the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
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Daily Bible Reading
March 27 - Bible-in-a-Year
Balak Summons Balaam
1 Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab(a) and camped along the Jordan(b) across from Jericho.(c)
2 Now Balak son of Zippor(d) saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, 3 and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread(e) because of the Israelites.
4 The Moabites(f) said to the elders of Midian,(g) "This horde is going to lick up everything(h) around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.(i)"
So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, 5 sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor,(j) who was at Pethor, near the Euphrates River,(k) in his native land. Balak said:
"A people has come out of Egypt;(l) they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me. 6 Now come and put a curse(m) on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land.(n) For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed."
7 The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination.(o) When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said.
8 "Spend the night here," Balaam said to them, "and I will report back to you with the answer the Lord gives me.(p)" So the Moabite officials stayed with him.
9 God came to Balaam(q) and asked,(r) "Who are these men with you?"
10 Balaam said to God, "Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message: 11 ‘A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.'"
12 But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.(s)"
13 The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak's officials, "Go back to your own country, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you."
14 So the Moabite officials returned to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us."
15 Then Balak sent other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 16 They came to Balaam and said:
"This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me, 17 because I will reward you handsomely(t) and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse(u) on these people for me."
18 But Balaam answered them, "Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God.(v) 19 Now spend the night here so that I can find out what else the Lord will tell me.(w)"
20 That night God came to Balaam(x) and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you."(y)
21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry(z) when he went, and the angel of the Lord (aa) stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword(ab) in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it(ac) to get it back on the road.
24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord , it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.
26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord , it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry(ad) and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey's mouth,(ae) and it said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?(af)"
29 Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.(ag)"
30 The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?"
"No," he said.
31 Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes,(ah) and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
32 The angel of the Lord asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.[a] 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now,(ai) but I would have spared it."
34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord , "I have sinned.(aj) I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back."
35 The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you." So Balaam went with Balak's officials.
36 When Balak(ak) heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon(al) border, at the edge of his territory. 37 Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn't you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?"
38 "Well, I have come to you now," Balaam replied. "But I can't say whatever I please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth."(am)
39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep,(an) and gave some to Balaam and the officials who were with him.
Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5
8 Listen! My beloved!
Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.(n)
9 My beloved is like a gazelle(o) or a young stag.(p)
Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
"Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;(q)
the blossoming(r) vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me."
14 My dove(s) in the clefts of the rock,
in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show me your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.(t)
15 Catch for us the foxes,(u)
the little foxes
that ruin the vineyards,(v)
our vineyards that are in bloom.(w)
16 My beloved is mine and I am his;(x)
he browses among the lilies.(y)
17 Until the day breaks
and the shadows flee,(z)
turn, my beloved,(aa)
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag(ab)
on the rugged hills.[d](ac)
1 All night long on my bed
I looked(a) for the one my heart loves;
I looked for him but did not find him.
2 I will get up now and go about the city,
through its streets and squares;
I will search for the one my heart loves.
So I looked for him but did not find him.
3 The watchmen found me
as they made their rounds in the city.(b)
"Have you seen the one my heart loves?"
4 Scarcely had I passed them
when I found the one my heart loves.
I held him and would not let him go
till I had brought him to my mother's house,(c)
to the room of the one who conceived me.(d)
5 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(e)
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.(f)
23 That same day the Sadducees,(q) who say there is no resurrection,(r) came to him with a question. 24 "Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him.(s) 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures(t) or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage;(u) they will be like the angels in heaven. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'[b]?(v) He is not the God of the dead but of the living."
33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.(w)
The Greatest Commandment(x)
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,(y) the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law,(z) tested him with this question: 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
37 Jesus replied: "‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[c](aa) 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'[d](ab) 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."(ac)
Whose Son Is the Messiah?(ad)
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 "What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?"
"The son of David,"(ae) they replied.
43 He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord'? For he says,
44 "‘The Lord said to my Lord:
"Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet."'[e](af)
45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,' how can he be his son?" 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.(ag)
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