will not do it if there are forty.

30And he said, Let not the Lord be angry with me if I say, What if there are thirty there? And he said, I will not do it if there are thirty.

31And he said, See now, I have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord: what if there are twenty there? And he said, I will have mercy because of the twenty.

32And he said, O let not the Lord be angry and I will say only one word more: by chance there may be ten there. And he said, I will have mercy because of the ten.

33And the Lord went on his way when his talk with Abraham was ended, and Abraham went back to his place.

Psalms 11

For the chief music-maker. Of David.

1 In the Lord put I my faith; how will you say to my soul, Go in flight like a bird to the mountain?

2See, the bows of the evil-doers are bent, they make ready their arrows on the cord, so that they may send them secretly against the upright in heart.

3If the bases are broken down, what is the upright man to do?

4The Lord is in his holy Temple, the Lord’s seat is in heaven; his eyes are watching and testing the children of men.

5The Lord puts the upright and the sinner to the test, but he has hate in his soul for the lover of violent acts.

6On the evil-doer he will send down fire and flames, and a burning wind; with these will their cup be full.

7For the Lord is upright; he is a lover of righteousness: the upright will see his face.

Luke 10:21-42

21In that same hour he was full of joy in the Holy Spirit and said, I give praise to you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have kept these things secret from the wise and the men of learning, and have made them clear to little children: for so, O Father, it was pleasing in your eyes.

22All things have been given to me by my Father: and no one has knowledge of the Son, but only the Father: and of the Father, but only the Son, and he to whom the Son will make it clear.

23And, turning to the disciples, he said privately, Happy are the eyes which see the things you see:

24For I say to you that numbers of prophets and kings have had a desire to see the things which you see, and have not seen them, and to have knowledge of the things which have come to your ears, and they had it not.

25And a certain teacher of the law got up and put him to the test, saying, Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life?

26And he said to him, What does the law say, in your reading of it?

27And he, answering, said, Have love for the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and for your neighbour as for yourself.

28And he said, You have given the right answer: do this and you will have life.

29But he, desiring to put himself in the right, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30And Jesus, answering him, said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he got into the hands of thieves, who took his clothing and gave him cruel blows, and when they went away, he was half dead.

31And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he went by on the other side.

32And in the same way, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, went by on the other side.

33But a certain man of Samaria, journeying that way, came where he was, and when he saw him, he was moved with pity for him,

34And came to him and put clean linen round his wounds, with oil and wine; and he put him on his beast and took him to a house and took care of him.

35And the day after he took two pennies and gave them to the owner of the house and said, Take care of him; and if this money is not enough, when I come again I will give you whatever more is needed.

36Which of these three men, in your opinion, was neighbour to the man who came into the hands of thieves?

37And he said, The one who had mercy on him. And Jesus said, Go and do the same.

38Now, while they were on their way, he came to a certain town; and a woman named Martha took him into her house.

39And she had a sister, by name Mary, who took her seat at the Lord’s feet and gave attention to his words.

40But Martha had her hands full of the work of the house, and she came to him and said, Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has let me do all the work? Say to her that she is to give me some help.

41But the Lord, answering, said to her, Martha, Martha, you are full of care and troubled about such a number of things:

42Little is needed, or even one thing only: for Mary has taken that good part, which will not be taken away from her.