the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
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Daily Bible Reading
April 6 - Bible-in-a-Year
The Ten Commandments(a)
1 Moses summoned all Israel and said:
Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws(b) I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2 The Lord our God made a covenant(c) with us at Horeb.(d) 3 It was not with our ancestors[a] that the Lord made this covenant, but with us,(e) with all of us who are alive here today.(f) 4 The Lord spoke(g) to you face to face(h) out of the fire(i) on the mountain. 5 (At that time I stood between(j) the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord , because you were afraid(k) of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:
6 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt,(l) out of the land of slavery.(m)
7 "You shall have no other gods before[b] me.
8 "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.(n) 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents(o) to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,(p) 10 but showing love to a thousand(q) generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.(r)
11 "You shall not misuse the name(s) of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.(t)
12 "Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy,(u) as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day(v) is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant,(w) nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.(x) 15 Remember that you were slaves(y) in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand(z) and an outstretched arm.(aa) Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
16 "Honor your father(ab) and your mother,(ac) as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long(ad) and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
17 "You shall not murder.(ae)
18 "You shall not commit adultery.(af)
19 "You shall not steal.(ag)
20 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.(ah)
21 "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."(ai)
22 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness;(aj) and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets(ak) and gave them to me.
23 When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders(al) came to me. 24 And you said, "The Lord our God has shown us(am) his glory and his majesty,(an) and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them.(ao) 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer.(ap) 26 For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived?(aq) 27 Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says.(ar) Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey."(as)
28 The Lord heard you when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, "I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good.(at) 29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me(au) and keep all my commands(av) always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!(aw)
30 "Go, tell them to return to their tents. 31 But you stay here(ax) with me so that I may give you all the commands, decrees and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess."
32 So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you;(ay) do not turn aside to the right or to the left.(az) 33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you,(ba) so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days(bb) in the land that you will possess.
Love the Lord Your God
1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear(a) the Lord your God as long as you live(b) by keeping all his decrees and commands(c) that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.(d) 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey(e) so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly(f) in a land flowing with milk and honey,(g) just as the Lord , the God of your ancestors, promised(h) you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a](i) 5 Love(j) the Lord your God with all your heart(k) and with all your soul and with all your strength.(l) 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.(m) 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.(n) 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.(o) 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.(p)
10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,(q) 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig,(r) and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,(s) 12 be careful that you do not forget(t) the Lord , who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
13 Fear the Lord (u) your God, serve him only(v) and take your oaths(w) in his name.(x) 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the Lord your God(y), who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test(z) as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep(aa) the commands of the Lord your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you.(ab) 18 Do what is right and good in the Lord 's sight,(ac) so that it may go well(ad) with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors, 19 thrusting out all your enemies(ae) before you, as the Lord said.
20 In the future, when your son asks you,(af) "What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?" 21 tell him: "We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.(ag) 22 Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God,(ah) so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.(ai) 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law(aj) before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.(ak)"
1 Then Job replied:
2 "If only my anguish could be weighed
and all my misery be placed on the scales!(a)
3 It would surely outweigh the sand(b) of the seas—
no wonder my words have been impetuous.(c)
4 The arrows(d) of the Almighty(e) are in me,(f)
my spirit drinks(g) in their poison;(h)
God's terrors(i) are marshaled against me.(j)
5 Does a wild donkey(k) bray(l) when it has grass,
or an ox bellow when it has fodder?(m)
6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow[a]?(n)
7 I refuse to touch it;
such food makes me ill.(o)
8 "Oh, that I might have my request,
that God would grant what I hope for,(p)
9 that God would be willing to crush(q) me,
to let loose his hand and cut off my life!(r)
10 Then I would still have this consolation(s)—
my joy in unrelenting pain(t)—
that I had not denied the words(u) of the Holy One.(v)
11 "What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
What prospects, that I should be patient?(w)
12 Do I have the strength of stone?
Is my flesh bronze?(x)
13 Do I have any power to help myself,(y)
now that success has been driven from me?
14 "Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend(z)
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.(aa)
15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,(ab)
as the streams that overflow
16 when darkened by thawing ice
and swollen with melting snow,(ac)
17 but that stop flowing in the dry season,
and in the heat(ad) vanish from their channels.
18 Caravans turn aside from their routes;
they go off into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema(ae) look for water,
the traveling merchants of Sheba(af) look in hope.
20 They are distressed, because they had been confident;
they arrive there, only to be disappointed.(ag)
21 Now you too have proved to be of no help;
you see something dreadful and are afraid.(ah)
22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf,
pay a ransom(ai) for me from your wealth,(aj)
23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy,
rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'?(ak)
24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet;(al)
show me where I have been wrong.(am)
25 How painful are honest words!(an)
But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you mean to correct what I say,
and treat my desperate words as wind?(ao)
27 You would even cast lots(ap) for the fatherless(aq)
and barter away your friend.
28 "But now be so kind as to look at me.
Would I lie to your face?(ar)
29 Relent, do not be unjust;(as)
reconsider, for my integrity(at) is at stake.[b](au)
30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?(av)
Can my mouth not discern(aw) malice?
Judas Hangs Himself
1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.(a) 2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over(b) to Pilate the governor.(c)
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him,(d) saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver(e) to the chief priests and the elders. 4 "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood."
"What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility."(f)
5 So Judas threw the money into the temple(g) and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.(h)
6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money." 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood(i) to this day. 9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:(j) "They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."[a](k)
Jesus Before Pilate(l)
11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"(m)
"You have said so," Jesus replied.
12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.(n) 13 Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?"(o) 14 But Jesus made no reply,(p) not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
15 Now it was the governor's custom at the festival to release a prisoner(q) chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[b] Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"(r) 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat,(s) his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent(t) man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream(u) because of him."
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.(v)
21 "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor.
"Barabbas," they answered.
22 "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?"(w) Pilate asked.
They all answered, "Crucify him!"
23 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar(x) was starting, he took water and washed his hands(y) in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood,"(z) he said. "It is your responsibility!"(aa)
25 All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"(ab)
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged,(ac) and handed him over to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus(ad)
27 Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium(ae) and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,(af) 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said.(ag) 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.(ah) 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.(ai)
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