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Leviticus 7-8

The Guilt Offering

Chapter 7
1 “ ‘These are the regulations for the guilt offering, which is most holy:
2 The guilt offering is to be slaughtered in the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered, and its blood is to be splashed against the sides of the altar.
3 All its fat shall be offered: the fat tail and the fat that covers the internal organs,
4 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which is to be removed with the kidneys.
5 The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord. It is a guilt offering.
6 Any male in a priest’s family may eat it, but it must be eaten in the sanctuary area; it is most holy.


7 “ ‘The same law applies to both the sin offering[a] and the guilt offering: They belong to the priest who makes atonement with them.
8 The priest who offers a burnt offering for anyone may keep its hide for himself.
9 Every grain offering baked in an oven or cooked in a pan or on a griddle belongs to the priest who offers it,
10 and every grain offering, whether mixed with olive oil or dry, belongs equally to all the sons of Aaron.


The Fellowship Offering

11 “ ‘These are the regulations for the fellowship offering anyone may present to the Lord:


12 “ ‘If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in.
13 Along with their fellowship offering of thanksgiving they are to present an offering with thick loaves of bread made with yeast.
14 They are to bring one of each kind as an offering, a contribution to the Lord; it belongs to the priest who splashes the blood of the fellowship offering against the altar.
15 The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning.


16 “ ‘If, however, their offering is the result of a vow or is a freewill offering, the sacrifice shall be eaten on the day they offer it, but anything left over may be eaten on the next day.
17 Any meat of the sacrifice left over till the third day must be burned up.
18 If any meat of the fellowship offering is eaten on the third day, the one who offered it will not be accepted. It will not be reckoned to their credit, for it has become impure; the person who eats any of it will be held responsible.


19 “ ‘Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean must not be eaten; it must be burned up. As for other meat, anyone ceremonially clean may eat it.
20 But if anyone who is unclean eats any meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the Lord, they must be cut off from their people.
21 Anyone who touches something unclean—whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean creature that moves along the ground[b]—and then eats any of the meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the Lord must be cut off from their people.’ ”


Eating Fat and Blood Forbidden

22 The Lord said to Moses,
23 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats.
24 The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it.
25 Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which a food offering may be[c] presented to the Lord must be cut off from their people.
26 And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.
27 Anyone who eats blood must be cut off from their people.’ ”


The Priests’ Share

28 The Lord said to Moses,
29 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who brings a fellowship offering to the Lord is to bring part of it as their sacrifice to the Lord.
30 With their own hands they are to present the food offering to the Lord; they are to bring the fat, together with the breast, and wave the breast before the Lord as a wave offering.
31 The priest shall burn the fat on the altar, but the breast belongs to Aaron and his sons.
32 You are to give the right thigh of your fellowship offerings to the priest as a contribution.
33 The son of Aaron who offers the blood and the fat of the fellowship offering shall have the right thigh as his share.
34 From the fellowship offerings of the Israelites, I have taken the breast that is waved and the thigh that is presented and have given them to Aaron the priest and his sons as their perpetual share from the Israelites.’ ”


35 This is the portion of the food offerings presented to the Lord that were allotted to Aaron and his sons on the day they were presented to serve the Lord as priests.
36 On the day they were anointed, the Lord commanded that the Israelites give this to them as their perpetual share for the generations to come.


37 These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering and the fellowship offering,
38 which the Lord gave Moses at Mount Sinai in the Desert of Sinai on the day he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the Lord.


The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons

Chapter 8
1 The Lord said to Moses,
2 “Bring Aaron and his sons, their garments, the anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering,[a] the two rams and the basket containing bread made without yeast,
3 and gather the entire assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting.”
4 Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the assembly gathered at the entrance to the tent of meeting.


5 Moses said to the assembly, “This is what the Lord has commanded to be done.”
6 Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and washed them with water.
7 He put the tunic on Aaron, tied the sash around him, clothed him with the robe and put the ephod on him. He also fastened the ephod with a decorative waistband, which he tied around him.
8 He placed the breastpiece on him and put the Urim and Thummim in the breastpiece.
9 Then he placed the turban on Aaron’s head and set the gold plate, the sacred emblem, on the front of it, as the Lord commanded Moses.


10 Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and everything in it, and so consecrated them.
11 He sprinkled some of the oil on the altar seven times, anointing the altar and all its utensils and the basin with its stand, to consecrate them.
12 He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him to consecrate him.
13 Then he brought Aaron’s sons forward, put tunics on them, tied sashes around them and fastened caps on them, as the Lord commanded Moses.


14 He then presented the bull for the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head.
15 Moses slaughtered the bull and took some of the blood, and with his finger he put it on all the horns of the altar to purify the altar. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. So he consecrated it to make atonement for it.
16 Moses also took all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and both kidneys and their fat, and burned it on the altar.
17 But the bull with its hide and its flesh and its intestines he burned up outside the camp, as the Lord commanded Moses.


18 He then presented the ram for the burnt offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head.
19 Then Moses slaughtered the ram and splashed the blood against the sides of the altar.
20 He cut the ram into pieces and burned the head, the pieces and the fat.
21 He washed the internal organs and the legs with water and burned the whole ram on the altar. It was a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses.


22 He then presented the other ram, the ram for the ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head.
23 Moses slaughtered the ram and took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.
24 Moses also brought Aaron’s sons forward and put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet. Then he splashed blood against the sides of the altar.
25 After that, he took the fat, the fat tail, all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, both kidneys and their fat and the right thigh.
26 And from the basket of bread made without yeast, which was before the Lord, he took one thick loaf, one thick loaf with olive oil mixed in, and one thin loaf, and he put these on the fat portions and on the right thigh.
27 He put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons, and they waved them before the Lord as a wave offering.
28 Then Moses took them from their hands and burned them on the altar on top of the burnt offering as an ordination offering, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord.
29 Moses also took the breast, which was his share of the ordination ram, and waved it before the Lord as a wave offering, as the Lord commanded Moses.


30 Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments.


31 Moses then said to Aaron and his sons, “Cook the meat at the entrance to the tent of meeting and eat it there with the bread from the basket of ordination offerings, as I was commanded: ‘Aaron and his sons are to eat it.’
32 Then burn up the rest of the meat and the bread.
33 Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for your ordination will last seven days.
34 What has been done today was commanded by the Lord to make atonement for you.
35 You must stay at the entrance to the tent of meeting day and night for seven days and do what the Lord requires, so you will not die; for that is what I have been commanded.”


36 So Aaron and his sons did everything the Lord commanded through Moses.



Proverbs 22

Chapter 22
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

2 Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.

3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

4 Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.

11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”

14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Thirty Sayings of the Wise

Saying 1


17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?

Saying 2


22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.

Saying 3


24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Saying 4


26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Saying 5


28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Saying 6


29 Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.


Matthew 10:1-25

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

Chapter 10
1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.


2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.


5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.


9  “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—
10  no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.
11  Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.
12  As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
13  If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
14  If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
15  Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.


16  “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
17  Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.
18  On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
19  But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,
20  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.


21  “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
22  You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
23  When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.


24  “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.
25  It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!



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