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March 23 - Bible-in-a-Year


Numbers 15-16

Chapter 15

Supplementary Offerings

1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving you(a) as a home 3 and you present to the Lord food offerings from the herd or the flock,(b) as an aroma pleasing to the Lord (c)—whether burnt offerings(d) or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offerings(e) or festival offerings(f) 4 then the person who brings an offering shall present to the Lord a grain offering(g) of a tenth of an ephah[a] of the finest flour(h) mixed with a quarter of a hin[b] of olive oil. 5 With each lamb(i) for the burnt offering or the sacrifice, prepare a quarter of a hin of wine(j) as a drink offering.(k)

6 "‘With a ram(l) prepare a grain offering(m) of two-tenths of an ephah[c](n) of the finest flour mixed with a third of a hin[d] of olive oil,(o) 7 and a third of a hin of wine(p) as a drink offering.(q) Offer it as an aroma pleasing to the Lord .(r)

8 "‘When you prepare a young bull(s) as a burnt offering or sacrifice, for a special vow(t) or a fellowship offering(u) to the Lord , 9 bring with the bull a grain offering(v) of three-tenths of an ephah[e](w) of the finest flour mixed with half a hin[f] of olive oil, 10 and also bring half a hin of wine(x) as a drink offering.(y) This will be a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord .(z) 11 Each bull or ram, each lamb or young goat, is to be prepared in this manner. 12 Do this for each one, for as many as you prepare.(aa)

13 "‘Everyone who is native-born(ab) must do these things in this way when they present a food offering as an aroma pleasing to the Lord .(ac) 14 For the generations to come,(ad) whenever a foreigner(ae) or anyone else living among you presents a food(af) offering(ag) as an aroma pleasing to the Lord , they must do exactly as you do. 15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.(ah) You and the foreigner shall be the same before the Lord : 16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.(ai)'"

17 The Lord said to Moses, 18 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land to which I am taking you(aj) 19 and you eat the food of the land,(ak) present a portion as an offering to the Lord .(al) 20 Present a loaf from the first of your ground meal(am) and present it as an offering from the threshing floor.(an) 21 Throughout the generations to come(ao) you are to give this offering to the Lord from the first of your ground meal.(ap)

Offerings for Unintentional Sins

22 "‘Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the Lord gave Moses(aq) 23 any of the Lord 's commands to you through him, from the day the Lord gave them and continuing through the generations to come(ar) 24 and if this is done unintentionally(as) without the community being aware of it,(at) then the whole community is to offer a young bull for a burnt offering(au) as an aroma pleasing to the Lord ,(av) along with its prescribed grain offering(aw) and drink offering,(ax) and a male goat for a sin offering.[g](ay) 25 The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven,(az) for it was not intentional(ba) and they have presented to the Lord for their wrong a food offering(bb) and a sin offering.(bc) 26 The whole Israelite community and the foreigners residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people were involved in the unintentional wrong.(bd)

27 "‘But if just one person sins unintentionally,(be) that person must bring a year-old female goat for a sin offering.(bf) 28 The priest is to make atonement(bg) before the Lord for the one who erred by sinning unintentionally, and when atonement has been made, that person will be forgiven.(bh) 29 One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner residing among you.(bi)

30 "‘But anyone who sins defiantly,(bj) whether native-born or foreigner,(bk) blasphemes the Lord (bl) and must be cut off from the people of Israel.(bm) 31 Because they have despised(bn) the Lord 's word and broken his commands,(bo) they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.(bp)'"

The Sabbath-Breaker Put to Death

32 While the Israelites were in the wilderness,(bq) a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day.(br) 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, 34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.(bs) 35 Then the Lord said to Moses, "The man must die.(bt) The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.(bu)" 36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him(bv) to death,(bw) as the Lord commanded Moses.(bx)

Tassels on Garments

37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come(by) you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments,(bz) with a blue cord on each tassel. 39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember(ca) all the commands of the Lord , that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves(cb) by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts(cc) and eyes. 40 Then you will remember to obey all my commands(cd) and will be consecrated to your God.(ce) 41 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God.(cf) I am the Lord your God.(cg)'"

Chapter 16

Korah, Dathan and Abiram

1 Korah(a) son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram(b), sons of Eliab,(c) and On son of Peleth—became insolent[a] 2 and rose up against Moses.(d) With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council.(e) 3 They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron(f) and said to them, "You have gone too far! The whole community is holy,(g) every one of them, and the Lord is with them.(h) Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord 's assembly?"(i)

4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.(j) 5 Then he said to Korah and all his followers: "In the morning the Lord will show who belongs to him and who is holy,(k) and he will have that person come near him.(l) The man he chooses(m) he will cause to come near him. 6 You, Korah, and all your followers(n) are to do this: Take censers(o) 7 and tomorrow put burning coals(p) and incense(q) in them before the Lord . The man the Lord chooses(r) will be the one who is holy.(s) You Levites have gone too far!"

8 Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites! 9 Isn't it enough(t) for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the Lord 's tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?(u) 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.(v) 11 It is against the Lord that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble(w) against him?(x)"

12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram,(y) the sons of Eliab. But they said, "We will not come!(z) 13 Isn't it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey(aa) to kill us in the wilderness?(ab) And now you also want to lord it over us!(ac) 14 Moreover, you haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey(ad) or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards.(ae) Do you want to treat these men like slaves[b]?(af) No, we will not come!(ag)"

15 Then Moses became very angry(ah) and said to the Lord , "Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey(ai) from them, nor have I wronged any of them."

16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the Lord tomorrow—you and they and Aaron.(aj) 17 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it—250 censers in all—and present it before the Lord . You and Aaron are to present your censers also.(ak)" 18 So each of them took his censer,(al) put burning coals and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 19 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them(am) at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the glory of the Lord (an) appeared to the entire assembly. 20 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 21 "Separate yourselves(ao) from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."(ap)

22 But Moses and Aaron fell facedown(aq) and cried out, "O God, the God who gives breath to all living things,(ar) will you be angry with the entire assembly(as) when only one man sins?"(at)

23 Then the Lord said to Moses, 24 "Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.'"

25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel(au) followed him. 26 He warned the assembly, "Move back from the tents of these wicked men!(av) Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away(aw) because of all their sins.(ax)" 27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.(ay) Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children(az) and little ones at the entrances to their tents.(ba)

28 Then Moses said, "This is how you will know(bb) that the Lord has sent me(bc) to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me.(bd) 30 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth(be) and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead,(bf) then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.(bg)"

31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart(bh) 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them(bi) and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead,(bj) with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"

35 And fire came out from the Lord (bk) and consumed(bl) the 250 men who were offering the incense.

36 The Lord said to Moses, 37 "Tell Eleazar(bm) son of Aaron, the priest, to remove the censers(bn) from the charred remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy— 38 the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives.(bo) Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar,(bp) for they were presented before the Lord and have become holy. Let them be a sign(bq) to the Israelites."

39 So Eleazar the priest(br) collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned to death,(bs) and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar, 40 as the Lord directed him through Moses. This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense(bt) before the Lord ,(bu) or he would become like Korah and his followers.(bv)

41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. "You have killed the Lord 's people," they said.

42 But when the assembly gathered in opposition(bw) to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the Lord (bx) appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the Lord said to Moses, 45 "Get away from this assembly so I can put an end(by) to them at once." And they fell facedown.

46 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer(bz) and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly(ca) to make atonement(cb) for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord ;(cc) the plague(cd) has started." 47 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people,(ce) but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.(cf) 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah.(cg) 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.[c]

Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20

Chapter 9

13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom(y) that greatly impressed me: 14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.(z) 16 So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.(aa)

17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
     than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom(ab) is better than weapons of war,
     but one sinner destroys much good.

Chapter 10

1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell,
     so a little folly(a) outweighs wisdom and honor.
2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
     but the heart of the fool to the left.
3 Even as fools walk along the road,
     they lack sense
     and show everyone(b) how stupid they are.
4 If a ruler's anger rises against you,
     do not leave your post;(c)
     calmness can lay great offenses to rest.(d)

5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun,
     the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
6 Fools are put in many high positions,(e)
     while the rich occupy the low ones.
7 I have seen slaves on horseback,
     while princes go on foot like slaves.(f)

8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it;(g)
     whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.(h)
9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them;
     whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.(i)

10 If the ax is dull
     and its edge unsharpened,
more strength is needed,
     but skill will bring success.

11 If a snake bites before it is charmed,
     the charmer receives no fee.(j)

12 Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,(k)
     but fools are consumed by their own lips.(l)
13 At the beginning their words are folly;
     at the end they are wicked madness—
14       and fools multiply words.(m)

No one knows what is coming—
     who can tell someone else what will happen after them?(n)

15 The toil of fools wearies them;
     they do not know the way to town.

16 Woe to the land whose king was a servant[a](o)
     and whose princes feast in the morning.
17 Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth
     and whose princes eat at a proper time—
     for strength and not for drunkenness.(p)

18 Through laziness, the rafters sag;
     because of idle hands, the house leaks.(q)

19 A feast is made for laughter,
     wine(r) makes life merry,
     and money is the answer for everything.

20 Do not revile the king(s) even in your thoughts,
     or curse the rich in your bedroom,
because a bird in the sky may carry your words,
     and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

Matthew 20:17-34

Chapter 20

17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 "We are going up to Jerusalem,(j) and the Son of Man(k) will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.(l) They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged(m) and crucified.(n) On the third day(o) he will be raised to life!"(p)

A Mother's Request(q)

20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons(r) came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,(s) asked a favor of him.

21 "What is it you want?" he asked.

She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom."(t)

22 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup(u) I am going to drink?"

"We can," they answered.

23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup,(v) but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."

24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant(w) with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,(x) 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man(y) did not come to be served, but to serve,(z) and to give his life as a ransom(aa) for many."

Two Blind Men Receive Sight(ab)

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David,(ac) have mercy on us!"

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"

32 Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.

33 "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight."

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

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