the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
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April 3 - Bible-in-a-Year
Towns for the Levites
1 On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho,(a) the Lord said to Moses, 2 "Command the Israelites to give the Levites towns to live in(b) from the inheritance the Israelites will possess. And give them pasturelands(c) around the towns. 3 Then they will have towns to live in and pasturelands for the cattle they own and all their other animals.(d)
4 "The pasturelands around the towns that you give the Levites will extend a thousand cubits[a] from the town wall. 5 Outside the town, measure two thousand cubits[b](e) on the east side, two thousand on the south side, two thousand on the west and two thousand on the north, with the town in the center. They will have this area as pastureland for the towns.(f)
Cities of Refuge(g)
6 "Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee.(h) In addition, give them forty-two other towns. 7 In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands. 8 The towns you give the Levites from the land the Israelites possess are to be given in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: Take many towns from a tribe that has many, but few from one that has few."(i)
9 Then the Lord said to Moses: 10 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,(j) 11 select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone(k) accidentally(l) may flee. 12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger,(m) so that anyone accused of murder(n) may not die before they stand trial before the assembly.(o) 13 These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge.(p) 14 Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge. 15 These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites and for foreigners residing among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there.
16 "‘If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death.(q) 17 Or if anyone is holding a stone and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death. 18 Or if anyone is holding a wooden object and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death. 19 The avenger of blood(r) shall put the murderer to death; when the avenger comes upon the murderer, the avenger shall put the murderer to death.(s) 20 If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at them intentionally(t) so that they die 21 or if out of enmity one person hits another with their fist so that the other dies, that person is to be put to death;(u) that person is a murderer. The avenger of blood(v) shall put the murderer to death when they meet.
22 "‘But if without enmity someone suddenly pushes another or throws something at them unintentionally(w) 23 or, without seeing them, drops on them a stone heavy enough to kill them, and they die, then since that other person was not an enemy and no harm was intended, 24 the assembly(x) must judge between the accused and the avenger of blood according to these regulations. 25 The assembly must protect the one accused of murder from the avenger of blood and send the accused back to the city of refuge to which they fled. The accused must stay there until the death of the high priest,(y) who was anointed(z) with the holy oil.(aa)
26 "‘But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which they fled 27 and the avenger of blood finds them outside the city, the avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of murder. 28 The accused must stay in the city of refuge until the death of the high priest; only after the death of the high priest may they return to their own property.
29 "‘This is to have the force of law(ab) for you throughout the generations to come,(ac) wherever you live.(ad)
30 "‘Anyone who kills a person is to be put to death as a murderer only on the testimony of witnesses. But no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.(ae)
31 "‘Do not accept a ransom(af) for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. They are to be put to death.
32 "‘Do not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a city of refuge and so allow them to go back and live on their own land before the death of the high priest.
33 "‘Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land,(ag) and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it. 34 Do not defile the land(ah) where you live and where I dwell,(ai) for I, the Lord , dwell among the Israelites.'"
Inheritance of Zelophehad's Daughters(a)
1 The family heads of the clan of Gilead(b) son of Makir,(c) the son of Manasseh, who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph,(d) came and spoke before Moses and the leaders,(e) the heads of the Israelite families. 2 They said, "When the Lord commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot,(f) he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad(g) to his daughters. 3 Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away. 4 When the Year of Jubilee(h) for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken from the tribal inheritance of our ancestors."
5 Then at the Lord 's command Moses gave this order to the Israelites: "What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right. 6 This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad's daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father's tribal clan. 7 No inheritance(i) in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors. 8 Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father's tribal clan,(j) so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of their ancestors. 9 No inheritance may pass from one tribe to another, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits."
10 So Zelophehad's daughters did as the Lord commanded Moses. 11 Zelophehad's daughters—Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milkah and Noah(k)—married their cousins on their father's side. 12 They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in their father's tribe and clan.(l)
13 These are the commands and regulations the Lord gave through Moses(m) to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.(n)
1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.(a) 2 He said:
3 "May the day of my birth perish,
and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!'(b)
4 That day—may it turn to darkness;
may God above not care about it;
may no light shine on it.
5 May gloom and utter darkness(c) claim it once more;
may a cloud settle over it;
may blackness overwhelm it.
6 That night—may thick darkness(d) seize it;
may it not be included among the days of the year
nor be entered in any of the months.
7 May that night be barren;
may no shout of joy(e) be heard in it.
8 May those who curse days[a] curse that day,(f)
those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.(g)
9 May its morning stars become dark;
may it wait for daylight in vain
and not see the first rays of dawn,(h)
10 for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me
to hide trouble from my eyes.
11 "Why did I not perish at birth,
and die as I came from the womb?(i)
12 Why were there knees to receive me(j)
and breasts that I might be nursed?
13 For now I would be lying down(k) in peace;
I would be asleep and at rest(l)
14 with kings and rulers of the earth,(m)
who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,(n)
15 with princes(o) who had gold,
who filled their houses with silver.(p)
16 Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child,(q)
like an infant who never saw the light of day?(r)
17 There the wicked cease from turmoil,(s)
and there the weary are at rest.(t)
18 Captives(u) also enjoy their ease;
they no longer hear the slave driver's(v) shout.(w)
19 The small and the great are there,(x)
and the slaves are freed from their owners.
20 "Why is light given to those in misery,
and life to the bitter of soul,(y)
21 to those who long for death that does not come,(z)
who search for it more than for hidden treasure,(aa)
22 who are filled with gladness
and rejoice when they reach the grave?(ab)
23 Why is life given to a man
whose way is hidden,(ac)
whom God has hedged in?(ad)
24 For sighing(ae) has become my daily food;(af)
my groans(ag) pour out like water.(ah)
25 What I feared has come upon me;
what I dreaded(ai) has happened to me.(aj)
26 I have no peace,(ak) no quietness;
I have no rest,(al) but only turmoil."(am)
The Plot Against Jesus(a)
1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things,(b) he said to his disciples, 2 "As you know, the Passover(c) is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."
3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled(d) in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,(e) 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.(f) 5 "But not during the festival," they said, "or there may be a riot(g) among the people."
Jesus Anointed at Bethany(h)(i)
6 While Jesus was in Bethany(j) in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. 9 "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a](k) but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.(l) 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus(m)
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot(n)—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.(o) 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
The Last Supper(p)(q)(r)
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,(s) the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"(t)
18 He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time(u) is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'" 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me."(v)
22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely you don't mean me, Lord?"
23 Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.(w) 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.(x) But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him,(y) said, "Surely you don't mean me, Rabbi?"(z)
Jesus answered, "You have said so."
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