Tagged: O Lord

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.

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 27

Psalms 117

1Let all the nations give praise to the Lord: let all the people give him praise.

2For great is his mercy to us, and his faith is unchanging for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 25

1O Lord, you are my God; I will give praise to you, I will give honour to your name; for you have done great acts of power; your purposes in the past have been made true and certain in effect.

2For you have made a town a waste place: a strong town a mass of broken walls; the tower of the men of pride has come to an end; it will never be put up again.

3For this cause will the strong people give glory to you, the town of the cruel ones will be in fear of you.

4For you have been a strong place for the poor and the crushed in their trouble, a safe place from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the wrath of the cruel ones is like a winter storm.

5As heat by the shade of a cloud, the noise of the men of pride has been made quiet by you; as heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the cruel ones has been stopped.

6And in this mountain will the Lord of armies make for all peoples a feast of good things, a feast of wines long stored, of good things sweet to the taste, of wines long kept and tested.

7And in this mountain he will put an end to the shade covering the face of all peoples, and the veil which is stretched over all nations.

8He has put an end to death for ever; and the Lord God will take away all weeping; and he will put an end to the shame of his people in all the earth: for the Lord has said it.

9And in that day it will be said, See, this is our God; we have been waiting for him, and he will be our saviour: this is the Lord in whom is our hope; we will be glad and have delight in his salvation.

10For in this mountain will the hand of the Lord come to rest, and Moab will be crushed down in his place, even as the dry stems of the grain are crushed under foot in the waste place.

11And if he puts out his hands, like a man stretching out his hands in swimming, the Lord will make low his pride, however expert his designs.

12And the strong tower of your walls has been broken by him, made low, and crushed even to the dust.

Isaiah 26

1In that day will this song be made in the land of Judah: We have a strong town; he will make salvation our walls and towers.

2Let the doors be open, so that the upright nation which keeps faith may come in.

3The man whose heart is unmoved you will keep in peace, because his hope is in you.

4Let your hope be in the Lord for ever: for the Lord Jah is an unchanging Rock.

5For he has made low those who are lifted up, all the people of the town of pride: he makes it low, crushing it down to the earth; he makes it low in the dust.

6It will be crushed under the feet of the poor and the steps of those who are in need.

7The way of the good man is straight; the road of the upright is made smooth by you.

8We have been waiting for you, O Lord; the desire of our soul is for the memory of your name.

9In the night the desire of my soul has been for you; early will my spirit be searching for you; for when your punishments come on the earth, the people of the world will get the knowledge of righteousness.

10Even if you are kind to the evil-doer, he will not go after righteousness; even in the land of the upright he will still go on in his wrongdoing, and will not see the glory of the Lord.

11Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see: let them see … yes, your haters will be burned up in the fire.

12Lord, you will give us peace: for all our works are the outcome of your purpose.

13O Lord, our God, other lords than you have had rule over us; but in you only is our salvation, and no other name will we take on our lips.

14The dead will not come back to life: their spirits will not come back to earth; for this cause you have sent destruction on them, so that the memory of them is dead.

15You have made the nation great, O Lord, you have made it great; glory is yours: you have made wide the limits of the land.

16Lord, in trouble our eyes have been turned to you, we sent up a prayer when your punishment was on us.

17As a woman with child, whose time is near, is troubled, crying out in her pain; so have we been before you, O Lord.

18We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have given birth to wind; no salvation has come to the earth through us, and no children have come into the world.

19Your dead will come back; their dead bodies will come to life again. Those in the dust, awaking from their sleep, will send out a song; for your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the shades.

20Come, my people, into your secret places, and let your doors be shut: keep yourself safe for a short time, till his wrath is over.

21For the Lord is coming out of his place to send punishment on the people of the earth for their evil-doing: the earth will let the blood drained out on her be seen, and will keep her dead covered no longer.

2 Thessalonians 1

1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3It is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, because of the great increase of your faith, and the wealth of your love for one another;

4So that we ourselves take pride in you in the churches of God for your untroubled mind and your faith in all the troubles and sorrows which you are going through;

5Which is a clear sign of the decision which God in his righteousness has made; to give you a part in his kingdom, for which you have undergone this pain;

6For it is an act of righteousness on God’s part to give trouble as their reward to those who are troubling you,

7And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven with the angels of his power in flames of fire,

8To give punishment to those who have no knowledge of God, and to those who do not give ear to the good news of our Lord Jesus:

9Whose reward will be eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his strength,

10At his coming, when he will have glory in his saints, and will be a cause of wonder in all those who had faith (because our witness among you had effect) in that day.

11For this reason, you are ever in our prayers, that you may seem to our God such as may have a part in his purpose and that by his power he will make all his good purpose, and the work of faith, complete;

12So that glory may be given to the name of our Lord Jesus through you, and you may have glory in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

February 16

Exodus 15

1Then Moses and the children of Israel made this song to the Lord, and said, I will make a song to the Lord, for he is lifted up in glory: the horse and the horseman he has sent down into the sea.

2The Lord is my strength and my strong helper, he has become my salvation: he is my God and I will give him praise; my father’s God and I will give him glory.

3The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.

4Pharaoh’s war-carriages and his army he has sent down into the sea: the best of his captains have gone down into the Red Sea.

5They were covered by the deep waters: like a stone they went down under the waves.

6Full of glory, O Lord, is the power of your right hand; by your right hand those who came against you are broken.

7When you are lifted up in power, all those who come against you are crushed: when you send out your wrath, they are burned up like dry grass.

8By your breath the waves were massed together, the flowing waters were lifted up like a pillar; the deep waters became solid in the heart of the sea.

9Egypt said, I will go after them, I will overtake, I will make division of their goods: my desire will have its way with them; my sword will be uncovered, my hand will send destruction on them.

10You sent your wind and the sea came over them: they went down like lead into the great waters.

11Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? who is like you, in holy glory, to be praised with fear, doing wonders?

12When your right hand was stretched out, the mouth of the earth was open for them.

13In your mercy you went before the people whom you have made yours; guiding them in your strength to your holy place.

14Hearing of you the peoples were shaking in fear: the people of Philistia were gripped with pain.

15The chiefs of Edom were troubled in heart; the strong men of Moab were in the grip of fear: all the people of Canaan became like water.

16Fear and grief came on them; by the strength of your arm they were turned to stone; till your people went over, O Lord, till the people went over whom you have made yours.

17You will take them in, planting them in the mountain of your heritage, the place, O Lord, where you have made your house, the holy place, O Lord, the building of your hands.

18The Lord is King for ever and ever.

19For the horses of Pharaoh, with his war-carriages and his horsemen, went into the sea, and the Lord sent the waters of the sea back over them; but the children of Israel went through the sea on dry land.

20And Miriam, the woman prophet, the sister of Aaron, took an instrument of music in her hand; and all the women went after her with music and dances.

21And Miriam, answering, said, Make a song to the Lord, for he is lifted up in glory; the horse and the horseman he has sent into the sea.

22Then Moses took Israel forward from the Red Sea, and they went out into the waste land of Shur; and for three days they were in the waste land where there was no water.

23And when they came to Marah, the water was no good for drinking, for the waters of Marah were bitter, which is why it was named Marah.

24And the people, crying out against Moses, said, What are we to have for drink?

25And in answer to his prayer, the Lord made him see a tree, and when he put it into the water, the water was made sweet. There he gave them a law and an order, testing them;

26And he said, If with all your heart you will give attention to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his eyes, giving ear to his orders and keeping his laws, I will not put on you any of the diseases which I put on the Egyptians: for I am the Lord your life-giver.

27And they came to Elim where there were twelve water-springs and seventy palm-trees: and they put up their tents there by the waters.

Proverbs 6

1My son, if you have made yourself responsible for your neighbour, or given your word for another,

2You are taken as in a net by the words of your mouth, the sayings of your lips have overcome you.

3Do this, my son, and make yourself free, because you have come into the power of your neighbour; go without waiting, and make a strong request to your neighbour.

4Give no sleep to your eyes, or rest to them;

5Make yourself free, like the roe from the hand of the archer, and the bird from him who puts a net for her.

6Go to the ant, you hater of work; give thought to her ways and be wise:

7Having no chief, overseer, or ruler,

8She gets her meat in the summer, storing up food at the time of the grain-cutting.

9How long will you be sleeping, O hater of work? when will you get up from your sleep?

10A little sleep, a little rest, a little folding of the hands in sleep:

11Then loss will come on you like an outlaw, and your need like an armed man

12A good-for-nothing man is an evil-doer; he goes on his way causing trouble with false words;

13Making signs with his eyes, rubbing with his feet, and giving news with his fingers;

14His mind is ever designing evil: he lets loose violent acts.

15For this cause his downfall will be sudden; quickly he will be broken, and there will be no help for him.

16Six things are hated by the Lord; seven things are disgusting to him:

17Eyes of pride, a false tongue, hands which take life without cause;

18A heart full of evil designs, feet which are quick in running after sin;

19A false witness, breathing out untrue words, and one who lets loose violent acts among brothers.

20My son, keep the rule of your father, and have in memory the teaching of your mother:

21Keep them ever folded in your heart, and have them hanging round your neck.

22In your walking, it will be your guide; when you are sleeping, it will keep watch over you; when you are awake, it will have talk with you.

23For the rule is a light, and the teaching a shining light; and the guiding words of training are the way of life.

24They will keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the strange woman.

25Let not your heart’s desire go after her fair body; let not her eyes take you prisoner.

26For a loose woman is looking for a cake of bread, but another man’s wife goes after one’s very life.

27May a man take fire to his breast without burning his clothing?

28Or may one go on lighted coals, and his feet not be burned?

29So it is with him who goes in to his neighbour’s wife; he who has anything to do with her will not go free from punishment.

30Men do not have a low opinion of a thief who takes food when he is in need of it:

31But if he is taken in the act he will have to give back seven times as much, giving up all his property which is in his house.

32He who takes another man’s wife is without all sense: he who does it is the cause of destruction to his soul.

33Wounds will be his and loss of honour, and his shame may not be washed away.

34For bitter is the wrath of an angry husband; in the day of punishment he will have no mercy.

35He will not take any payment; and he will not make peace with you though your money offerings are increased.

Proverbs 7:1-5

1My son, keep my sayings, and let my rules be stored up with you.

2Keep my rules and you will have life; let my teaching be to you as the light of your eyes;

3Let them be fixed to your fingers, and recorded in your heart.

4Say to wisdom, You are my sister; let knowledge be named your special friend:

5So that they may keep you from the strange woman, even from her whose words are smooth.

Hebrews 11:23-40

23By faith Moses was kept secretly by his father and mother for three months after his birth, because they saw that he was a fair child; and they had no fear of the king’s orders.

24By faith Moses, when he became a man, had no desire to be named the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

25Feeling that it was better to undergo pain with the people of God, than for a short time to have a taste of the pleasures of sin;

26Judging a part in the shame of Christ to be better than all the wealth of Egypt; for he was looking forward to his reward.

27By faith he went out of Egypt, not being turned from his purpose by fear of the wrath of the king; for he kept on his way, as seeing him who is unseen.

28By faith he kept the Passover, and put the sign of the blood on the houses, so that the angel of destruction might not put their oldest sons to death.

29By faith they went through the Red Sea as if it had been dry land, though the Egyptians were overcome by the water when they made an attempt to do the same.

30By faith the walls of Jericho came down, after they had been circled for seven days.

31By faith Rahab, the loose woman, was not put to death with those who had gone against God’s orders, because she had taken into her house in peace those sent to see the land.

32What more am I to say? For there would not be time to give the stories of Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets:

33Who through faith overcame kingdoms, did righteousness, got their reward, kept the mouths of lions shut,

34Put out the power of fire, got safely away from the edge of the sword, were made strong when they had been feeble, became full of power in war, and put to flight the armies of the nations.

35Women had their dead given back to them living; others let themselves be cruelly attacked, having no desire to go free, so that they might have a better life to come;

36And others were tested by being laughed at or by blows, and even with chains and prisons:

37They were stoned, they were cut up with knives, they were tested, they were put to death with the sword, they went about in sheepskins and in goatskins; being poor and in pain and cruelly attacked,

38Wandering in waste places and in mountains and in holes in the rocks; for whom the world was not good enough.

39And not one of these got the good things of the agreement, though they all had a good record through faith,

40Because God had kept some better thing for us, so that it was not possible for them to become complete without us.

February 11

Exodus 5

1And after that, Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and said, The Lord, the God of Israel, says, Let my people go so that they may keep a feast to me in the waste land.

2And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, to whose voice I am to give ear and let Israel go? I have no knowledge of the Lord and I will not let Israel go.

3And they said, The God of the Hebrews has come to us: let us then go three days’ journey into the waste land to make an offering to the Lord our God, so that he may not send death on us by disease or the sword.

4And the king of Egypt said to them, Why do you, Moses and Aaron, take the people away from their work? get back to your work.

5And Pharaoh said, Truly, the people of the land are increasing in number, and you are keeping them back from their work.

6The same day Pharaoh gave orders to the overseers and those who were responsible for the work, saying,

7Give these men no more dry stems for their brick-making as you have been doing; let them go and get the material for themselves.

8But see that they make the same number of bricks as before, and no less: for they have no love for work; and so they are crying out and saying, Let us go and make an offering to our God.

9Give the men harder work, and see that they do it; let them not give attention to false words.

10And the overseers of the people and their responsible men went out and said to the people, Pharaoh says, I will give you no more dry stems.

11Go yourselves and get dry stems wherever you are able; for your work is not to be any less.

12So the people were sent in all directions through the land of Egypt to get dry grass for stems.

13And the overseers went on driving them and saying, Do your full day’s work as before when there were dry stems for you.

14And the responsible men of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s overseers had put over them, were given blows, and they said to them, Why have you not done your regular work, in making bricks as before?

15Then the responsible men of the children of Israel came to Pharaoh, protesting and saying, Why are you acting in this way to your servants?

16They give us no dry stems and they say to us, Make bricks: and they give your servants blows; but it is your people who are in the wrong.

17But he said, You have no love for work: that is why you say, Let us go and make an offering to the Lord.

18Go now, get back to your work; no dry stems will be given to you, but you are to make the full number of bricks.

19Then the responsible men of the children of Israel saw that they were purposing evil when they said, The number of bricks which you have to make every day will be no less than before.

20And they came face to face with Moses and Aaron, who were in their way when they came out from Pharaoh:

21And they said to them, May the Lord take note of you and be your judge; for you have given Pharaoh and his servants a bad opinion of us, putting a sword in their hands for our destruction.

22And Moses went back to the Lord and said, Lord, why have you done evil to this people? why have you sent me?

23For from the time when I came to Pharaoh to put your words before him, he has done evil to this people, and you have given them no help.

Exodus 6:1-27

1And the Lord said to Moses, Now you will see what I am about to do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand he will be forced to let them go, driving them out of his land because of my outstretched arm.

2And God said to Moses, I am Yahweh:

3I let myself be seen by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God, the Ruler of all; but they had no knowledge of my name Yahweh.

4And I made an agreement with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their wanderings.

5And truly my ears are open to the cry of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep under their yoke; and I have kept in mind my agreement.

6Say then to the children of Israel, I am Yahweh, and I will take you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, and make you safe from their power, and will make you free by the strength of my arm after great punishments.

7And I will take you to be my people and I will be your God; and you will be certain that I am the Lord your God, who takes you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

8And I will be your guide into the land which I made an oath to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for your heritage: I am Yahweh.

9And Moses said these words to the children of Israel, but they gave no attention to him, because of the grief of their spirit and the cruel weight of their work.

10And the Lord said to Moses,

11Go in and say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, that he is to let the children of Israel go out of his land.

12And Moses, answering the Lord, said, See, the children of Israel will not give ear to me; how then will Pharaoh give ear to me, whose lips are unclean?

13And the word of the Lord came to Moses and Aaron, with orders for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

14These are the heads of their fathers’ families: the sons of Reuben the oldest son of Israel: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi: these are the families of Reuben.

15And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul, the son of a woman of Canaan: these are the families of Simeon.

16And these are the names of the sons of Levi in the order of their generations: Gershon and Kohath and Merari: and the years of Levi’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven.

17The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, in the order of their families.

18And the sons of Kohath: Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel: and the years of Kohath’s life were a hundred and thirty-three.

19And the sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi: these are the families of the Levites, in the order of their generations.

20And Amram took Jochebed, his father’s sister, as wife; and she gave birth to Aaron and Moses: and the years of Amram’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven.

21And the sons of Izhar: Korah and Nepheg and Zichri.

22And the sons of Uzziel: Mishael and Elzaphan and Sithri.

23And Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon; and she gave birth to Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

24And the sons of Korah: Assir and Elkanah and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korahites.

25And Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel; and she gave birth to Phinehas. These are the heads of the families of the Levites, in the order of their families.

26These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, Take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt in their armies.

27These are the men who gave orders to Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of Egypt: these are the same Moses and Aaron.

Proverbs 1

1The wise sayings of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.

2To have knowledge of wise teaching; to be clear about the words of reason:

3To be trained in the ways of wisdom, in righteousness and judging truly and straight behaviour:

4To make the simple-minded sharp, and to give the young man knowledge, and serious purpose:

5(The wise man, hearing, will get greater learning, and the acts of the man of good sense will be wisely guided:)

6To get the sense of wise sayings and secrets, and of the words of the wise and their dark sayings.

7The fear of the Lord is the start of knowledge: but the foolish have no use for wisdom and teaching.

8My son, give ear to the training of your father, and do not give up the teaching of your mother:

9For they will be a crown of grace for your head, and chain-ornaments about your neck.

10My son, if sinners would take you out of the right way, do not go with them.

11If they say, Come with us; let us make designs against the good, waiting secretly for the upright, without cause;

12Let us overcome them living, like the underworld, and in their strength, as those who go down to death;

13Goods of great price will be ours, our houses will be full of wealth;

14Take your chance with us, and we will all have one money-bag:

15My son, do not go with them; keep your feet from their ways:

16For their feet are running after evil, and they are quick to take a man’s life.

17Truly, to no purpose is the net stretched out before the eyes of the bird:

18And they are secretly waiting for their blood and making ready destruction for themselves.

19Such is the fate of everyone who goes in search of profit; it takes away the life of its owners.

20Wisdom is crying out in the street; her voice is loud in the open places;

21Her words are sounding in the meeting-places, and in the doorways of the town:

22How long, you simple ones, will foolish things be dear to you? and pride a delight to the haters of authority? how long will the foolish go on hating knowledge?

23Be turned again by my sharp words: see, I will send the flow of my spirit on you, and make my words clear to you.

24Because your ears were shut to my voice; no one gave attention to my out-stretched hand;

25You were not controlled by my guiding, and would have nothing to do with my sharp words:

26So in the day of your trouble I will be laughing; I will make sport of your fear;

27When your fear comes on you like a storm, and your trouble like a rushing wind; when pain and sorrow come on you.

28Then I will give no answer to their cries; searching for me early, they will not see me:

29For they were haters of knowledge, and did not give their hearts to the fear of the Lord:

30They had no desire for my teaching, and my words of protest were as nothing to them.

31So the fruit of their way will be their food, and with the designs of their hearts they will be made full.

32For the turning back of the simple from teaching will be the cause of their death, and the peace of the foolish will be their destruction.

33But whoever gives ear to me will take his rest safely, living in peace without fear of evil.

Hebrews 8

1Now of the things we are saying this is the chief point: We have such a high priest, who has taken his place at the right hand of God’s high seat of glory in heaven,

2As a servant of the holy things and of the true Tent, which was put up by God, not by man.

3Now every high priest is given authority to take to God the things which are given and to make offerings; so that it is necessary for this man, like them, to have something for an offering.

4If he had been on earth he would not have been a priest at all, because there are other priests who make the offerings ordered by the law;

5Being servants of that which is a copy and an image of the things in heaven, as Moses, when he was about to make the Tent, had special orders from God: for, See, he said, that you make everything like the design which you saw in the mountain.

6But now his position as priest is higher. because through him God has made a better agreement with man, based on the giving of better things.

7For if that first agreement had been as good as possible, there would have been no place for a second.

8For, protesting against them, he says, See, the days are coming when I will make a new agreement with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah;

9Not like the agreement which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand, to be their guide out of the land of Egypt; for they did not keep the agreement with me, and I gave them up, says the Lord.

10For this is the agreement which I will make with the people of Israel after those days: I will put my laws into their minds, writing them in their hearts: and I will be their God, and they will be my people:

11And there will be no need for every man to be teaching his brother, or his neighbour, saying, This is the knowledge of the Lord: for they will all have knowledge of me, great and small.

12And I will have mercy on their evil-doing, and I will not keep their sins in mind.

13When he says, A new agreement, he has made the first agreement old. But anything which is getting old and past use will not be seen much longer.

February 9

Exodus 2:25

25And God’s eyes were turned to the children of Israel and he gave them the knowledge of himself.

Exodus 3

1Now Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he took the flock to the back of the waste land and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

2And the angel of the Lord was seen by him in a flame of fire coming out of a thorn-tree: and he saw that the tree was on fire, but it was not burned up.

3And Moses said, I will go and see this strange thing, why the tree is not burned up,

4And when the Lord saw him turning to one side to see, God said his name out of the tree, crying, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

5And he said, Do not come near: take off your shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy.

6And he said, I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses kept his face covered for fear of looking on God.

7And God said, Truly, I have seen the grief of my people in Egypt, and their cry because of their cruel masters has come to my ears; for I have knowledge of their sorrows;

8And I have come down to take them out of the hands of the Egyptians, guiding them out of that land into a good land and wide, into a land flowing with milk and honey; into the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

9For now, truly, the cry of the children of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the cruel behaviour of the Egyptians to them.

10Come, then, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may take my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.

11And Moses said to God, Who am I to go to Pharaoh and take the children of Israel out of Egypt?

12And he said, Truly I will be with you; and this will be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have taken the children of Israel out of Egypt, you will give worship to God on this mountain.

13And Moses said to God, When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you: and they say to me, What is his name? what am I to say to them?

14And God said to him, I AM WHAT I AM: and he said, Say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

15And God went on to say to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is my name for ever, and this is my sign to all generations.

16Go and get together the chiefs of the children of Israel, and say to them, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has been seen by me, and has said, Truly I have taken up your cause, because of what is done to you in Egypt;

17And I have said, I will take you up out of the sorrows of Egypt into the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, into a land flowing with milk and honey.

18And they will give ear to your voice: and you, with the chiefs of Israel, will go to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and say to him, The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has come to us: let us then go three days’ journey into the waste land to make an offering to the Lord our God.

19And I am certain that the king of Egypt will not let you go without being forced.

20But I will put out my hand and overcome Egypt with all the wonders which I will do among them: and after that he will let you go.

21And I will give this people grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, so that when you go out you will go out with your hands full.

22For every woman will get from her neighbour and from the woman living in her house, ornaments of silver and gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and your daughters; you will take the best of their goods from the Egyptians.

Exodus 4

1And Moses, answering, said, It is certain that they will not have faith in me or give ear to my voice; for they will say, You have not seen the Lord.

2And the Lord said to him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod.

3And he said, Put it down on the earth. And he put it down on the earth and it became a snake; and Moses went running from it.

4And the Lord said to Moses, Put out your hand and take it by the tail: (and he put out his hand and took a grip of it and it became a rod in his hand:)

5So that they may be certain that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has been seen by you.

6Then the Lord said to him again, Put your hand inside your clothing. And he put his hand inside his robe: and when he took it out it was like the hand of a leper, as white as snow.

7And he said, Put your hand inside your robe again. (And he put his hand into his robe again, and when he took it out he saw that it had become like his other flesh.)

8And if they do not have faith in you or give ear to the voice of the first sign, they will have faith in the second sign.

9And if they have no faith even in these two signs and will not give ear to your voice, then you are to take the water of the Nile and put it on the dry land: and the water you take out of the river will become blood on the dry land.

10And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not a man of words; I have never been so, and am not now, even after what you have said to your servant: for talking is hard for me, and I am slow of tongue.

11And the Lord said to him, Who has made man’s mouth? who takes away a man’s voice or hearing, or makes him seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

12So go now, and I will be with your mouth, teaching you what to say.

13And he said, O Lord, send, if you will, by the hand of anyone whom it seems good to you to send.

14And the Lord was angry with Moses, and said, Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? To my knowledge he is good at talking. And now he is coming out to you: and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart.

15Let him give ear to your voice, and you will put my words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his, teaching you what you have to do.

16And he will do the talking for you to the people: he will be to you as a mouth and you will be to him as God.

17And take in your hand this rod with which you will do the signs.

18And Moses went back to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, Let me go back now to my relations in Egypt and see if they are still living. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

19And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, Go back to Egypt, for all the men are dead who were attempting to take your life.

20And Moses took his wife and his sons and put them on an ass and went back to the land of Egypt: and he took the rod of God in his hand.

21And the Lord said to Moses, When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have given you power to do: but I will make his heart hard and he will not let the people go.

22And you are to say to Pharaoh, The Lord says, Israel is the first of my sons:

23And I said to you, Let my son go, so that he may give me worship; and you did not let him go: so now I will put the first of your sons to death.

24Now on the journey, at the night’s resting-place, the Lord came in his way and would have put him to death.

25Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cutting off the skin of her son’s private parts, and touching his feet with it, she said, Truly you are a husband of blood to me.

26So he let him go. Then she said, You are a husband of blood because of the circumcision.

27And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the waste land and you will see Moses. So he went and came across Moses at the mountain of God, and gave him a kiss.

28And Moses gave Aaron an account of all the words of the Lord which he had sent him to say, and of all the signs which he had given him orders to do.

29Then Moses and Aaron went and got together all the chiefs of the children of Israel:

30And Aaron said to them all the words the Lord had said to Moses, and did the signs before all the people.

31And the people had faith in them; and hearing that the Lord had taken up the cause of the children of Israel and had seen their troubles, with bent heads they gave him worship.

Exodus 5

1And after that, Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and said, The Lord, the God of Israel, says, Let my people go so that they may keep a feast to me in the waste land.

2And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, to whose voice I am to give ear and let Israel go? I have no knowledge of the Lord and I will not let Israel go.

3And they said, The God of the Hebrews has come to us: let us then go three days’ journey into the waste land to make an offering to the Lord our God, so that he may not send death on us by disease or the sword.

4And the king of Egypt said to them, Why do you, Moses and Aaron, take the people away from their work? get back to your work.

5And Pharaoh said, Truly, the people of the land are increasing in number, and you are keeping them back from their work.

6The same day Pharaoh gave orders to the overseers and those who were responsible for the work, saying,

7Give these men no more dry stems for their brick-making as you have been doing; let them go and get the material for themselves.

8But see that they make the same number of bricks as before, and no less: for they have no love for work; and so they are crying out and saying, Let us go and make an offering to our God.

9Give the men harder work, and see that they do it; let them not give attention to false words.

10And the overseers of the people and their responsible men went out and said to the people, Pharaoh says, I will give you no more dry stems.

11Go yourselves and get dry stems wherever you are able; for your work is not to be any less.

12So the people were sent in all directions through the land of Egypt to get dry grass for stems.

13And the overseers went on driving them and saying, Do your full day’s work as before when there were dry stems for you.

14And the responsible men of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s overseers had put over them, were given blows, and they said to them, Why have you not done your regular work, in making bricks as before?

15Then the responsible men of the children of Israel came to Pharaoh, protesting and saying, Why are you acting in this way to your servants?

16They give us no dry stems and they say to us, Make bricks: and they give your servants blows; but it is your people who are in the wrong.

17But he said, You have no love for work: that is why you say, Let us go and make an offering to the Lord.

18Go now, get back to your work; no dry stems will be given to you, but you are to make the full number of bricks.

19Then the responsible men of the children of Israel saw that they were purposing evil when they said, The number of bricks which you have to make every day will be no less than before.

20And they came face to face with Moses and Aaron, who were in their way when they came out from Pharaoh:

21And they said to them, May the Lord take note of you and be your judge; for you have given Pharaoh and his servants a bad opinion of us, putting a sword in their hands for our destruction.

22And Moses went back to the Lord and said, Lord, why have you done evil to this people? why have you sent me?

23For from the time when I came to Pharaoh to put your words before him, he has done evil to this people, and you have given them no help.

Exodus 6

1And the Lord said to Moses, Now you will see what I am about to do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand he will be forced to let them go, driving them out of his land because of my outstretched arm.

2And God said to Moses, I am Yahweh:

3I let myself be seen by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God, the Ruler of all; but they had no knowledge of my name Yahweh.

4And I made an agreement with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their wanderings.

5And truly my ears are open to the cry of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep under their yoke; and I have kept in mind my agreement.

6Say then to the children of Israel, I am Yahweh, and I will take you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, and make you safe from their power, and will make you free by the strength of my arm after great punishments.

7And I will take you to be my people and I will be your God; and you will be certain that I am the Lord your God, who takes you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

8And I will be your guide into the land which I made an oath to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for your heritage: I am Yahweh.

9And Moses said these words to the children of Israel, but they gave no attention to him, because of the grief of their spirit and the cruel weight of their work.

10And the Lord said to Moses,

11Go in and say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, that he is to let the children of Israel go out of his land.

12And Moses, answering the Lord, said, See, the children of Israel will not give ear to me; how then will Pharaoh give ear to me, whose lips are unclean?

13And the word of the Lord came to Moses and Aaron, with orders for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

14These are the heads of their fathers’ families: the sons of Reuben the oldest son of Israel: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi: these are the families of Reuben.

15And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul, the son of a woman of Canaan: these are the families of Simeon.

16And these are the names of the sons of Levi in the order of their generations: Gershon and Kohath and Merari: and the years of Levi’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven.

17The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, in the order of their families.

18And the sons of Kohath: Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel: and the years of Kohath’s life were a hundred and thirty-three.

19And the sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi: these are the families of the Levites, in the order of their generations.

20And Amram took Jochebed, his father’s sister, as wife; and she gave birth to Aaron and Moses: and the years of Amram’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven.

21And the sons of Izhar: Korah and Nepheg and Zichri.

22And the sons of Uzziel: Mishael and Elzaphan and Sithri.

23And Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon; and she gave birth to Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

24And the sons of Korah: Assir and Elkanah and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korahites.

25And Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel; and she gave birth to Phinehas. These are the heads of the families of the Levites, in the order of their families.

26These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, Take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt in their armies.

27These are the men who gave orders to Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of Egypt: these are the same Moses and Aaron.

28And on the day when the word of the Lord came to Moses in the land of Egypt,

29The Lord said to Moses, I am the Lord: say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, everything I am saying to you.

30And Moses said to the Lord, My lips are unclean; how is it possible that Pharaoh will give me a hearing?

Exodus 7

1And the Lord said to Moses, See I have made you a god to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother will be your prophet.

2Say whatever I give you orders to say: and Aaron your brother will give word to Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of his land.

3And I will make Pharaoh’s heart hard, and my signs and wonders will be increased in the land of Egypt.

4But Pharaoh will not give ear to you, and I will put my hand on Egypt, and take my armies, my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt, after great punishments.

5And the Egyptians will see that I am the Lord, when my hand is stretched out over Egypt, and I take the children of Israel out from among them.

6And Moses and Aaron did so: as the Lord gave them orders, so they did.

7And Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they gave the Lord’s word to Pharaoh.

8And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

9If Pharaoh says to you, Let me see a wonder: then say to Aaron, Take your rod and put it down on the earth before Pharaoh so that it may become a snake.

10Then Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and they did as the Lord had said: and Aaron put his rod down on the earth before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a snake.

11Then Pharaoh sent for the wise men and the wonder-workers, and they, the wonder-workers of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts.

12For every one of them put down his rod on the earth, and they became snakes: but Aaron’s rod made a meal of their rods.

13But Pharaoh’s heart was made hard, and he did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

14And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh’s heart is unchanged; he will not let the people go.

15Go to Pharaoh in the morning; when he goes out to the water, you will be waiting for him by the edge of the Nile, with the rod which was turned into a snake in your hand;

16And say to him, The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to you, saying, Let my people go so that they may give me worship in the waste land; but up to now you have not given ear to his words.

17So the Lord says, By this you may be certain that I am the Lord; see, by the touch of this rod in my hand the waters of the Nile will be turned to blood;

18And the fish in the Nile will come to destruction, and the river will send up a bad smell, and the Egyptians will not be able, for disgust, to make use of the water of the Nile for drinking.

19And the Lord said, Say to Aaron, Let the rod in your hand be stretched out over the waters of Egypt, and over the rivers and the streams and the pools, and over every stretch of water, so that they may be turned to blood; and there will be blood through all the land of Egypt, in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.

20And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord had said; and when his rod had been lifted up and stretched out over the waters of the Nile before the eyes of Pharaoh and his servants, all the water in the Nile was turned to blood;

21And the fish in the Nile came to destruction, and a bad smell went up from the river, and the Egyptians were not able to make use of the water of the Nile for drinking; and there was blood through all the land of Egypt.

22And the wonder-workers of Egypt did the same with their secret arts: but Pharaoh’s heart was made hard, and he would not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

23Then Pharaoh went into his house, and did not take even this to heart.

24And all the Egyptians made holes round about the Nile to get drinking-water, for they were not able to make use of the Nile water.

25And seven days went past, after the Lord had put his hand on the Nile.

Exodus 8

1And this is what the Lord said to Moses: Go to Pharaoh and say to him, The Lord says, Let my people go so that they may give me worship.

2And if you will not let them go, see, I will send frogs into every part of your land:

3The Nile will be full of frogs, and they will come up into your house and into your bedrooms and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and into your bread-basins.

4The frogs will come up over you and your people and all your servants.

5And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let the rod in your hand be stretched out over the streams and the waterways and the pools, causing frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.

6And when Aaron put out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and all the land of Egypt was covered with them.

7And the wonder-workers did the same with their secret arts, making frogs come up over the land of Egypt.

8Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Make prayer to the Lord that he will take away these frogs from me and my people; and I will let the people go and make their offering to the Lord.

9And Moses said, I will let you have the honour of saying when I am to make prayer for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs may be sent away from you and your houses, and be only in the Nile.

10And he said, By tomorrow. And he said, Let it be as you say: so that you may see that there is no other like the Lord our God.

11And the frogs will be gone from you and from your houses and from your servants and from your people and will be only in the Nile.

12Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses made prayer to the Lord about the frogs which he had sent on Pharaoh.

13And the Lord did as Moses said; and there was an end of all the frogs in the houses and in the open spaces and in the fields.

14And they put them together in masses, and a bad smell went up from the land.

15But when Pharaoh saw that there was peace for a time, he made his heart hard and did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

16And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let your rod be stretched out over the dust of the earth so that it may become insects through all the land of Egypt.

17And they did so; and Aaron, stretching out the rod in his hand, gave a touch to the dust of the earth, and insects came on man and on beast; all the dust of the earth was changed into insects through all the land of Egypt.

18And the wonder-workers with their secret arts, attempting to make insects, were unable to do so: and there were insects on man and on beast.

19Then the wonder-workers said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: but Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and he did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

20And the Lord said to Moses, Get up early in the morning and take your place before Pharaoh when he comes out to the water; and say to him, This is what the Lord says: Let my people go to give me worship.

21For if you do not let my people go, see, I will send clouds of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into their houses; and the houses of the Egyptians and the land where they are will be full of flies.

22And at that time I will make a division between your land and the land of Goshen where my people are, and no flies will be there; so that you may see that I am the Lord over all the earth.

23And I will put a division between my people and your people; tomorrow this sign will be seen.

24And the Lord did so; and great clouds of flies came into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants’ houses, and all the land of Egypt was made waste because of the flies.

25And Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Go and make your offering to your God here in the land.

26And Moses said, It is not right to do so; for we make our offerings of that to which the Egyptians give worship; and if we do so before their eyes, certainly we will be stoned.

27But we will go three days’ journey into the waste land and make an offering to the Lord our God as he may give us orders.

28Then Pharaoh said, I will let you go to make an offering to the Lord your God in the waste land; but do not go very far away, and make prayer for me.

29And Moses said, When I go out from you I will make prayer to the Lord that the cloud of flies may go away from Pharaoh and from his people and from his servants tomorrow: only let Pharaoh no longer by deceit keep back the people from making their offering to the Lord.

30Then Moses went out from Pharaoh and made prayer to the Lord.

31And the Lord did as Moses said, and took away the cloud of flies from Pharaoh and from his servants and from his people; not one was to be seen.

32But again Pharaoh made his heart hard and did not let the people go.

Exodus 9

1Then the Lord said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go so that they may give me worship.

2For if you will not let them go, but still keep them in your power,

3Then the hand of the Lord will put on your cattle in the field, on the horses and the asses and the camels, on the herds and the flocks, a very evil disease.

4And the Lord will make a division between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; there will be no loss of any of the cattle of Israel.

5And the time was fixed by the Lord, and he said, Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.

6And on the day after, the Lord did as he had said, causing the death of all the cattle of Egypt, but there was no loss of any of the cattle of Israel.

7And Pharaoh sent and got word that there was no loss of any of the cattle of Israel. But the heart of Pharaoh was hard and he did not let the people go.

8And the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron, Take in your hand a little dust from the fire and let Moses send it in a shower up to heaven before the eyes of Pharaoh.

9And it will become small dust over all the land of Egypt, and will be a skin-disease bursting out in wounds on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.

10So they took some dust from the fire, and placing themselves before Pharaoh, Moses sent it out in a shower up to heaven; and it became a skin-disease bursting out on man and on beast.

11And the wonder-workers were not able to take their places before Moses, because of the disease; for the disease was on the wonder-workers and on all the Egyptians.

12And the Lord made Pharaoh’s heart hard, and he would not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.

13And the Lord said to Moses, Get up early in the morning and take your place before Pharaoh, and say to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go so that they may give me worship.

14For this time I will send all my punishments on yourself and on your servants and on your people; so that you may see that there is no other like me in all the earth.

15For if I had put the full weight of my hand on you and your people, you would have been cut off from the earth:

16But, for this very reason, I have kept you from destruction, to make clear to you my power, and so that my name may be honoured through all the earth.

17Are you still uplifted in pride against my people so that you will not let them go?

18Truly, tomorrow about this time I will send down an ice-storm, such as never was in Egypt from its earliest days till now.

19Then send quickly and get in your cattle and all you have from the fields; for if any man or beast in the field has not been put under cover, the ice-storm will come down on them with destruction.

20Then everyone among the servants of Pharaoh who had the fear of the Lord, made his servants and his cattle come quickly into the house:

21And he who gave no attention to the word of the Lord, kept his servants and his cattle in the field.

22And the Lord said to Moses, Now let your hand be stretched out to heaven so that there may be an ice-storm on all the land of Egypt, on man and on beast and on every plant of the field through all the land of Egypt.

23And Moses put out his rod to heaven: and the Lord sent thunder, and an ice-storm, and fire running down on the earth; the Lord sent an ice-storm on the land of Egypt.

24So there was an ice-storm with fire running through it, coming down with great force, such as never was in all the land of Egypt from the time when it became a nation.

25And through all the land of Egypt the ice-storm came down on everything which was in the fields, on man and on beast; and every green plant was crushed and every tree of the field broken.

26Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no ice-storm.

27Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, I have done evil this time: the Lord is upright, and I and my people are sinners.

28Make prayer to the Lord; for there has been enough of these thunderings of God and this ice-storm; and I will let you go and will keep you no longer.

29And Moses said, When I am gone outside the town, my hands will be stretched out to the Lord; the thunders and the ice-storm will come to an end, so that you may see that the earth is the Lord’s.

30But as for you and your servants, I am certain that even now the fear of the Lord God will not be in your hearts.

31And the flax and the barley were damaged, for the barley was almost ready to be cut and the flax was in flower.

32But the rest of the grain-plants were undamaged, for they had not come up.

33So Moses went out of the town, and stretching out his hands made prayer to God: and the thunders and the ice-storm came to an end; and the fall of rain was stopped.

34But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the ice-storm and the thunders were ended, he went on sinning, and made his heart hard, he and his servants.

35And the heart of Pharaoh was hard, and he did not let the people go, as the Lord had said by the mouth of Moses.

Exodus 10

1And the Lord said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh: for I have made his heart and the hearts of his servants hard, so that I may let my signs be seen among them:

2And so that you may be able to give to your son and to your son’s son the story of my wonders in Egypt, and the signs which I have done among them; so that you may see that I am the Lord.

3Then Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and said to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: How long will you be lifted up in your pride before me? let my people go so that they may give me worship.

4For if you will not let my people go, tomorrow I will send locusts into your land:

5And the face of the earth will be covered with them, so that you will not be able to see the earth: and they will be the destruction of everything which up to now has not been damaged, everything which was not crushed by the ice-storm, and every tree still living in your fields.

6And your houses will be full of them, and the houses of your servants and of all the Egyptians; it will be worse than anything your fathers have seen or their fathers, from the day when they were living on the earth till this day. And so he went out from Pharaoh.

7And Pharaoh’s servants said to him, How long is this man to be the cause of evil to us? let the men go so that they may give worship to the Lord their God: are you not awake to Egypt’s danger?

8Then Moses and Aaron came in again before Pharaoh: and he said to them, Go and give worship to the Lord your God: but which of you are going?

9And Moses said, We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds; for we are to keep a feast to the Lord.

10And he said to them, May the Lord be with you, if I will let you and your little ones go! take care, for your purpose clearly is evil.

11Not so; but let your males go and give worship to the Lord, as your desire is. This he said, driving them out from before him.

12And the Lord said to Moses, Let your hand be stretched out over the land of Egypt so that the locusts may come up on the land for the destruction of every green plant in the land, even everything untouched by the ice-storm.

13And Moses’ rod was stretched out over the land of Egypt, and the Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and all the night; and in the morning the locusts came up with the east wind.

14And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, resting on every part of the land, in very great numbers; such an army of locusts had never been seen before, and never will be again.

15For all the face of the earth was covered with them, so that the land was black; and every green plant and all the fruit of the trees which was untouched by the ice-storm they took for food: not one green thing, no plant or tree, was to be seen in all the land of Egypt.

16Then Pharaoh quickly sent for Moses and Aaron, and said, I have done evil against the Lord your God and against you.

17Let me now have forgiveness for my sin this time only, and make prayer to the Lord your God that he will take away from me this death only.

18So he went out from Pharaoh and made prayer to the Lord.

19And the Lord sent a very strong west wind, which took up the locusts, driving them into the Red Sea; not one locust was to be seen in any part of Egypt.

20But the Lord made Pharaoh’s heart hard, and he did not let the children of Israel go.

21And the Lord said to Moses, Let your hand be stretched out to heaven, and all the land of Egypt will be dark, so that men will be feeling their way about in the dark.

22And when Moses’ hand was stretched out, dark night came over all the land of Egypt for three days;

23They were not able to see one another, and no one got up from his place for three days: but where the children of Israel were living it was light.

24Then Pharaoh sent for Moses, and said, Go and give worship to the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be kept here: your little ones may go with you.

25But Moses said, You will have to let us take burned offerings to put before the Lord our God.

26So our cattle will have to go with us, not one may be kept back; for they are needed for the worship of the Lord our God; we have no knowledge what offering we have to give till we come to the place.

27But the Lord made Pharaoh’s heart hard, and he would not let them go.

28And Pharaoh said to him, Go away from me, take care that you come not again before me; for the day when you see my face again will be your last.

29And Moses said, You say truly; I will not see your face again.

Exodus 11:1

1And the Lord said to Moses, I will send one more punishment on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go; and when he does let you go, he will not keep one of you back, but will send you out by force.

Psalms 40

To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm.

1 When I was waiting quietly for the Lord, his heart was turned to me, and he gave ear to my cry.

2He took me up out of a deep waste place, out of the soft and sticky earth; he put my feet on a rock, and made my steps certain.

3And he put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; numbers have seen it with fear, and put their faith in the Lord.

4Happy is the man who has faith in the Lord, and does not give honour to the men of pride or to those who are turned away to deceit.

5O Lord my God, great are the wonders which you have done in your thought for us; it is not possible to put them out in order before you; when I would give an account of them, their number is greater than I may say.

6You had no desire for offerings of beasts or fruits of the earth; ears you made for me: for burned offerings and sin offerings you made no request.

7Then I said, See, I come; it is recorded of me in the roll of the book,

8My delight is to do your pleasure, O my God; truly, your law is in my heart.

9I have given news of righteousness in the great meeting; O Lord, you have knowledge that I have not kept back my words.

10Your righteousness has not been folded away in my heart; I have made clear your true word and your salvation; I have not kept secret your mercy or your faith from the great meeting.

11Take not away your gentle mercies from me, O Lord; let your mercy and your faith keep me safe for ever.

12For unnumbered evils are round about me; my sins have overtaken me, so that I am bent down with their weight; they are more than the hairs of my head, my strength is gone because of them.

13Be pleased, O Lord, to take me out of danger; O Lord, come quickly and give me help.

14Let those who go after my soul for its destruction have shame and trouble together; let them be turned back and made foolish who take pleasure in my trouble.

15Let those who say to me, Aha, aha! be surprised because of their shame.

16Let all those who are looking for you be glad and have joy in you; let the lovers of your salvation ever say, May the Lord be great.

17Though I am poor and in need, the Lord has me in mind; you are my help and my saviour; let there be no waiting, O my God.

Hebrews 6:13-20

13For when God made his oath to Abraham, because there was no greater oath, he made it by himself,

14Saying, Be certain that I will give you my blessing, and make your numbers very great.

15And so, when he had been waiting calmly for a long time, God’s word to him was put into effect.

16For men at all times make their oaths by what is greater; and any argument is ended by the decision of the oath.

17So that when it was God’s desire to make it specially clear to those who by his word were to have the heritage, that his purpose was fixed, he made it more certain with an oath;

18So that we, who have gone in flight from danger to the hope which has been put before us, may have a strong comfort in two unchanging things, in which it is not possible for God to be false;

19And this hope is like a strong band for our souls, fixed and certain, and going in to that which is inside the veil;

20Where Jesus has gone before us, as a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.