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Numbers 28-29

Daily Offerings

Chapter 28
1 The Lord said to Moses,
2 “Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings, as an aroma pleasing to me.’
3 Say to them: ‘This is the food offering you are to present to the Lord: two lambs a year old without defect, as a regular burnt offering each day.
4 Offer one lamb in the morning and the other at twilight,
5 together with a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah[a] of the finest flour mixed with a quarter of a hin[b] of oil from pressed olives.
6 This is the regular burnt offering instituted at Mount Sinai as a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord.
7 The accompanying drink offering is to be a quarter of a hin of fermented drink with each lamb. Pour out the drink offering to the Lord at the sanctuary.
8 Offer the second lamb at twilight, along with the same kind of grain offering and drink offering that you offer in the morning. This is a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.


Sabbath Offerings

9 “ ‘On the Sabbath day, make an offering of two lambs a year old without defect, together with its drink offering and a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah[c] of the finest flour mixed with olive oil.
10 This is the burnt offering for every Sabbath, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.


Monthly Offerings

11 “ ‘On the first of every month, present to the Lord a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.
12 With each bull there is to be a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah[d] of the finest flour mixed with oil; with the ram, a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil;
13 and with each lamb, a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil. This is for a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord.
14 With each bull there is to be a drink offering of half a hin[e] of wine; with the ram, a third of a hin[f]; and with each lamb, a quarter of a hin. This is the monthly burnt offering to be made at each new moon during the year.
15 Besides the regular burnt offering with its drink offering, one male goat is to be presented to the Lord as a sin offering.[g]


The Passover

16 “ ‘On the fourteenth day of the first month the Lord’s Passover is to be held.
17 On the fifteenth day of this month there is to be a festival; for seven days eat bread made without yeast.
18 On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
19 Present to the Lord a food offering consisting of a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.
20 With each bull offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; with the ram, two-tenths;
21 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth.
22 Include one male goat as a sin offering to make atonement for you.
23 Offer these in addition to the regular morning burnt offering.
24 In this way present the food offering every day for seven days as an aroma pleasing to the Lord; it is to be offered in addition to the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
25 On the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.


The Festival of Weeks

26 “ ‘On the day of firstfruits, when you present to the Lord an offering of new grain during the Festival of Weeks, hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
27 Present a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
28 With each bull there is to be a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; with the ram, two-tenths;
29 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth.
30 Include one male goat to make atonement for you.
31 Offer these together with their drink offerings, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its grain offering. Be sure the animals are without defect.


The Festival of Trumpets

Chapter 29
1 “ ‘On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets.
2 As an aroma pleasing to the Lord, offer a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.
3 With the bull offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah[a] of the finest flour mixed with olive oil; with the ram, two-tenths[b];
4 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth.[c]
5 Include one male goat as a sin offering[d] to make atonement for you.
6 These are in addition to the monthly and daily burnt offerings with their grain offerings and drink offerings as specified. They are food offerings presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma.


The Day of Atonement

7 “ ‘On the tenth day of this seventh month hold a sacred assembly. You must deny yourselves[e] and do no work.
8 Present as an aroma pleasing to the Lord a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.
9 With the bull offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; with the ram, two-tenths;
10 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth.
11 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the sin offering for atonement and the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings.


The Festival of Tabernacles

12 “ ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. Celebrate a festival to the Lord for seven days.
13 Present as an aroma pleasing to the Lord a food offering consisting of a burnt offering of thirteen young bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.
14 With each of the thirteen bulls offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; with each of the two rams, two-tenths;
15 and with each of the fourteen lambs, one-tenth.
16 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and drink offering.


17 “ ‘On the second day offer twelve young bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.
18 With the bulls, rams and lambs, offer their grain offerings and drink offerings according to the number specified.
19 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings.


20 “ ‘On the third day offer eleven bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.
21 With the bulls, rams and lambs, offer their grain offerings and drink offerings according to the number specified.
22 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and drink offering.


23 “ ‘On the fourth day offer ten bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.
24 With the bulls, rams and lambs, offer their grain offerings and drink offerings according to the number specified.
25 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and drink offering.


26 “ ‘On the fifth day offer nine bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.
27 With the bulls, rams and lambs, offer their grain offerings and drink offerings according to the number specified.
28 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and drink offering.


29 “ ‘On the sixth day offer eight bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.
30 With the bulls, rams and lambs, offer their grain offerings and drink offerings according to the number specified.
31 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and drink offering.


32 “ ‘On the seventh day offer seven bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.
33 With the bulls, rams and lambs, offer their grain offerings and drink offerings according to the number specified.
34 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and drink offering.


35 “ ‘On the eighth day hold a closing special assembly and do no regular work.
36 Present as an aroma pleasing to the Lord a food offering consisting of a burnt offering of one bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.
37 With the bull, the ram and the lambs, offer their grain offerings and drink offerings according to the number specified.
38 Include one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and drink offering.


39 “ ‘In addition to what you vow and your freewill offerings, offer these to the Lord at your appointed festivals: your burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings and fellowship offerings.’ ”


40 Moses told the Israelites all that the Lord commanded him.[f]



Song of Solomon 8:5-14

Friends


5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?

She


Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.
6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy[a] unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.[b]
7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it[c] would be utterly scorned.

Friends


8 We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for?
9 If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.

She


10 I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment.
11 Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels[d] of silver.
12 But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, and two hundred[e] are for those who tend its fruit.

He


13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!

She


14 Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.


Matthew 24:32-51

32  “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
33  Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door.
34  Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.


The Day and Hour Unknown

36  “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father.
37  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
38  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;
39  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
40  Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
41  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.


42  “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
43  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
44  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.


45  “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?
46  It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
47  Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
48  But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’
49  and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
50  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.
51  He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.



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