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February 27 - Bible-in-a-Year


Exodus 37,38

The Ark(a)

1 Bezalel(b) made the ark(c) of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.[a] 2 He overlaid it with pure gold,(d) both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. 3 He cast four gold rings for it and fastened them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 4 Then he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. 5 And he inserted the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it.

6 He made the atonement cover(e) of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 7 Then he made two cherubim(f) out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 8 He made one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; at the two ends he made them of one piece with the cover. 9 The cherubim had their wings spread upward, overshadowing(g) the cover with them. The cherubim faced each other, looking toward the cover.(h)

The Table(i)

10 They[b] made the table(j) of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high.[c] 11 Then they overlaid it with pure gold(k) and made a gold molding around it. 12 They also made around it a rim a handbreadth[d] wide and put a gold molding on the rim. 13 They cast four gold rings for the table and fastened them to the four corners, where the four legs were. 14 The rings(l) were put close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table. 15 The poles for carrying the table were made of acacia wood and were overlaid with gold. 16 And they made from pure gold the articles for the table—its plates and dishes and bowls and its pitchers for the pouring out of drink offerings.

The Lampstand(m)

17 They made the lampstand(n) of pure gold. They hammered out its base and shaft, and made its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. 18 Six branches extended from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. 19 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on one branch, three on the next branch and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. 20 And on the lampstand were four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. 21 One bud was under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all. 22 The buds and the branches were all of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.(o)

23 They made its seven lamps,(p) as well as its wick trimmers and trays, of pure gold. 24 They made the lampstand and all its accessories from one talent[e] of pure gold.

The Altar of Incense(q)

25 They made the altar of incense(r) out of acacia wood. It was square, a cubit long and a cubit wide and two cubits high[f]—its horns(s) of one piece with it. 26 They overlaid the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and made a gold molding around it. 27 They made two gold rings(t) below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it. 28 They made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.(u)

29 They also made the sacred anointing oil(v) and the pure, fragrant incense(w)—the work of a perfumer.

The Altar of Burnt Offering(a)

1 They[a] built the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood, three cubits[b] high; it was square, five cubits long and five cubits wide.[c] 2 They made a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar were of one piece, and they overlaid the altar with bronze.(b) 3 They made all its utensils(c) of bronze—its pots, shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans. 4 They made a grating for the altar, a bronze network, to be under its ledge, halfway up the altar. 5 They cast bronze rings to hold the poles for the four corners of the bronze grating. 6 They made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. 7 They inserted the poles into the rings so they would be on the sides of the altar for carrying it. They made it hollow, out of boards.

The Basin for Washing

8 They made the bronze basin(d) and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women(e) who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

The Courtyard(f)

9 Next they made the courtyard. The south side was a hundred cubits[d] long and had curtains of finely twisted linen, 10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, and with silver hooks and bands on the posts. 11 The north side was also a hundred cubits long and had twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts.

12 The west end was fifty cubits[e] wide and had curtains, with ten posts and ten bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts. 13 The east end, toward the sunrise, was also fifty cubits wide. 14 Curtains fifteen cubits[f] long were on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases, 15 and curtains fifteen cubits long were on the other side of the entrance to the courtyard, with three posts and three bases. 16 All the curtains around the courtyard were of finely twisted linen. 17 The bases for the posts were bronze. The hooks and bands on the posts were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver; so all the posts of the courtyard had silver bands.

18 The curtain for the entrance to the courtyard was made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer. It was twenty cubits[g] long and, like the curtains of the courtyard, five cubits[h] high, 19 with four posts and four bronze bases. Their hooks and bands were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver. 20 All the tent pegs(g) of the tabernacle and of the surrounding courtyard were bronze.

The Materials Used

21 These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the covenant law,(h) which were recorded at Moses' command by the Levites under the direction of Ithamar(i) son of Aaron, the priest. 22 (Bezalel(j) son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything the Lord commanded Moses; 23 with him was Oholiab(k) son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan—an engraver and designer, and an embroiderer in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen.) 24 The total amount of the gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuary(l) was 29 talents and 730 shekels,[i] according to the sanctuary shekel.(m)

25 The silver obtained from those of the community who were counted in the census(n) was 100 talents[j] and 1,775 shekels,[k] according to the sanctuary shekel— 26 one beka per person,(o) that is, half a shekel,[l] according to the sanctuary shekel,(p) from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more,(q) a total of 603,550 men.(r) 27 The 100 talents of silver were used to cast the bases(s) for the sanctuary and for the curtain—100 bases from the 100 talents, one talent for each base. 28 They used the 1,775 shekels to make the hooks for the posts, to overlay the tops of the posts, and to make their bands.

29 The bronze from the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels.[m] 30 They used it to make the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar with its bronze grating and all its utensils, 31 the bases for the surrounding courtyard and those for its entrance and all the tent pegs for the tabernacle and those for the surrounding courtyard.

Proverbs 17

Chapter 17

1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
     than a house full of feasting, with strife.(a)

2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
     and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,(b)
     but the Lord tests the heart.(c)

4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
     a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

5 Whoever mocks the poor(d) shows contempt for their Maker;(e)
     whoever gloats over disaster(f) will not go unpunished.(g)

6 Children's children(h) are a crown to the aged,
     and parents are the pride of their children.

7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
     how much worse lying lips to a ruler!(i)

8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
     they think success will come at every turn.(j)

9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,(k)
     but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.(l)

10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
     more than a hundred lashes a fool.

11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
     the messenger of death will be sent against them.

12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
     than a fool bent on folly.(m)

13 Evil will never leave the house
     of one who pays back evil(n) for good.(o)

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
     so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.(p)

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent(q)
     the Lord detests them both.(r)

16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
     when they are not able to understand it?(s)

17 A friend loves at all times,
     and a brother is born for a time of adversity.(t)

18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
     and puts up security for a neighbor.(u)

19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
     whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
     one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
     there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.(v)

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
     but a crushed(w) spirit dries up the bones.(x)

23 The wicked accept bribes(y) in secret
     to pervert the course of justice.(z)

24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
     but a fool's eyes(aa) wander to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
     and bitterness to the mother who bore him.(ab)

26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,(ac)
     surely to flog honest officials is not right.

27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,(ad)
     and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.(ae)

28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
     and discerning if they hold their tongues.(af)

Matthew 7

Chapter 7

Judging Others(a)

1  "Do not judge, or you too will be judged.(b) 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.(c)

3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock(d)

7 "Ask and it will be given to you;(e) seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;(f) and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 "Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts(g) to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,(h) for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.(i)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 "Enter through the narrow gate.(j) For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 "Watch out for false prophets.(k) They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.(l) 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.(m) Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?(n) 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.(o) 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.(p) 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,'(q) will enter the kingdom of heaven,(r) but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.(s) 22 Many will say to me on that day,(t) ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?'(u) 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'(v)

The Wise and Foolish Builders(w)

24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice(x) is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,(y) the crowds were amazed at his teaching,(z) 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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