the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
March 14 - Bible-in-a-Year
Olive Oil and Bread Set Before the Lord (a)
1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 "Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. 3 Outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, Aaron is to tend the lamps before the Lord from evening till morning, continually. This is to be a lasting ordinance(b) for the generations to come. 4 The lamps on the pure gold lampstand(c) before the Lord must be tended continually.
5 "Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread,(d) using two-tenths of an ephah[a](e) for each loaf. 6 Arrange them in two stacks, six in each stack, on the table of pure gold(f) before the Lord . 7 By each stack put some pure incense(g) as a memorial[b] portion(h) to represent the bread and to be a food offering presented to the Lord . 8 This bread is to be set out before the Lord regularly,(i) Sabbath after Sabbath,(j) on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant. 9 It belongs to Aaron and his sons,(k) who are to eat it in the sanctuary area,(l) because it is a most holy(m) part of their perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the Lord ."
A Blasphemer Put to Death
10 Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite. 11 The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name(n) with a curse;(o) so they brought him to Moses.(p) (His mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.)(q) 12 They put him in custody until the will of the Lord should be made clear to them.(r)
13 Then the Lord said to Moses: 14 "Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him.(s) 15 Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God(t) will be held responsible;(u) 16 anyone who blasphemes(v) the name of the Lord is to be put to death.(w) The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.
17 "‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.(x) 18 Anyone who takes the life of someone's animal must make restitution(y)—life for life. 19 Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner: 20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.(z) The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury. 21 Whoever kills an animal must make restitution,(aa) but whoever kills a human being is to be put to death.(ab) 22 You are to have the same law for the foreigner(ac) and the native-born.(ad) I am the Lord your God.'"
23 Then Moses spoke to the Israelites, and they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him.(ae) The Israelites did as the Lord commanded Moses.
The Sabbath Year
1 The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai,(a) 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord . 3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops.(b) 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest,(c) a sabbath to the Lord . Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.(d) 5 Do not reap what grows of itself(e) or harvest the grapes(f) of your untended vines.(g) The land is to have a year of rest. 6 Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year(h) will be food for you—for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, 7 as well as for your livestock and the wild animals(i) in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.
The Year of Jubilee(j)(k)
8 "‘Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9 Then have the trumpet(l) sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month;(m) on the Day of Atonement(n) sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty(o) throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee(p) for you; each of you is to return to your family property(q) and to your own clan. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee(r) for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.(s) 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.
13 "‘In this Year of Jubilee(t) everyone is to return to their own property.
14 "‘If you sell land to any of your own people or buy land from them, do not take advantage of each other.(u) 15 You are to buy from your own people on the basis of the number of years(v) since the Jubilee. And they are to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops. 16 When the years are many, you are to increase the price, and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price,(w) because what is really being sold to you is the number of crops. 17 Do not take advantage of each other,(x) but fear your God.(y) I am the Lord your God.(z)
18 "‘Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws,(aa) and you will live safely in the land.(ab) 19 Then the land will yield its fruit,(ac) and you will eat your fill and live there in safety.(ad) 20 You may ask, "What will we eat in the seventh year(ae) if we do not plant or harvest our crops?" 21 I will send you such a blessing(af) in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.(ag) 22 While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.(ah)
23 "‘The land(ai) must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine(aj) and you reside in my land as foreigners(ak) and strangers. 24 Throughout the land that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption(al) of the land.
25 "‘If one of your fellow Israelites becomes poor and sells some of their property, their nearest relative(am) is to come and redeem(an) what they have sold. 26 If, however, there is no one to redeem it for them but later on they prosper(ao) and acquire sufficient means to redeem it themselves, 27 they are to determine the value for the years(ap) since they sold it and refund the balance to the one to whom they sold it; they can then go back to their own property.(aq) 28 But if they do not acquire the means to repay, what was sold will remain in the possession of the buyer until the Year of Jubilee. It will be returned(ar) in the Jubilee, and they can then go back to their property.(as)
29 "‘Anyone who sells a house in a walled city retains the right of redemption a full year after its sale. During that time the seller may redeem it. 30 If it is not redeemed before a full year has passed, the house in the walled city shall belong permanently to the buyer and the buyer's descendants. It is not to be returned in the Jubilee. 31 But houses in villages without walls around them are to be considered as belonging to the open country. They can be redeemed, and they are to be returned in the Jubilee.
32 "‘The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns,(at) which they possess. 33 So the property of the Levites is redeemable—that is, a house sold in any town they hold—and is to be returned in the Jubilee, because the houses in the towns of the Levites are their property among the Israelites. 34 But the pastureland belonging to their towns must not be sold; it is their permanent possession.(au)
35 "‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor(av) and are unable to support themselves among you, help them(aw) as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. 36 Do not take interest(ax) or any profit from them, but fear your God,(ay) so that they may continue to live among you. 37 You must not lend them money at interest(az) or sell them food at a profit. 38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan(ba) and to be your God.(bb)
39 "‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to you, do not make them work as slaves.(bc) 40 They are to be treated as hired workers(bd) or temporary residents among you; they are to work for you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 Then they and their children are to be released, and they will go back to their own clans and to the property(be) of their ancestors.(bf) 42 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt,(bg) they must not be sold as slaves. 43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly,(bh) but fear your God.(bi)
44 "‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
47 "‘If a foreigner residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves(bj) to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner's clan, 48 they retain the right of redemption(bk) after they have sold themselves. One of their relatives(bl) may redeem them: 49 An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in their clan may redeem them. Or if they prosper,(bm) they may redeem themselves. 50 They and their buyer are to count the time from the year they sold themselves up to the Year of Jubilee.(bn) The price for their release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired worker(bo) for that number of years. 51 If many years remain, they must pay for their redemption a larger share of the price paid for them. 52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they are to compute that and pay for their redemption accordingly.(bp) 53 They are to be treated as workers hired from year to year; you must see to it that those to whom they owe service do not rule over them ruthlessly.(bq)
54 "‘Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, 55 for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt.(br) I am the Lord your God.(bs)
Everything Is Meaningless
1 The words of the Teacher,[a](a) son of David, king in Jerusalem:(b)
2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!"
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless."(c)
3 What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?(d)
4 Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.(e)
5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.(f)
6 The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.(g)
8 All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,(h)
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;(i)
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,(j)
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.(k)
That Which Defiles(a)
1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"(b)
3 Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother'[a](c) and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.'[b](d) 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,' 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 "‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.(e)'[c](f)"
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them,(g) but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them."(h)
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?"
13 He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted(i) will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides.[d](j) If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."(k)
15 Peter said, "Explain the parable to us."(l)
16 "Are you still so dull?"(m) Jesus asked them. 17 "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person's mouth come from the heart,(n) and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.(o) 20 These are what defile a person;(p) but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them."
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