Daily Reading - February 11, 2019


Exodus 5:1-6:27

Chapter 5

Israel's Labor Increased

1 And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.' "
2 But Pharaoh said, "Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go."
3 Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword."
4 But the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you draw [fn] the people away from their work [fn]? Get back to your labors [fn]!"
5 Again Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!"
6 So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying,
7 "You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves.
8 "But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, 'Let [fn] us go and sacrifice to our God.'
9 "Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words."

10 So the taskmasters of the people and their foremen went out and spoke to the people, saying, "Thus says Pharaoh, 'I am not going to give you any straw.
11 'You go and get straw for yourselves wherever you can find it, but none of your labor will be reduced.' "
12 So the people scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
13 The taskmasters pressed them, saying, "Complete your work [fn] quota, your [fn] daily amount, just as when you [fn] had straw."
14 Moreover, the foremen of the sons of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and [fn] were asked, "Why have you not completed your required amount either yesterday or today in making brick as previously?"

15 Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, "Why do you deal this way with your servants?
16 "There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, 'Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people."
17 But he said, "You are lazy, very lazy; therefore you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.'
18 "So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks."
19 The foremen of the sons of Israel saw that they were in trouble because [fn] they were told, "You must not reduce your [fn] daily amount of bricks."
20 When they left Pharaoh's presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting [fn] for them.
21 They said to them, "May the Lord look upon you and judge you, for you have made us [fn] odious in Pharaoh's sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us."

22 Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, "O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me?
23 "Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all."

Chapter 6

God Promises Action

1 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for under [fn] compulsion he will let them go, and under [fn] compulsion he will drive them out of his land."
2 God spoke further to Moses and said to him, "I am the Lord;
3 and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God [fn] Almighty, but by My name, [fn]Lord, I did not make Myself known to them.
4 "I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land [fn] in which they sojourned.
5 "Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.
6 "Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, 'I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
7 'Then I will take you for [fn] My people, and I will be your [fn] God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 'I will bring you to the land which I swore [fn] to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the Lord.' "
9 So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency [fn] and cruel bondage.

10 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
11 "Go, tell [fn] Pharaoh king of Egypt to [fn] let the sons of Israel go out of his land."
12 But Moses spoke before the Lord, saying, "Behold, the sons of Israel have not listened to me; how then will Pharaoh listen to me, for I am unskilled [fn] in speech?"
13 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and gave them a charge to the sons of Israel and to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

The Heads of Israel

14 These are the heads of their fathers' households. The sons of Reuben, Israel's firstborn: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi; these are the families of Reuben.
15 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the families of Simeon.
16 These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon and Kohath and Merari; and the length [fn] of Levi's life was one hundred and thirty-seven years.
17 The sons of Gershon: Libni [fn] and Shimei, according to their families.
18 The sons of Kohath: Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel; and the length [fn] of Kohath's life was one hundred and thirty-three years.
19 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their generations.
20 Amram married [fn] his father's sister Jochebed, and she bore him Aaron and Moses; and the length [fn] of Amram's life was one hundred and thirty-seven years.
21 The sons of Izhar: Korah and Nepheg and Zichri.
22 The sons of Uzziel: Mishael and Elzaphan [fn] and Sithri.
23 Aaron married [fn] Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
24 The sons of Korah: Assir and Elkanah and Abiasaph [fn]; these are the families of the Korahites.
25 Aaron's son Eleazar married [fn] one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers' households of the Levites according to their families.
26 It was the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, "Bring out the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their hosts."
27 They were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about [fn] bringing out the sons of Israel from Egypt; it was the same Moses and Aaron.

Proverbs 1


Chapter 1

The Usefulness of Proverbs

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,
3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;
4 To give prudence to the naive [fn], To the youth knowledge and discretion,
5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners

8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;
9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments [fn] about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
11 If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;
14 Throw in your lot with [fn] us, We shall all have one purse,"
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path,
16 For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.
17 Indeed, it is useless [fn] to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird [fn];
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

Wisdom Warns

20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts [fn] her voice in the square;
21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
22 "How long, O naive [fn] ones, will you love being [fn] simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
23 "Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
24 "Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25 And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;
26 I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,
27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30 "They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.
31 "So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.
32 "For the waywardness of the naive [fn] will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 "But he who listens to me shall live [fn] securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."
Hebrews 8

Chapter 8

A Better Ministry

1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2 a minister in [fn] the sanctuary and in [fn] the true tabernacle [fn], which the Lord pitched, not man.
3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.
4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;
5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was [fn] warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle [fn]; for, "See," He says, "that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain."
6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

A New Covenant

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.
8 For finding fault with them, He says,
"Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, [fn]When I will effect a new covenant With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
9 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers On the day when I took them by the hand To lead them out of the land of Egypt; For they did not continue in My covenant, And I did not care for them, says the Lord.
10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, says the Lord: [fn]I will put My laws into their minds, And I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, And they shall be My people.
11 "And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, And everyone his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' For all will know Me, From [fn]the least to the greatest of them.
12 "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more."
13 When [fn] He said, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready [fn] to disappear.
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