The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday March 5, 2024 (NIV)

Numbers 4-5

Duties of the Kohathites

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: “Among the Levites, take a census of the Kohathites(A) by their clans and their ancestral families,[a] men from thirty years old to fifty years old—everyone who is qualified[b] to do work at the tent of meeting.

“The service of the Kohathites at the tent of meeting concerns the most holy objects.(B) Whenever the camp is about to move on, Aaron and his sons are to go in, take down the screening curtain, and cover the ark of the testimony with it.(C) They are to place over this a covering made of fine leather,[c](D) spread a solid blue cloth on top, and insert its poles.(E)

“They are to spread a blue cloth over the table of the Presence and place the plates and cups on it, as well as the bowls and pitchers for the drink offering. The regular bread offering is to be on it.(F) They are to spread a scarlet cloth over them, cover them with a covering made of fine leather, and insert the poles in the table.(G)

“They are to take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand(H) used for light, with its lamps, snuffers, and firepans,(I) as well as its jars of oil by which they service it. 10 Then they are to place it with all its utensils inside a covering made of fine leather and put them on the carrying frame.

11 “They are to spread a blue cloth over the gold altar,(J) cover it with a covering made of fine leather, and insert its poles.(K) 12 They are to take all the serving utensils they use in the sanctuary, place them in a blue cloth, cover them with a covering made of fine leather, and put them on a carrying frame.

13 “They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar, spread a purple cloth over it, 14 and place all the equipment on it that they use in serving: the firepans, meat forks, shovels, and basins—all the equipment of the altar.(L) They are to spread a covering made of fine leather over it and insert its poles.[d](M)

15 “Aaron and his sons are to finish covering the holy objects and all their equipment whenever the camp is to move on. The Kohathites will come and carry them, but they are not to touch the holy objects or they will die.(N) These are the transportation duties of the Kohathites regarding the tent of meeting.

16 “Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has oversight of the lamp oil,(O) the fragrant incense,(P) the daily grain offering,(Q) and the anointing oil.(R) He has oversight of the entire tabernacle and everything in it, the holy objects and their utensils.”[e]

17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: 18 “Do not allow the Kohathite tribal clans to be wiped out from the Levites. 19 Do this for them so that they may live and not die when they come near the most holy objects:(S) Aaron and his sons are to go in and assign each man his task and transportation duty. 20 The Kohathites are not to go in and look at the holy objects as they are covered[f] or they will die.”

Duties of the Gershonites

21 The Lord spoke to Moses: 22 “Take a census of the Gershonites(T) also, by their ancestral families and their clans. 23 Register men from thirty years old to fifty years old, everyone who is qualified to perform service, to do work at the tent of meeting. 24 This is the service of the Gershonite clans regarding work and transportation duties: 25 They are to transport the tabernacle curtains,(U) the tent of meeting with its covering and the covering made of fine leather on top of it, the screen for the entrance to the tent of meeting, 26 the hangings of the courtyard, the screen for the entrance at the gate of the courtyard that surrounds the tabernacle and the altar, along with their ropes and all the equipment for their service. They will carry out everything that needs to be done with these items.

27 “All the service of the Gershonites, all their transportation duties and all their other work, is to be done at the command of Aaron and his sons; you are to assign to them all that they are responsible to carry. 28 This is the service of the Gershonite clans at the tent of meeting, and their duties will be under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.(V)

Duties of the Merarites

29 “As for the Merarites, you are to register them by their clans(W) and their ancestral families. 30 Register men from thirty years old to fifty years old, everyone who is qualified to do the work of the tent of meeting. 31 This is what they are responsible to carry as the whole of their service at the tent of meeting: the supports of the tabernacle, with its crossbars, pillars, and bases, 32 the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tent pegs, and ropes, including all their equipment and all the work related to them. You are to assign by name the items that they are responsible to carry. 33 This is the service of the Merarite clans regarding all their work at the tent of meeting, under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.”

Census of the Levites

34 So Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of the community registered the Kohathites by their clans and their ancestral families, 35 men from thirty years old to fifty years old, everyone who was qualified for work at the tent of meeting. 36 The men registered by their clans numbered 2,750. 37 These were the registered men of the Kohathite clans, everyone who could serve at the tent of meeting. Moses and Aaron registered them at the Lord’s command through Moses.

38 The Gershonites were registered by their clans and their ancestral families, 39 men from thirty years old to fifty years old, everyone who was qualified for work at the tent of meeting. 40 The men registered by their clans and their ancestral families numbered 2,630. 41 These were the registered men of the Gershonite clans. At the Lord’s command Moses and Aaron registered everyone who could serve at the tent of meeting.

42 The men of the Merarite clans were registered by their clans and their ancestral families, 43 those from thirty years old to fifty years old, everyone who was qualified for work at the tent of meeting. 44 The men registered by their clans numbered 3,200. 45 These were the registered men of the Merarite clans; Moses and Aaron registered them at the Lord’s command through Moses.

46 Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of Israel registered all the Levites by their clans and their ancestral families, 47 from thirty years old to fifty years old, everyone who was qualified to do the work of serving at the tent of meeting and transporting it. 48 Their registered men numbered 8,580. 49 At the Lord’s command they were registered under the direction of Moses, each one according to his work and transportation duty, and his assignment was as the Lord commanded Moses.

Isolation of the Unclean

The Lord instructed Moses, “Command the Israelites to send away anyone from the camp who is afflicted with a skin disease,(X) anyone who has a discharge,(Y) or anyone who is defiled because of a corpse.(Z) Send away both male or female; send them outside the camp, so that they will not defile their camps where I dwell among them.” The Israelites did this, sending them outside the camp. The Israelites did as the Lord instructed Moses.

Compensation for Wrongdoing

The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites: When a man or woman commits any sin against another, that person acts unfaithfully toward the Lord(AA) and is guilty.(AB) The person is to confess(AC) the sin he has committed. He is to pay full compensation, add a fifth of its value to it, and give it to the individual he has wronged.(AD) But if that individual has no relative(AE) to receive compensation, the compensation goes to the Lord for the priest, along with the atonement ram by which the priest will make atonement for the guilty person.(AF) Every holy contribution the Israelites present to the priest will be his.(AG) 10 Each one’s holy contribution is his to give; what each one gives to the priest will be his.”

The Jealousy Ritual

11 The Lord spoke to Moses: 12 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: If any man’s wife goes astray, is unfaithful to him, 13 and sleeps with another,[g] but it is concealed from her husband, and she is undetected, even though she has defiled herself, since there is no witness against her, and she wasn’t caught in the act; 14 and if a feeling of jealousy(AH) comes over the husband and he becomes jealous because of his wife who has defiled herself—or if a feeling of jealousy comes over him and he becomes jealous of her though she has not defiled herself— 15 then the man is to bring his wife to the priest. He is also to bring an offering for her of two quarts[h] of barley flour. He is not to pour oil over it or put frankincense on it because it is a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering for remembrance to draw attention to guilt.

16 “The priest is to bring her forward and have her stand before the Lord. 17 Then the priest is to take holy water in a clay bowl, take some of the dust from the tabernacle floor, and put it in the water. 18 After the priest has the woman stand before the Lord, he is to let down her hair[i] and place in her hands the grain offering for remembrance, which is the grain offering of jealousy. The priest is to hold the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 The priest will require the woman to take an oath and will say to her, ‘If no man has slept with you, if you have not gone astray and become defiled while under your husband’s authority, be unaffected by this bitter water that brings a curse. 20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, if you have defiled yourself and a man other than your husband has slept with you’— 21 at this point the priest will make the woman take the oath with the sworn curse, and he is to say to her—‘May the Lord make you into an object of your people’s cursing and swearing when he makes your womb[j] shrivel and your belly swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your stomach, causing your belly to swell and your womb to shrivel.’

“And the woman will reply, ‘Amen, Amen.’

23 “Then the priest is to write these curses on a scroll and wash them off into the bitter water. 24 He will require the woman to drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and it will enter her to cause bitter suffering. 25 The priest is to take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman, present the offering before the Lord, and bring it to the altar. 26 The priest is to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial portion(AI) and burn it on the altar. Afterward, he will require the woman to drink the water.

27 “When he makes her drink the water, if she has defiled herself and been unfaithful to her husband, the water that brings a curse will enter her to cause bitter suffering; her belly will swell, and her womb will shrivel. She will become a curse among her people. 28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is pure, she will be unaffected and will be able to conceive children.

29 “This is the law regarding jealousy when a wife goes astray and defiles herself while under her husband’s authority, 30 or when a feeling of jealousy comes over a husband and he becomes jealous of his wife. He is to have the woman stand before the Lord, and the priest will carry out all these instructions for her. 31 The husband will be free of guilt, but that woman will bear her iniquity.”

Footnotes:

  1. 4:2 Lit the house of their fathers, also in vv. 22,29,34,38,40,42,46
  2. 4:3 Lit everyone entering the service
  3. 4:6 Hb obscure, also in vv. 8,10,11,12,14,25
  4. 4:14 Sam, LXX add They are to take a purple cloth and cover the wash basin and its base. They are to place them in a covering made of fine leather and put them on the carrying frame.
  5. 4:16 Or the sanctuary and its furnishings
  6. 4:20 Or objects, even long enough to swallow,
  7. 5:13 Lit and man lies with her and has an emission of semen
  8. 5:15 Lit a tenth of an ephah
  9. 5:18 Or to uncover her head
  10. 5:21 Lit thigh, also in vv. 22,27
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Mark 12:18-37

The Sadducees and the Resurrection

18 Sadducees,(A) who say there is no resurrection,(B) came to him and questioned him: 19 “Teacher,(C) Moses(D) wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife behind but no child,(E) that man should take the wife(F) and raise up offspring for his brother.[a](G) 20 There were seven brothers. The first married a woman, and dying, left no offspring. 21 The second also took her, and he died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 None of the seven[b] left offspring. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise,[c] whose wife will she be, since the seven had married her?”

24 Jesus spoke to them, “Isn’t this the reason why you’re mistaken: you don’t know the Scriptures(H) or the power(I) of God?(J) 25 For when they rise(K) from the dead,(L) they neither marry nor are given in marriage(M) but are like angels(N) in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised—haven’t you read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God said to him: I(O) am the God of Abraham(P) and the God of Isaac(Q) and the God of Jacob?[d](R) 27 He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly mistaken.”

The Primary Commands

28 One(S) of the scribes(T) approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which command is the most important of all?”

29 Jesus answered, “The most important[e] is Listen, Israel! The Lord(U) our God, the Lord(V) is one.[f] 30 Love(W) the Lord your God(X) with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,(Y) and with all your strength.[g][h](Z) 31 The second is, Love your neighbor(AA) as yourself.[i](AB) There is no other command(AC) greater than these.”

32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, teacher. You have correctly said that he is one, and there is no one(AD) else except him.(AE) 33 And to love(AF) him with all your heart, with all your understanding,[j] and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”(AG)

34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”(AH) And no one dared(AI) to question him any longer.

The Question about the Messiah

35 While(AJ) Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked,(AK) “How can the scribes(AL) say that the Messiah(AM) is the son of David?(AN) 36 David(AO) himself says by the Holy Spirit: (AP)

The Lord(AQ) declared to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand(AR)
until I put your enemies under your feet.’[k](AS)

37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How, then, can he be his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:19 Gn 38:8; Dt 25:5
  2. 12:22 Other mss add had taken her and
  3. 12:23 Other mss omit when they rise
  4. 12:26 Ex 3:6,15–16
  5. 12:29 Other mss add of all the commands
  6. 12:29 Or the Lord our God is Lord alone.
  7. 12:30 Other mss add This is the first commandment.
  8. 12:30 Dt 6:4–5; Jos 22:5
  9. 12:31 Lv 19:18
  10. 12:33 Other mss add with all your soul
  11. 12:36 Ps 110:1
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Psalm 48

Psalm 48

Zion Exalted

A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

The Lord is great and highly praised
in the city of our God.(A)
His holy mountain, rising splendidly,
is the joy of the whole earth.
Mount Zion—the summit of Zaphon—
is the city of the great King.(B)
God is known as a stronghold
in its citadels.(C)

Look! The kings assembled;
they advanced together.(D)
They looked and froze with fear;
they fled in terror.(E)
Trembling seized them there,
agony like that of a woman in labor,(F)
as you wrecked the ships of Tarshish
with the east wind.(G)

Just as we heard, so we have seen
in the city of the Lord of Armies,
in the city of our God;
God will establish it forever.(H)Selah

God, within your temple,
we contemplate your faithful love.(I)
10 Like your name, God, so your praise
reaches to the ends of the earth;(J)
your right hand is filled with justice.(K)
11 Mount Zion is glad.
Judah’s villages[a] rejoice
because of your judgments.(L)

12 Go around Zion, encircle it;
count its towers,
13 note its ramparts; tour its citadels
so that you can tell a future generation:(M)
14 “This God, our God forever and ever—
he will always lead us.”[b](N)

Footnotes:

  1. 48:11 Lit daughters
  2. 48:14 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read over death
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Proverbs 10:26

26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,(A)
so the slacker is to the one who sends him on an errand.

Cross references:

  1. 10:26 : Pr 26:6
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday March 4, 2024 (NIV)

Numbers 2-3

Organization of the Camps

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: “The Israelites are to camp under their respective banners beside the flags of their ancestral families.[a] They are to camp around the tent of meeting at a distance from it:

Judah’s military divisions(A) will camp on the east side toward the sunrise under their banner. The leader of the descendants of Judah is Nahshon(B) son of Amminadab. His military division numbers 74,600. The tribe of Issachar will camp next to it. The leader of the Issacharites is Nethanel son of Zuar. His military division numbers 54,400. The tribe of Zebulun will be next. The leader of the Zebulunites is Eliab son of Helon. His military division numbers 57,400. The total number in their military divisions who belong to Judah’s encampment is 186,400; they will move out first.

10 Reuben’s military divisions will camp on the south side under their banner. The leader of the Reubenites is Elizur son of Shedeur. 11 His military division numbers 46,500. 12 The tribe of Simeon will camp next to it. The leader of the Simeonites is Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 13 His military division numbers 59,300. 14 The tribe of Gad will be next. The leader of the Gadites is Eliasaph son of Deuel.[b] 15 His military division numbers 45,650. 16 The total number in their military divisions who belong to Reuben’s encampment is 151,450; they will move out second.

17 The tent of meeting is to move out with the Levites’ camp, which is in the middle of the camps. They are to move out just as they camp, each in his place,[c] with their banners.

18 Ephraim’s military divisions will camp on the west side under their banner. The leader of the Ephraimites is Elishama son of Ammihud. 19 His military division numbers 40,500. 20 The tribe of Manasseh will be next to it. The leader of the Manassites is Gamaliel son of Pedahzur. 21 His military division numbers 32,200. 22 The tribe of Benjamin will be next. The leader of the Benjaminites is Abidan son of Gideoni. 23 His military division numbers 35,400. 24 The total in their military divisions who belong to Ephraim’s encampment number 108,100; they will move out third.

25 Dan’s military divisions will camp on the north side under their banner. The leader of the Danites is Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 26 His military division numbers 62,700. 27 The tribe of Asher will camp next to it. The leader of the Asherites is Pagiel son of Ochran. 28 His military division numbers 41,500. 29 The tribe of Naphtali will be next. The leader of the Naphtalites is Ahira son of Enan. 30 His military division numbers 53,400. 31 The total number who belong to Dan’s encampment is 157,600; they are to move out last, with their banners.”

32 These are the Israelites registered by their ancestral families. The total number in the camps by their military divisions is 603,550. 33 But the Levites were not registered among the Israelites, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.(C)

34 The Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; they camped by their banners in this way and moved out the same way, each man by his clan and by his ancestral family.[d](D)

Aaron’s Sons and the Levites

These are the family records of Aaron and Moses at the time the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai.(E) These are the names of Aaron’s sons: Nadab, the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. These are the names of Aaron’s sons, the anointed priests, who were ordained to serve as priests. But Nadab and Abihu died in the Lord’s presence when they presented unauthorized fire(F) before the Lord in the Wilderness of Sinai, and they had no sons. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests under the direction of Aaron their father.(G)

The Lord spoke to Moses: “Bring the tribe of Levi near and present them to the priest Aaron to assist him. They are to perform duties for[e] him and the entire community before the tent of meeting by attending to the service of the tabernacle. They are to take care of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting(H) and perform duties for the Israelites by attending to the service of the tabernacle. Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been assigned exclusively to him[f] from the Israelites.(I) 10 You are to appoint Aaron and his sons to carry out their priestly responsibilities, but any unauthorized person who comes near the sanctuary is to be put to death.”(J)

11 The Lord spoke to Moses: 12 “See, I have taken the Levites from the Israelites in place of every firstborn Israelite from the womb.(K) The Levites belong to me, 13 because every firstborn belongs to me. At the time I struck down every firstborn in the land of Egypt,(L) I consecrated every firstborn in Israel to myself, both man and animal. They are mine; I am the Lord.”(M)

The Levitical Census

14 The Lord spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai: 15 “Register the Levites by their ancestral families[g] and their clans. You are to register every male one month old or more.” 16 So Moses registered them in obedience to the Lord as he had been commanded:

17 These were Levi’s sons by name: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 18 These were the names of Gershon’s sons by their clans: Libni and Shimei. 19 Kohath’s sons by their clans were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 20 Merari’s sons by their clans were Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans by their ancestral families.(N)

21 The Libnite clan and the Shimeite clan came from Gershon; these were the Gershonite clans. 22 Those registered, counting every male one month old or more, numbered 7,500. 23 The Gershonite clans camped behind the tabernacle on the west side,(O) 24 and the leader of the Gershonite families[h] was Eliasaph son of Lael. 25 The Gershonites’ duties(P) at the tent of meeting involved the tabernacle, the tent, its covering, the screen for the entrance to the tent of meeting,(Q) 26 the hangings of the courtyard, the screen for the entrance(R) to the courtyard that surrounds the tabernacle and the altar, and the tent ropes—all the work relating to these.

27 The Amramite clan, the Izharite clan, the Hebronite clan, and the Uzzielite clan came from Kohath; these were the Kohathites. 28 Counting every male one month old or more, there were 8,600[i] responsible for the duties of[j] the sanctuary. 29 The clans of the Kohathites camped on the south side of the tabernacle,(S) 30 and the leader of the families of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel. 31 Their duties involved the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the sanctuary utensils that were used with these, and the screen[k](T)—and all the work relating to them.(U) 32 The chief of the Levite leaders was Eleazar(V) son of Aaron the priest; he had oversight of those responsible for the duties of the sanctuary.

33 The Mahlite clan and the Mushite clan came from Merari; these were the Merarite clans. 34 Those registered, counting every male one month old or more, numbered 6,200. 35 The leader of the families of the Merarite clans was Zuriel son of Abihail; they camped on the north side of the tabernacle.(W) 36 The assigned duties of Merari’s descendants involved the tabernacle’s supports, crossbars, pillars, bases, all its equipment, and all the work related to these,(X) 37 in addition to the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tent pegs, and ropes.

38 Moses, Aaron, and his sons, who performed the duties of[l] the sanctuary as a service on behalf of the Israelites, camped in front of the tabernacle on the east,(Y) in front of the tent of meeting toward the sunrise. Any unauthorized person who came near it was to be put to death.(Z)

39 The total number of all the Levite males one month old or more that Moses and Aaron[m] registered by their clans at the Lord’s command was 22,000.

Redemption of the Firstborn

40 The Lord told Moses, “Register every firstborn male of the Israelites(AA) one month old or more, and list their names. 41 You are to take the Levites for me—I am the Lord—in place of every firstborn among the Israelites, and the Levites’ cattle in place of every firstborn among the Israelites’ cattle.” 42 So Moses registered every firstborn among the Israelites, as the Lord commanded him. 43 The total number of the firstborn males one month old or more listed by name was 22,273.

44 The Lord spoke to Moses again: 45 “Take the Levites in place of every firstborn among the Israelites, and the Levites’ cattle in place of their cattle. The Levites belong to me; I am the Lord.(AB) 46 As the redemption price for the 273 firstborn Israelites who outnumber the Levites, 47 collect five shekels for each person, according to the standard sanctuary shekel—twenty gerahs to the shekel.[n](AC) 48 Give the silver to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for those who are in excess among the Israelites.”

49 So Moses collected the redemption amount from those in excess of the ones redeemed by the Levites. 50 He collected the silver from the firstborn Israelites: 1,365 shekels[o] measured by the standard sanctuary shekel. 51 He gave the redemption silver to Aaron and his sons in obedience to the Lord, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:2 Lit the house of their fathers, also in v. 32
  2. 2:14 Some Hb mss, Sam, Vg; other Hb mss read Reuel
  3. 2:17 Lit each on his hand
  4. 2:34 Lit the house of his fathers
  5. 3:7 Or to guard, also in v. 8
  6. 3:9 Some Hb mss, LXX, Sam read me; Nm 8:16
  7. 3:15 Lit the house of their fathers, also in v. 20
  8. 3:24 Lit a father’s house, also in vv. 30,35
  9. 3:28 LXX reads 8,300
  10. 3:28 Or for guarding, also in v. 32
  11. 3:31 The screen between the most holy place and the holy place; Ex 35:12
  12. 3:38 Or who guarded
  13. 3:39 Some Hb mss, Sam, Syr omit and Aaron
  14. 3:47 A shekel is about two-fifths of an ounce of silver
  15. 3:50 Over 34 pounds of silver
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Mark 11:27-12:17

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

27 They(A) came again to Jerusalem.(B) As he was walking in the temple,(C) the chief priests, the scribes,(D) and the elders(E) came 28 and asked him, “By what authority(F) are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do these things?”

29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question;(G) then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was John’s baptism(H) from heaven or of human origin? Answer me.”

31 They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe(I) him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’”—they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was truly a prophet.(J) 33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The Parable of the Vineyard Owner

12 He(K) began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard,(L) put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away. At harvest time he sent(M) a servant(N) to the farmers to collect some of the fruit(O) of the vineyard from them. But they took him, beat(P) him, and sent him away empty-handed.(Q) Again he sent another servant to them, and they[a] hit him on the head and treated him shamefully.[b] Then he sent another, and they killed that one. He also sent many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He still had one to send, a beloved(R) son. Finally(S) he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenant farmers said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner[c](T) of the vineyard do? He will come and kill the farmers and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this Scripture:(U)

The(V) stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.(W)
11 This came about from the Lord(X)
and is wonderful in our eyes?”[d]

12 They were looking for a way to arrest him but feared the crowd because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. So they left him and went away.

God and Caesar

13 Then(Y) they sent some of the Pharisees(Z) and the Herodians(AA) to Jesus to trap him in his words.(AB) 14 When they came, they said to him, “Teacher, we know you are truthful and don’t care what anyone thinks, nor do you show partiality(AC) but teach the way of God truthfully. Is it lawful to pay taxes(AD) to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

15 But knowing their hypocrisy,(AE) he said to them, “Why are you testing(AF) me? Bring me a denarius[e](AG) to look at.” 16 They brought a coin. “Whose image(AH) and inscription(AI) is this?” he asked them.

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Jesus told them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”(AJ) And they were utterly amazed(AK) at him.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:4 Other mss add threw stones and
  2. 12:4 Other mss add and sent him off
  3. 12:9 Or lord
  4. 12:10–11 Ps 118:22–23
  5. 12:15 A denarius = one day’s wage
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Psalm 47

Psalm 47

God Our King

For the choir director. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

Clap your hands, all you peoples;(A)
shout to God with a jubilant cry.(B)
For the Lord, the Most High, is awe-inspiring,
a great King over the whole earth.(C)
He subdues peoples under us
and nations under our feet.(D)
He chooses for us our inheritance—
the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.(E)Selah

God ascends among shouts of joy,
the Lord, with the sound of a ram’s horn.(F)
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
sing praise to our King, sing praise!(G)
Sing a song of wisdom,[a]
for God is King of the whole earth.(H)

God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.(I)
The nobles of the peoples have assembled
with the people of the God of Abraham.(J)
For the leaders[b] of the earth belong to God;
he is greatly exalted.(K)

Footnotes:

  1. 47:7 Or Sing a maskil
  2. 47:9 Lit shields
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Proverbs 10:24-25

24 What the wicked dreads will come to him,(A)
but what the righteous desire will be given to them.(B)

25 When the whirlwind passes,
the wicked are no more,(C)
but the righteous are secure forever.(D)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday March 3, 2024 (NIV)

Leviticus 27:14 - Numbers 1:54

14 “When a man consecrates his house as holy to the Lord, the priest will assess its value, whether high or low. The price will stand just as the priest assesses it. 15 But if the one who consecrated his house redeems it, he must add a fifth to the assessed value, and it will be his.(A)

16 “If a man consecrates to the Lord any part of a field that he possesses, your assessment of value will be proportional to the seed needed to sow it, at the rate of fifty silver shekels for every six bushels[a] of barley seed.[b] 17 If he consecrates his field during the Year of Jubilee,(B) the price will stand according to your assessment. 18 But if he consecrates his field after the Jubilee, the priest will calculate the price for him in proportion to the years left until the next Year of Jubilee, so that your assessment will be reduced. 19 If the one who consecrated the field decides to redeem it, he must add a fifth to the assessed value, and the field will transfer back to him. 20 But if he does not redeem the field or if he has sold it to another man, it is no longer redeemable. 21 When the field is released in the Jubilee, it will be holy to the Lord like a field permanently set apart; it becomes the priest’s property.

22 “If a person consecrates to the Lord a field he has purchased that is not part of his inherited landholding, 23 then the priest will calculate for him the amount of the assessment up to the Year of Jubilee, and the person will pay the assessed value on that day as a holy offering to the Lord. 24 In the Year of Jubilee the field will return to the one he bought it from,(C) the original owner. 25 All your assessed values will be measured by the standard sanctuary shekel,[c] twenty gerahs to the shekel.(D)

26 “But no one can consecrate a firstborn of the livestock, whether an animal from the herd or flock, to the Lord, because a firstborn already belongs to the Lord.(E) 27 If it is one of the unclean livestock, it can be ransomed according to your assessment by adding a fifth of its value to it. If it is not redeemed, it can be sold according to your assessment.(F)

28 “Nothing that a man permanently sets apart to the Lord from all he owns, whether a person, an animal, or his inherited landholding, can be sold or redeemed; everything set apart is especially holy to the Lord. 29 No person who has been set apart for destruction is to be ransomed; he must be put to death.(G)

30 “Every tenth of the land’s produce, grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord;(H) it is holy to the Lord. 31 If a man decides to redeem any part of this tenth, he must add a fifth to its value. 32 Every tenth animal from the herd or flock, which passes under the shepherd’s rod,(I) will be holy to the Lord. 33 He is not to inspect whether it is good or bad, and he is not to make a substitution for it. But if he does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute will be holy;(J) they cannot be redeemed.”(K)

34 These are the commands the Lord gave Moses for the Israelites on Mount Sinai.(L)

The Census of Israel

The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting(M) in the Wilderness of Sinai,(N) on the first day of the second month of the second year(O) after Israel’s departure from the land of Egypt: “Take a census(P) of the entire Israelite community by their clans and their ancestral families,[d] counting the names of every male one by one. You and Aaron are to register those who are twenty years old or more by their military divisions—everyone who can serve in Israel’s army.[e](Q) A man from each tribe is to be with you, each one the head of his ancestral family.[f](R) These are the names of the men who are to assist you:(S)

Elizur son of Shedeur from Reuben;

Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai from Simeon;

Nahshon son of Amminadab from Judah;

Nethanel son of Zuar from Issachar;

Eliab son of Helon from Zebulun;

10 from the sons of Joseph:

Elishama son of Ammihud from Ephraim,

Gamaliel son of Pedahzur from Manasseh;

11 Abidan son of Gideoni from Benjamin;

12 Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai from Dan;

13 Pagiel son of Ochran from Asher;

14 Eliasaph son of Deuel[g] from Gad;

15 Ahira son of Enan from Naphtali.

16 These are the men called from the community; they are leaders of their ancestral tribes,(T) the heads of Israel’s clans.”(U)

17 So Moses and Aaron took these men who had been designated by name,(V) 18 and they assembled the whole community on the first day of the second month. They recorded their ancestry by their clans and their ancestral families, counting one by one the names of those twenty years old or more, 19 just as the Lord commanded Moses. He registered them in the Wilderness of Sinai:

20 The descendants of Reuben,(W) the firstborn of Israel: according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting one by one the names of every male twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 21 those registered for the tribe of Reuben numbered 46,500.

22 The descendants of Simeon:(X) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, those registered counting one by one the names of every male twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 23 those registered for the tribe of Simeon numbered 59,300.

24 The descendants of Gad:(Y) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 25 those registered for the tribe of Gad numbered 45,650.

26 The descendants of Judah:(Z) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 27 those registered for the tribe of Judah numbered 74,600.

28 The descendants of Issachar:(AA) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 29 those registered for the tribe of Issachar numbered 54,400.

30 The descendants of Zebulun:(AB) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 31 those registered for the tribe of Zebulun numbered 57,400.

32 The descendants of Joseph:(AC)

The descendants of Ephraim:(AD) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 33 those registered for the tribe of Ephraim numbered 40,500.

34 The descendants of Manasseh:(AE) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 35 those registered for the tribe of Manasseh numbered 32,200.

36 The descendants of Benjamin:(AF) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 37 those registered for the tribe of Benjamin numbered 35,400.

38 The descendants of Dan:(AG) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 39 those registered for the tribe of Dan numbered 62,700.

40 The descendants of Asher:(AH) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 41 those registered for the tribe of Asher numbered 41,500.

42 The descendants of Naphtali:(AI) according to their family records by their clans and their ancestral families, counting the names of those twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in the army, 43 those registered for the tribe of Naphtali numbered 53,400.

44 These are the men Moses and Aaron registered, with the assistance of the twelve leaders of Israel; each represented his ancestral family. 45 So all the Israelites twenty years old or more, everyone who could serve in Israel’s army, were registered by their ancestral families. 46 All those registered numbered 603,550.(AJ)

Duties of the Levites

47 But the Levites(AK) were not registered with them by their ancestral tribe. 48 For the Lord had told Moses, 49 “Do not register or take a census of the tribe of Levi with the other Israelites. 50 Appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, all its furnishings, and everything in it. They are to transport the tabernacle and all its articles, take care of it, and camp around it. 51 Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites are to take it down, and whenever it is to stop at a campsite, the Levites are to set it up. Any unauthorized(AL) person who comes near it is to be put to death.(AM)

52 “The Israelites are to camp by their military divisions, each man with his encampment and under his banner. 53 The Levites are to camp around the tabernacle of the testimony and watch over it, so that no wrath will fall on the Israelite community.”(AN) 54 The Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.(AO)

Footnotes:

  1. 27:16 Lit for a homer
  2. 27:16 Or grain
  3. 27:25 A shekel is about two-fifths of an ounce of silver
  4. 1:2 Lit the house of their fathers, also in vv. 18,20,22,24,26,28,30,32,34,36,38,40,42,45
  5. 1:3 Lit everyone going out to war in Israel
  6. 1:4 Lit the house of his fathers, also in v. 44
  7. 1:14 LXX, Syr read Reuel
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Mark 11:1-25

The Triumphal Entry

11 When(A) they approached Jerusalem,(B) at Bethphage and Bethany(C) near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’”

So they went and found a colt outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They answered them just as Jesus had said; so they let them go.

They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and he sat on it. Many people spread their clothes on the road,(D) and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields.[a] Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted:

Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes
in the name(E) of the Lord![b](F)
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom(G)
of our father David!(H)
Hosanna(I) in the highest heaven!

11 He went into Jerusalem(J) and into the temple.(K) After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany(L) with the Twelve.

The Barren Fig Tree Is Cursed

12 The(M) next day when they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig(N) tree with leaves, he went to find out if there was anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit(O) from you again!”(P) And his disciples(Q) heard it.

Cleansing the Temple

15 They came to Jerusalem,(R) and he went into the temple(S) and began to throw out those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers(T) and the chairs of those selling doves, 16 and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple. 17 He was teaching them: “Is it not written,(U) My house(V) will be called a house of prayer(W) for all nations?[c] But you have made it a den of thieves!”[d](X)

18 The chief priests and the scribes(Y) heard it and started looking for a way to kill him. For they were afraid(Z) of him, because the whole crowd was astonished by his teaching.

19 Whenever evening came, they would go out of the city.

The Barren Fig Tree Is Withered

20 Early(AA) in the morning, as they were passing by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Then Peter(AB) remembered and said to him, “Rabbi,(AC) look! The fig tree that you cursed(AD) has withered.”

22 Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God.(AE) 23 Truly I tell you,(AF) if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt(AG) in his heart, but believes(AH) that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.(AI) 24 Therefore I tell you, everything you pray(AJ) and ask for(AK)believe that you have received[e](AL) it and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand(AM) praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive(AN) him, so that your Father(AO) in heaven(AP) will also forgive(AQ) you your wrongdoing.”[f]

Footnotes:

  1. 11:8 Other mss read others were cutting leafy branches from the trees and spreading them on the road
  2. 11:9 Ps 118:26
  3. 11:17 Is 56:7
  4. 11:17 Jr 7:11
  5. 11:24 Some mss read you receive; other mss read you will receive
  6. 11:25 Some mss include v. 26: “But if you don’t forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your wrongdoing.”
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Psalm 46

Psalm 46

God Our Refuge

For the choir director. A song of the sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.(A)

God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found
in times of trouble.(B)
Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,(C)
though its water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.(D)Selah

There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.(E)
God is within her; she will not be toppled.
God will help her when the morning dawns.(F)
Nations rage, kingdoms topple;
the earth melts when he lifts his voice.(G)
The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.(H)Selah

Come, see the works of the Lord,
who brings devastation on the earth.(I)
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
he sets wagons ablaze.(J)
10 “Stop fighting, and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”(K)
11 The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.(L)Selah

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Proverbs 10:23

23 As shameful conduct is pleasure for a fool,(A)
so wisdom is for a person of understanding.

Cross references:

  1. 10:23 : Pr 2:14; 15:21
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday March 2, 2024 (NIV)

Leviticus 25:47-27:13

47 “‘If a foreigner residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves(A) to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner’s clan, 48 they retain the right of redemption(B) after they have sold themselves. One of their relatives(C) may redeem them: 49 An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in their clan may redeem them. Or if they prosper,(D) they may redeem themselves. 50 They and their buyer are to count the time from the year they sold themselves up to the Year of Jubilee.(E) The price for their release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired worker(F) for that number of years. 51 If many years remain, they must pay for their redemption a larger share of the price paid for them. 52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they are to compute that and pay for their redemption accordingly.(G) 53 They are to be treated as workers hired from year to year; you must see to it that those to whom they owe service do not rule over them ruthlessly.(H)

54 “‘Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, 55 for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt.(I) I am the Lord your God.(J)

Reward for Obedience

26 “‘Do not make idols(K) or set up an image(L) or a sacred stone(M) for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone(N) in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.

“‘Observe my Sabbaths(O) and have reverence for my sanctuary.(P) I am the Lord.

“‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey(Q) my commands, I will send you rain(R) in its season,(S) and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.(T) Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want(U) and live in safety in your land.(V)

“‘I will grant peace in the land,(W) and you will lie down(X) and no one will make you afraid.(Y) I will remove wild beasts(Z) from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies,(AA) and they will fall by the sword before you. Five(AB) of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.(AC)

“‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers,(AD) and I will keep my covenant(AE) with you. 10 You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.(AF) 11 I will put my dwelling place[a](AG) among you, and I will not abhor you.(AH) 12 I will walk(AI) among you and be your God,(AJ) and you will be my people.(AK) 13 I am the Lord your God,(AL) who brought you out of Egypt(AM) so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke(AN) and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

Punishment for Disobedience

14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,(AO) 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws(AP) and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,(AQ) 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever(AR) that will destroy your sight and sap your strength.(AS) You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.(AT) 17 I will set my face(AU) against you so that you will be defeated(AV) by your enemies;(AW) those who hate you will rule over you,(AX) and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.(AY)

18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me,(AZ) I will punish(BA) you for your sins seven times over.(BB) 19 I will break down your stubborn pride(BC) and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.(BD) 20 Your strength will be spent in vain,(BE) because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit.(BF)

21 “‘If you remain hostile(BG) toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over,(BH) as your sins deserve. 22 I will send wild animals(BI) against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few(BJ) in number that your roads will be deserted.(BK)

23 “‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction(BL) but continue to be hostile toward me, 24 I myself will be hostile(BM) toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over. 25 And I will bring the sword(BN) on you to avenge(BO) the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague(BP) among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. 26 When I cut off your supply of bread,(BQ) ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.

27 “‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me(BR) but continue to be hostile toward me, 28 then in my anger(BS) I will be hostile(BT) toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.(BU) 29 You will eat(BV) the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.(BW) 30 I will destroy your high places,(BX) cut down your incense altars(BY) and pile your dead bodies[b] on the lifeless forms of your idols,(BZ) and I will abhor(CA) you. 31 I will turn your cities into ruins(CB) and lay waste(CC) your sanctuaries,(CD) and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.(CE) 32 I myself will lay waste the land,(CF) so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.(CG) 33 I will scatter(CH) you among the nations(CI) and will draw out my sword(CJ) and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste,(CK) and your cities will lie in ruins.(CL) 34 Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate(CM) and you are in the country of your enemies;(CN) then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. 35 All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest(CO) it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.

36 “‘As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf(CP) will put them to flight.(CQ) They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them.(CR) 37 They will stumble over one another(CS) as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.(CT) 38 You will perish(CU) among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you.(CV) 39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their ancestors’(CW) sins they will waste away.(CX)

40 “‘But if they will confess(CY) their sins(CZ) and the sins of their ancestors(DA)—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me, 41 which made me hostile(DB) toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts(DC) are humbled(DD) and they pay(DE) for their sin, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob(DF) and my covenant with Isaac(DG) and my covenant with Abraham,(DH) and I will remember the land. 43 For the land will be deserted(DI) by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected(DJ) my laws and abhorred my decrees.(DK) 44 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies,(DL) I will not reject them or abhor(DM) them so as to destroy them completely,(DN) breaking my covenant(DO) with them. I am the Lord their God. 45 But for their sake I will remember(DP) the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt(DQ) in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’”

46 These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the Lord established at Mount Sinai(DR) between himself and the Israelites through Moses.(DS)

Redeeming What Is the Lord’s

27 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If anyone makes a special vow(DT) to dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value, set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels[c] of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel[d];(DU) for a female, set her value at thirty shekels[e]; for a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekels[f](DV) and of a female at ten shekels[g]; for a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels[h](DW) of silver and that of a female at three shekels[i] of silver; for a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekels[j] and of a female at ten shekels. If anyone making the vow is too poor to pay(DX) the specified amount, the person being dedicated is to be presented to the priest, who will set the value(DY) according to what the one making the vow can afford.

“‘If what they vowed is an animal that is acceptable as an offering to the Lord,(DZ) such an animal given to the Lord becomes holy.(EA) 10 They must not exchange it or substitute a good one for a bad one, or a bad one for a good one;(EB) if they should substitute one animal for another, both it and the substitute become holy. 11 If what they vowed is a ceremonially unclean animal(EC)—one that is not acceptable as an offering to the Lord—the animal must be presented to the priest, 12 who will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, that is what it will be. 13 If the owner wishes to redeem(ED) the animal, a fifth must be added to its value.(EE)

Footnotes:

  1. Leviticus 26:11 Or my tabernacle
  2. Leviticus 26:30 Or your funeral offerings
  3. Leviticus 27:3 That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams; also in verse 16
  4. Leviticus 27:3 That is, about 2/5 ounce or about 12 grams; also in verse 25
  5. Leviticus 27:4 That is, about 12 ounces or about 345 grams
  6. Leviticus 27:5 That is, about 8 ounces or about 230 grams
  7. Leviticus 27:5 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams; also in verse 7
  8. Leviticus 27:6 That is, about 2 ounces or about 58 grams
  9. Leviticus 27:6 That is, about 1 1/4 ounces or about 35 grams
  10. Leviticus 27:7 That is, about 6 ounces or about 175 grams

Cross references:

  1. Leviticus 25:47 : Ne 5:5; Job 24:9
  2. Leviticus 25:48 : S ver 24
  3. Leviticus 25:48 : S ver 25
  4. Leviticus 25:49 : ver 26
  5. Leviticus 25:50 : S ver 10
  6. Leviticus 25:50 : Job 7:1; 14:6; Isa 16:14; 21:16
  7. Leviticus 25:52 : S ver 16
  8. Leviticus 25:53 : Col 4:1
  9. Leviticus 25:55 : S Lev 11:45
  10. Leviticus 25:55 : Lev 11:44
  11. Leviticus 26:1 : S Ex 20:4
  12. Leviticus 26:1 : Ps 97:7; Isa 48:5; Jer 44:19; Hab 2:18
  13. Leviticus 26:1 : S Ex 23:24
  14. Leviticus 26:1 : Nu 33:52
  15. Leviticus 26:2 : S Ex 20:8
  16. Leviticus 26:2 : Lev 19:30
  17. Leviticus 26:3 : S Ge 26:5; S Ex 24:8; Dt 6:17; 7:12; 11:13, 22; 28:1, 9
  18. Leviticus 26:4 : Dt 11:14; 28:12; Ps 68:9; Jer 5:24; Hos 6:3; Joel 2:23; Zec 10:1
  19. Leviticus 26:4 : Job 5:10; Ps 65:9; 104:13; 147:8; Jer 5:24
  20. Leviticus 26:4 : S Ex 23:26; S Lev 25:19; S Job 14:9; Ps 67:6
  21. Leviticus 26:5 : Dt 6:11; 11:15; Eze 36:29-30; Joel 2:19, 26
  22. Leviticus 26:5 : S Lev 25:18
  23. Leviticus 26:6 : Ps 29:11; 37:11; 85:8; 147:14; Isa 26:3; 54:13; 60:18; Hag 2:9
  24. Leviticus 26:6 : Ps 3:5; 4:8; Pr 3:24
  25. Leviticus 26:6 : Job 11:18, 19; Isa 17:2; Jer 30:10; Mic 4:4; Zep 3:13
  26. Leviticus 26:6 : S ver 22; S Ge 37:20
  27. Leviticus 26:7 : Ps 18:37; 44:5
  28. Leviticus 26:8 : Isa 30:17
  29. Leviticus 26:8 : Dt 28:7; 32:30; Jos 23:10; Jdg 15:15; 1Ch 12:14
  30. Leviticus 26:9 : S Ge 1:22; S 17:6; Ne 9:23
  31. Leviticus 26:9 : S Ge 17:7
  32. Leviticus 26:10 : Lev 25:22
  33. Leviticus 26:11 : Ex 25:8; Ps 74:7; 76:2; Eze 37:27
  34. Leviticus 26:11 : ver 15, 43, 44; Dt 31:6; 1Sa 12:22; 1Ki 6:13; 2Ki 17:15
  35. Leviticus 26:12 : S Ge 3:8
  36. Leviticus 26:12 : S Ge 17:7
  37. Leviticus 26:12 : Ex 6:7; Jer 7:23; 11:4; 24:7; 30:22; 31:1; Zec 13:9; 2Co 6:16*
  38. Leviticus 26:13 : Lev 11:44
  39. Leviticus 26:13 : S Ex 6:6; S 13:3
  40. Leviticus 26:13 : Isa 10:27; Jer 2:20; 27:2; 28:10; 30:8; Eze 30:18; 34:27; Hos 11:4
  41. Leviticus 26:14 : Dt 28:15-68; Mal 2:2
  42. Leviticus 26:15 : S ver 11
  43. Leviticus 26:15 : S Ge 17:7
  44. Leviticus 26:16 : Dt 28:22, 35; Ps 78:33
  45. Leviticus 26:16 : ver 39; 1Sa 2:33; Ps 107:17; Eze 4:17; 24:23; 33:10
  46. Leviticus 26:16 : Jdg 6:3-6; Job 31:8
  47. Leviticus 26:17 : Lev 17:10; Eze 15:7
  48. Leviticus 26:17 : Dt 28:48; Jos 7:12; Jdg 2:15; 1Ki 8:33; 2Ch 6:24
  49. Leviticus 26:17 : Jos 7:4; Jer 19:7; 21:7
  50. Leviticus 26:17 : Ps 106:41
  51. Leviticus 26:17 : ver 36, 37; Dt 28:7, 25; Ps 53:5; Pr 28:1; Isa 30:17
  52. Leviticus 26:18 : ver 14
  53. Leviticus 26:18 : Ps 99:8; Jer 21:14; Am 3:14
  54. Leviticus 26:18 : ver 21
  55. Leviticus 26:19 : Ps 10:4; 73:6; Isa 16:6; 25:11; 28:1-3; Jer 13:9; 48:29; Eze 24:21; Am 6:8; Zep 3:11
  56. Leviticus 26:19 : Dt 28:23; Job 38:38
  57. Leviticus 26:20 : Dt 28:38; Ps 127:1; Isa 17:11; 49:4; Jer 12:13; Mic 6:15; Hag 1:6
  58. Leviticus 26:20 : Dt 11:17; 28:24
  59. Leviticus 26:21 : ver 41
  60. Leviticus 26:21 : ver 18; S Ge 4:15
  61. Leviticus 26:22 : S Ge 37:20
  62. Leviticus 26:22 : Dt 28:62; Jer 42:2
  63. Leviticus 26:22 : Jer 5:6; 14:16; 15:3; 16:4; Eze 14:15
  64. Leviticus 26:23 : Jer 2:30; 5:3; 7:28; 17:23; 32:33; Zep 3:2
  65. Leviticus 26:24 : 2Sa 22:27
  66. Leviticus 26:25 : Jer 5:17; 15:3; 47:6; Eze 11:8; 14:17; 21:4; 33:2
  67. Leviticus 26:25 : Jer 50:28; 51:6, 11
  68. Leviticus 26:25 : S Ex 5:3; S 9:3; Nu 16:46; 1Ki 8:37; Hab 3:5
  69. Leviticus 26:26 : 1Ki 8:37; 18:2; 2Ki 4:38; 6:25; 8:1; 25:3; Ps 105:16; Isa 3:1; 9:20; Jer 37:21; 52:6; Eze 4:16, 17; 5:16; 14:13; Hos 4:10; Mic 6:14
  70. Leviticus 26:27 : ver 14
  71. Leviticus 26:28 : Dt 32:19; Jdg 2:14; Ps 78:59; 106:40
  72. Leviticus 26:28 : Dt 7:10; Job 34:11; Isa 59:18; 65:6-7; 66:6; Jer 17:10; 25:29; Joel 3:4
  73. Leviticus 26:28 : ver 18
  74. Leviticus 26:29 : 2Ki 6:29; Jer 19:9; La 4:10; Eze 5:10
  75. Leviticus 26:29 : Dt 28:53
  76. Leviticus 26:30 : Dt 12:2; 1Sa 9:12; 10:5; 1Ki 3:2, 4; 12:31; 13:2, 32; 2Ki 17:29; 23:20; 2Ch 34:3; Ps 78:58; Eze 6:3; 16:16; Am 7:9
  77. Leviticus 26:30 : 2Ch 34:4; Isa 17:8; 27:9; Eze 6:6
  78. Leviticus 26:30 : Isa 21:9; Jer 50:2; Eze 6:13
  79. Leviticus 26:30 : Ps 106:40; Am 6:8
  80. Leviticus 26:31 : Ne 1:3; Isa 1:7; 3:8, 26; 6:11; 24:12; 61:4; Jer 4:7; 9:11; 25:11; 34:22; 44:2, 6, 22; Eze 36:33; Mic 2:4; 3:12; Zep 2:5; 3:6
  81. Leviticus 26:31 : 2Ki 22:19
  82. Leviticus 26:31 : Ps 74:3-7; Isa 63:18; 64:11; La 2:7; Eze 24:21; Am 7:9
  83. Leviticus 26:31 : Am 5:21, 22; 8:10
  84. Leviticus 26:32 : Isa 5:6; Jer 9:11; 12:11; 25:11; 26:9; 33:10; 34:22; 44:22
  85. Leviticus 26:32 : 1Ki 9:8; 2Ch 29:8; Isa 52:14; Jer 18:16; 19:8; 48:39; Eze 5:14; 26:16; 27:35; 28:19
  86. Leviticus 26:33 : Jer 40:15; 50:17; Eze 34:6; Joel 3:2
  87. Leviticus 26:33 : Dt 4:27; 28:64; Ne 1:8; Ps 44:11; 106:27; Jer 4:11; 9:16; 13:24; 31:10; Eze 5:10; 12:15; 17:21; 20:23; 22:15; Zec 7:14
  88. Leviticus 26:33 : Jer 42:16; Am 9:4
  89. Leviticus 26:33 : Isa 49:19; Jer 7:34
  90. Leviticus 26:33 : ver 31; 1Sa 15:22; Job 36:11; Jer 40:3
  91. Leviticus 26:34 : Isa 1:7; Jer 7:34; 25:11; 44:6; Eze 33:29
  92. Leviticus 26:34 : ver 43; 2Ch 36:21
  93. Leviticus 26:35 : S Lev 25:4
  94. Leviticus 26:36 : Job 13:25
  95. Leviticus 26:36 : 2Ki 25:5; Ps 58:7; La 1:3, 6; 4:19; Eze 21:7
  96. Leviticus 26:36 : S ver 17
  97. Leviticus 26:37 : Jer 6:21; 13:16; 46:16; Eze 3:20; Na 3:3
  98. Leviticus 26:37 : Jos 7:12
  99. Leviticus 26:38 : Job 4:9; 36:12; Ps 1:6; Isa 1:28; Jer 16:4; 44:27
  100. Leviticus 26:38 : Dt 4:26
  101. Leviticus 26:39 : Ex 20:5; Isa 14:21
  102. Leviticus 26:39 : S ver 16; Isa 24:16
  103. Leviticus 26:40 : S Lev 5:5
  104. Leviticus 26:40 : Ps 32:5; 38:18
  105. Leviticus 26:40 : Ne 9:2; Ps 106:6; Jer 3:12-15; 14:20; Hos 5:15; Lk 15:18; 1Jn 1:9
  106. Leviticus 26:41 : S ver 21
  107. Leviticus 26:41 : Dt 10:16; 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:25, 26; Eze 44:7, 9; Ac 7:51
  108. Leviticus 26:41 : 2Ch 7:14; 12:6; Eze 20:43
  109. Leviticus 26:41 : Isa 6:7; 33:24; 40:2; 53:5, 6, 11
  110. Leviticus 26:42 : Ge 28:15; 35:11-12
  111. Leviticus 26:42 : S Ge 26:5
  112. Leviticus 26:42 : S Ex 2:24
  113. Leviticus 26:43 : Ps 69:25; Isa 6:11; 32:14; 62:4; Jer 2:15; 44:2; La 1:1; Eze 36:4
  114. Leviticus 26:43 : Nu 11:20; 14:31; 1Sa 8:7; Ps 106:24
  115. Leviticus 26:43 : S ver 11; Eze 20:13
  116. Leviticus 26:44 : S ver 33; 2Ki 17:20; 25:11; 2Ch 6:36; 36:20
  117. Leviticus 26:44 : S ver 11; Ro 11:2
  118. Leviticus 26:44 : Dt 4:31; Jer 4:27; 5:10; 30:11
  119. Leviticus 26:44 : Jdg 2:1; Jer 31:37; 33:26; 51:5
  120. Leviticus 26:45 : Dt 4:31
  121. Leviticus 26:45 : Ex 6:8; Lev 25:38
  122. Leviticus 26:46 : S Ex 19:11
  123. Leviticus 26:46 : S Lev 7:38; 27:34
  124. Leviticus 27:2 : S Ge 28:20
  125. Leviticus 27:3 : S Ex 30:13
  126. Leviticus 27:5 : S Ge 37:28
  127. Leviticus 27:6 : Nu 3:47; 18:16
  128. Leviticus 27:8 : S Lev 5:11
  129. Leviticus 27:8 : ver 12, 14
  130. Leviticus 27:9 : S Ge 28:20; S Lev 1:2
  131. Leviticus 27:9 : ver 21, 26, 28; Ex 40:9; Nu 6:20; 18:17; Dt 15:19
  132. Leviticus 27:10 : ver 33
  133. Leviticus 27:11 : ver 27; S Ex 13:13; Nu 18:15
  134. Leviticus 27:13 : S Lev 25:25
  135. Leviticus 27:13 : S Lev 5:16
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Mark 10:32-52

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time(A)

32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve(B) aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,”(C) he said, “and the Son of Man(D) will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.(E) They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him(F) and kill him.(G) Three days later(H) he will rise.”(I)

The Request of James and John(J)

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”(K)

38 “You don’t know what you are asking,”(L) Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup(M) I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”(N)

39 “We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,(O) 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,(P) 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,(Q) and to give his life as a ransom for many.”(R)

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight(S)

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,(T) he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David,(U) have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi,(V) I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”(W) Immediately he received his sight and followed(X) Jesus along the road.

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Psalm 45

Psalm 45[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.(A)

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men
and your lips have been anointed with grace,(B)
since God has blessed you forever.(C)

Gird your sword(D) on your side, you mighty one;(E)
clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(F)
In your majesty ride forth victoriously(G)
in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(H)
let your right hand(I) achieve awesome deeds.(J)
Let your sharp arrows(K) pierce the hearts(L) of the king’s enemies;(M)
let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;(N)
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness(O) and hate wickedness;(P)
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing(Q) you with the oil of joy.(R)
All your robes are fragrant(S) with myrrh(T) and aloes(U) and cassia;(V)
from palaces adorned with ivory(W)
the music of the strings(X) makes you glad.
Daughters of kings(Y) are among your honored women;
at your right hand(Z) is the royal bride(AA) in gold of Ophir.(AB)

10 Listen, daughter,(AC) and pay careful attention:(AD)
Forget your people(AE) and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(AF)
honor(AG) him, for he is your lord.(AH)
12 The city of Tyre(AI) will come with a gift,[d](AJ)
people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(AK) is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.(AL)
14 In embroidered garments(AM) she is led to the king;(AN)
her virgin companions(AO) follow her—
those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(AP)
they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes(AQ) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(AR)
therefore the nations will praise you(AS) for ever and ever.(AT)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 45:1 In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.
  2. Psalm 45:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.
  4. Psalm 45:12 Or A Tyrian robe is among the gifts
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Proverbs 10:22

22 The blessing of the Lord(A) brings wealth,(B)
without painful toil for it.(C)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday March 1, 2024 (NIV)

Leviticus 24:1-25:46

The Holy Oil

24 The Lord spoke to Moses:

Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil from beaten[a] olives for the Light so the lamps will be kept burning continually.[b] Aaron shall set the Light before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting, outside the veil which is in front of the Testimony, every night from the evening to the morning. It is a permanent regulation throughout your generations. He shall set the lamps regularly on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord.

The Holy Bread

You shall take fine flour and bake twelve round loaves from it. Each loaf shall be made with four quarts of flour. You shall put them in two stacks, six to each stack, on the pure gold table before the Lord. Upon the stacks you shall place clear frankincense as a memorial portion for the bread. It is a gift of food[c] to the Lord. On every Sabbath day he shall arrange it before the Lord regularly. It is a permanent covenant on behalf of the Israelites. The bread shall belong to Aaron and his sons, who shall eat it in a holy place, for it belongs to him as a most holy thing from the gifts of food to the Lord, a perpetual allotment.

Blasphemy Against the Holy Name

10 A man who was the son of an Israelite woman and of an Egyptian man came along with the Israelites. This son of the Israelite woman fought with another Israelite in the camp. 11 The Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the Name[d] and cursed, so they brought him to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, daughter of Dibri, belonging to the tribe of Dan.) 12 They put him in custody to wait for a decision from the mouth of the Lord.

13 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 14 “Take the man who cursed outside the camp, and all those who heard it shall lay their hands on his head, and the whole community shall stone him. 15 Then speak to the Israelites: If anyone curses his God, he shall bear his sin, 16 but if anyone blasphemes the name of the Lord, he must certainly be put to death; the whole community must stone him. Whether he is an alien or a citizen, when he has blasphemed the Name, he must be put to death.”

17 “If anyone hits someone and kills him, he must certainly be put to death. 18 But one who strikes and kills an animal must make restitution for it, a life for a life. 19 If anyone injures his fellow citizen, he shall have the same thing done to him as he has done: 20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. As he injured that other person, the same is to be done to him. 21 One who strikes an animal so that it dies shall make restitution for it, but one who strikes a human being and kills him shall be put to death. 22 You shall have the same standard of justice for the alien who lives with you and for the citizen, for I am the Lord your God.”

23 After Moses had spoken this to the Israelites, the man who had cursed was taken outside the camp and stoned to death. The Israelites did as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Sabbatical Years

25 The Lord spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Israelites and say this to them.”

When you enter the land that I am giving to you, the land shall observe a sabbath rest for the Lord. For six years you may sow your field, and for six years you may prune your vineyard and gather its produce. But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of complete rest for the land, a sabbath for the Lord. You shall not sow your field, and you shall not prune your vineyard. You shall not reap the produce that grows by itself from your harvest or gather the grapes from your unpruned vine. It shall be a year of complete rest for the land. The sabbath of the land will, however, provide food for you—for you, for your male slaves and for your female slaves, for your hired workers and for your servants who are living with you temporarily as aliens working for you, for your livestock and for the wild animals which are in your land. You may eat all its produce.[e]

The Jubilee

You shall count off seven weeks of years. Count off seven years seven times, so that the duration of the seven weeks of years is forty-nine years. Then you shall sound loud blasts on the ram’s horn. In the seventh month on the tenth day, on the Day of Atonement, you are to have a ram’s horn sounded throughout your land, 10 so that you may set aside the fiftieth year as holy and proclaim liberty throughout the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you, so that each of you may return to his family property and each of you may return to his clan. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee for you. You shall not sow the field, and you shall not reap the grain that grows by itself, and you shall not gather fruit from its unpruned vines. 12 Because it is a Jubilee, it shall be holy for you. You may eat its produce from the field. 13 In this year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his family property.

14 When you sell some land to your countryman, or when you buy land from your countryman, you must not cheat your brother Israelite. 15 When you buy from your countryman, set the price according to the number of years since the last Jubilee. When he sells it to you, he shall set the price according to the number of years of produce left till the next Jubilee. 16 When there are many years left, you shall increase the purchase price. When there are few years left, you shall decrease its purchase price, because what the owner is actually selling to you is the amount of produce. 17 So each of you must not cheat your countryman, but you shall fear your God, for I am the Lord your God.

18 You shall carry out my regulations, and you shall observe my ordinances. You shall carry them out, so that you may live on the land securely. 19 The land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live securely on it. 20 If you ask, “What will we eat during the seventh year, since we may not sow and we may not gather our produce?” 21 I will command my blessing for you in the sixth year, so that the land will yield enough produce for three years. 22 When you sow in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the sixth year’s crop. You will eat the sixth year’s crop until the ninth year, when its produce comes in.

23 But the land must not be sold without a right to recover it, for the land really belongs to me. You are actually resident aliens under my authority. 24 Therefore, throughout all the land that you possess, you shall grant the right of redemption for the land. 25 When your brother Israelite becomes so impoverished that he has to sell some of the land that he holds, his closest relative shall come and redeem what his brother has sold. 26 When the man who has no close relative prospers and acquires enough for the price to redeem his land, 27 he may calculate the years since he sold it, refund the difference to the man to whom he sold it, and return to his family property. 28 But if he does not acquire a sufficient amount to recover the land for himself, what he has sold shall remain under the control of the one who bought it until the year of Jubilee. It shall become free in the Jubilee, so that the seller may return to his family property.

29 When a man sells a house where he lives in a walled town, his right of redemption shall last until a full year after its sale. The time to redeem it lasts for a year. 30 But if it is not redeemed before the completion of a full year, the house which is in a town which has a wall will belong to its buyer and his descendants. It cannot be reclaimed. It will not be released in the Jubilee. 31 But the houses in the villages that have no wall around them shall be classified as part of the farmland. They have the right of redemption and shall become free in the Jubilee.

32 All the towns of the Levites and the houses in the towns which are their property have a permanent right of redemption. 33 Whatever a Levite is permitted to redeem (such as a house which he sold that had been his property in a city) will become free in the Jubilee, because the houses in the towns of the Levites are their possession among the Israelites.[f] 34 But the pastures and fields around the Levites’ towns may not be sold, for that is their permanent possession.

35 When your fellow Israelite[g] becomes so impoverished that he cannot support himself,[h] help him as you would help a resident alien or a temporary resident. Let him retain his right to work for a livelihood among you.[i] 36 You shall not take advance interest or accrued interest from him, but you shall fear your God and let your brother retain his livelihood with you. 37 You shall not lend him your money for advance interest or your food for accrued interest. 38 I am the Lord your God, who freed you from the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

39 When your fellow Israelite becomes so indebted to you that he is sold to you, you shall not make him serve as a slave. 40 He shall remain with you as a hired laborer or a temporary resident. He shall work for you until the year of Jubilee. 41 Then he and his children with him will become free from your authority. He shall return to his family home and to his ancestral landholding, 42 for the Israelites are my servants, whom I freed from the land of Egypt. They shall not be sold in a slave sale. 43 You shall not rule over them harshly, but you shall fear your God.

44 You may buy a male slave or a female slave for yourself from the nations around you. 45 You may also buy some of the children of those who reside as aliens among you and some of their extended families who are born in your land, so that they become your property. 46 You may leave them to your children as inherited property. You may make them work as slaves for life. But as for your brothers, the Israelites, each of you must not rule over your brother harshly.

Footnotes:

  1. Leviticus 24:2 The basic meaning of the Hebrew verb ktt is “beat.” The translation assumes that oil from beaten olives is the highest grade “extra virgin” olive oil from the first crushing or pressing of the olive, done by hand.
  2. Leviticus 24:2 Continually here seems to mean all through the night, every night, as the next verse says, or it may mean that one lamp was always kept burning night and day.
  3. Leviticus 24:7 Elsewhere this word is translated an offering made by fire, a meaning that does not seem to fit the context here.
  4. Leviticus 24:11 The Name refers to the Tetragrammaton, Yahweh, which was usually written and pronounced as Lord (Adonai). Even today Jews often substitute the Name for Lord when they are speaking about God.
  5. Leviticus 25:7 Verses 4-7 seem to forbid harvesting, storing, or selling the natural produce of the land but to allow everyone to eat it freely.
  6. Leviticus 25:33 The Hebrew of the verse is difficult, so translations vary.
  7. Leviticus 25:35 Literally brother
  8. Leviticus 25:35 Literally and his hand slips with you
  9. Leviticus 25:35 The Hebrew of this sentence is difficult, so translations vary.
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Mark 10:13-31

Jesus Loves Little Children

13 Some people began bringing little children to Jesus so that he would touch them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said, “Let the little children come to me! Do not hinder them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Amen I tell you: Whoever will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the little children in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

The Rich Young Ruler

17 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, one man ran up to him and knelt in front of him. He asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God. 19 You know the commandments. ‘You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not defraud. Honor your father and mother.’”[a]

20 The man replied, “Teacher, I have kept all these since I was a child.”

21 Jesus looked at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When he heard this, he looked sad and went away grieving, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus told them again, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in their riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 They were even more astonished and said to one another, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “For people, it is impossible, but not for God, because all things are possible for God.”

28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”

29 Jesus said, “Amen I tell you: There is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, 30 who now at this time will fail to receive one hundred times as much: houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields (along with persecutions)—and in the coming age: eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

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Psalm 44:9-26

Present Defeat

But now you have rejected and humbled us,
and you do not go out with our armies.
10 You made us turn back before the foe,
and those who hate us have taken plunder for themselves.
11 You give us up for food like sheep,
and you have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for no great price,
and you have not profited from their sale.
13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
scorn and ridicule to those around us.
14 You have made us a laughingstock among the nations,
a reason for the peoples to shake their heads.
15 All day my disgrace is right in front of me,
and the shame on my face covers me,
16 because of the voice of the slanderer and reviler,
because of the enemy and avenger.
17 All this came on us, though we had not forgotten you.
We had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back.
Our steps had not slipped off your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a home for jackals,
and you covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered this,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we are killed all day long.
We are considered sheep to be slaughtered.

Present Plea

23 Get up! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Wake up!
Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our misery and our oppression?
25 For our souls bow down to the dust.
Our bellies cling to the earth.
26 Stand up! Help us!
Redeem us because of your mercy.

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Proverbs 10:20-21

20 The tongue of a righteous person is fine silver.
The heart of a wicked person has little value.
21 The lips of a righteous person shepherd many,
but stubborn fools die for lack of sense.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday February 29, 2024 (NIV)

Psalm 1

Psalm 1

The Two Ways

How happy is the one who does not
walk in the advice of the wicked
or stand in the pathway with sinners
or sit in the company of mockers!(A)
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.(B)
He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams[a]
that bears its fruit in its season,(C)
and its leaf does not wither.(D)
Whatever he does prospers.(E)

The wicked are not like this;
instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.(F)
Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment,(G)
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,(H)
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.(I)

Footnotes:

  1. 1:3 Or beside irrigation channels
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday February 28, 2024 (NIV)

Leviticus 22:17-23:44

Unacceptable Sacrifices

17 The Lord said to Moses, 18 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘If any of you—whether an Israelite or a foreigner residing in Israel(A)—presents a gift(B) for a burnt offering to the Lord, either to fulfill a vow(C) or as a freewill offering,(D) 19 you must present a male without defect(E) from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf.(F) 20 Do not bring anything with a defect,(G) because it will not be accepted on your behalf.(H) 21 When anyone brings from the herd or flock(I) a fellowship offering(J) to the Lord to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering,(K) it must be without defect or blemish(L) to be acceptable.(M) 22 Do not offer to the Lord the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord. 23 You may, however, present as a freewill offering an ox[a] or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow. 24 You must not offer to the Lord an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut.(N) You must not do this in your own land, 25 and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a foreigner and offer them as the food of your God.(O) They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.(P)’”

26 The Lord said to Moses, 27 “When a calf, a lamb or a goat(Q) is born, it is to remain with its mother for seven days.(R) From the eighth day(S) on, it will be acceptable(T) as a food offering presented to the Lord. 28 Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day.(U)

29 “When you sacrifice a thank offering(V) to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf. 30 It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning.(W) I am the Lord.(X)

31 “Keep(Y) my commands and follow them.(Z) I am the Lord. 32 Do not profane my holy name,(AA) for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites.(AB) I am the Lord, who made you holy(AC) 33 and who brought you out of Egypt(AD) to be your God.(AE) I am the Lord.”

The Appointed Festivals

23 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals,(AF) the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.(AG)

The Sabbath

“‘There are six days when you may work,(AH) but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest,(AI) a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work;(AJ) wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.

The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread(AK)

“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times:(AL) The Lord’s Passover(AM) begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.(AN) On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread(AO) begins; for seven days(AP) you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly(AQ) and do no regular work. For seven days present a food offering to the Lord.(AR) And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.’”

Offering the Firstfruits

The Lord said to Moses, 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you(AS) and you reap its harvest,(AT) bring to the priest a sheaf(AU) of the first grain you harvest.(AV) 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord(AW) so it will be accepted(AX) on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old(AY) without defect,(AZ) 13 together with its grain offering(BA) of two-tenths of an ephah[b](BB) of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering(BC) of a quarter of a hin[c] of wine.(BD) 14 You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain,(BE) until the very day you bring this offering to your God.(BF) This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come,(BG) wherever you live.(BH)

The Festival of Weeks(BI)

15 “‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath,(BJ) and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah(BK) of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits(BL) to the Lord. 18 Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the Lord, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings(BM)—a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 19 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering[d] and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. 20 The priest is to wave the two lambs before the Lord as a wave offering,(BN) together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the Lord for the priest. 21 On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly(BO) and do no regular work.(BP) This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

22 “‘When you reap the harvest(BQ) of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.(BR) Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you.(BS) I am the Lord your God.’”

The Festival of Trumpets(BT)

23 The Lord said to Moses, 24 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly(BU) commemorated with trumpet blasts.(BV) 25 Do no regular work,(BW) but present a food offering to the Lord.(BX)’”

The Day of Atonement(BY)

26 The Lord said to Moses, 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month(BZ) is the Day of Atonement.(CA) Hold a sacred assembly(CB) and deny yourselves,[e] and present a food offering to the Lord. 28 Do not do any work(CC) on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God. 29 Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people.(CD) 30 I will destroy from among their people(CE) anyone who does any work on that day. 31 You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance(CF) for the generations to come, wherever you live. 32 It is a day of sabbath rest(CG) for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.”(CH)

The Festival of Tabernacles(CI)

33 The Lord said to Moses, 34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh(CJ) month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles(CK) begins, and it lasts for seven days. 35 The first day is a sacred assembly;(CL) do no regular work.(CM) 36 For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly(CN) and present a food offering to the Lord.(CO) It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.

37 (“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the Lord—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings(CP) required for each day. 38 These offerings(CQ) are in addition to those for the Lord’s Sabbaths(CR) and[f] in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings(CS) you give to the Lord.)

39 “‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival(CT) to the Lord for seven days;(CU) the first day is a day of sabbath rest, and the eighth day also is a day of sabbath rest. 40 On the first day you are to take branches(CV) from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees(CW)—and rejoice(CX) before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Live in temporary shelters(CY) for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters 43 so your descendants will know(CZ) that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’”

44 So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed festivals of the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Leviticus 22:23 The Hebrew word can refer to either male or female.
  2. Leviticus 23:13 That is, probably about 7 pounds or about 3.2 kilograms; also in verse 17
  3. Leviticus 23:13 That is, about 1 quart or about 1 liter
  4. Leviticus 23:19 Or purification offering
  5. Leviticus 23:27 Or and fast; similarly in verses 29 and 32
  6. Leviticus 23:38 Or These festivals are in addition to the Lord’s Sabbaths, and these offerings are

Cross references:

  1. Leviticus 22:18 : Nu 15:16; 19:10; Jos 8:33
  2. Leviticus 22:18 : S Lev 1:2
  3. Leviticus 22:18 : ver 21; S Ge 28:20; Nu 15:8; Ps 22:25; 76:11; 116:18
  4. Leviticus 22:18 : S Lev 7:16
  5. Leviticus 22:19 : S Lev 1:3; 21:18-21; Nu 28:11; Dt 15:21
  6. Leviticus 22:19 : S Lev 1:2
  7. Leviticus 22:20 : S Lev 1:3; Dt 15:21; 17:1; Eze 43:23; 45:18; 46:6; Mal 1:8; Heb 9:14; 1Pe 1:19
  8. Leviticus 22:20 : S Ex 28:38
  9. Leviticus 22:21 : S Lev 1:2
  10. Leviticus 22:21 : S Ex 32:6; S Lev 3:6
  11. Leviticus 22:21 : S Lev 7:16
  12. Leviticus 22:21 : S Ex 12:5; Mal 1:14
  13. Leviticus 22:21 : Am 4:5
  14. Leviticus 22:24 : S Lev 21:20
  15. Leviticus 22:25 : S Lev 21:6
  16. Leviticus 22:25 : S Lev 1:3; S 3:1; Nu 19:2
  17. Leviticus 22:27 : S Lev 1:3
  18. Leviticus 22:27 : S Ex 22:30
  19. Leviticus 22:27 : S Ex 22:30
  20. Leviticus 22:27 : S Ex 28:38
  21. Leviticus 22:28 : Dt 22:6, 7
  22. Leviticus 22:29 : S Lev 7:12
  23. Leviticus 22:30 : Lev 7:15
  24. Leviticus 22:30 : Lev 11:44
  25. Leviticus 22:31 : Dt 4:2, 40; Ps 105:45
  26. Leviticus 22:31 : S Ex 22:31
  27. Leviticus 22:32 : Lev 18:21
  28. Leviticus 22:32 : S Lev 10:3
  29. Leviticus 22:32 : Lev 20:8
  30. Leviticus 22:33 : S Ex 6:6
  31. Leviticus 22:33 : S Ge 17:7
  32. Leviticus 23:2 : ver 4, 37, 44; Nu 29:39; Eze 44:24; Col 2:16
  33. Leviticus 23:2 : ver 21, 27
  34. Leviticus 23:3 : Ex 20:9
  35. Leviticus 23:3 : S Ex 20:10; Heb 4:9, 10
  36. Leviticus 23:3 : ver 7, 21, 35; Nu 28:26
  37. Leviticus 23:4 : 23:4-8pp — Ex 12:14-20; Nu 28:16-25; Dt 16:1-8
  38. Leviticus 23:4 : Na 1:15
  39. Leviticus 23:5 : S Ex 12:11
  40. Leviticus 23:5 : S Ex 12:6
  41. Leviticus 23:6 : Ex 12:17
  42. Leviticus 23:6 : S Ex 12:19
  43. Leviticus 23:7 : ver 3, 8
  44. Leviticus 23:8 : S Lev 1:9
  45. Leviticus 23:10 : Nu 15:2, 18
  46. Leviticus 23:10 : S Lev 19:9
  47. Leviticus 23:10 : S Lev 19:9
  48. Leviticus 23:10 : S Ex 22:29; S 34:22; Ro 11:16
  49. Leviticus 23:11 : S Ex 29:24
  50. Leviticus 23:11 : S Ex 28:38
  51. Leviticus 23:12 : S Lev 12:6
  52. Leviticus 23:12 : S Ex 12:5
  53. Leviticus 23:13 : Lev 2:14-16; S 6:20
  54. Leviticus 23:13 : ver 17; Lev 24:5; Nu 15:6; 28:9
  55. Leviticus 23:13 : S Ge 35:14
  56. Leviticus 23:13 : S Lev 10:9
  57. Leviticus 23:14 : Jos 5:11; Ru 2:14; 1Sa 17:17; 25:18; 2Sa 17:28
  58. Leviticus 23:14 : Ex 34:26
  59. Leviticus 23:14 : Lev 3:17; Nu 10:8; 15:21
  60. Leviticus 23:14 : Jer 2:3
  61. Leviticus 23:15 : 23:15-22pp — Nu 28:26-31; Dt 16:9-12
  62. Leviticus 23:16 : Ac 2:1; 20:16
  63. Leviticus 23:17 : S ver 13
  64. Leviticus 23:17 : S Ex 34:22
  65. Leviticus 23:18 : ver 13; Ex 29:41; 30:9; 37:16; Jer 19:13; 44:18
  66. Leviticus 23:20 : S Ex 29:24
  67. Leviticus 23:21 : S ver 2; Ex 32:5
  68. Leviticus 23:21 : S ver 3
  69. Leviticus 23:22 : S Lev 19:9
  70. Leviticus 23:22 : S Lev 19:10; Dt 24:19-21; Ru 2:15
  71. Leviticus 23:22 : Ru 2:2
  72. Leviticus 23:23 : 23:23-25pp — Nu 29:1-6
  73. Leviticus 23:24 : ver 27, 36; Ezr 3:1
  74. Leviticus 23:24 : Lev 25:9; Nu 10:9, 10; 29:1; 31:6; 2Ki 11:14; 2Ch 13:12; Ps 98:6
  75. Leviticus 23:25 : ver 21
  76. Leviticus 23:25 : S Lev 1:9
  77. Leviticus 23:26 : 23:26-32pp — Lev 16:2-34; Nu 29:7-11
  78. Leviticus 23:27 : S Lev 16:29
  79. Leviticus 23:27 : S Ex 30:10
  80. Leviticus 23:27 : S ver 2,S 24
  81. Leviticus 23:28 : ver 31
  82. Leviticus 23:29 : Ge 17:14; Lev 7:20; Nu 5:2
  83. Leviticus 23:30 : S Lev 20:3
  84. Leviticus 23:31 : Lev 3:17
  85. Leviticus 23:32 : S Lev 16:31
  86. Leviticus 23:32 : Ne 13:19
  87. Leviticus 23:33 : 23:33-43pp — Nu 29:12-39; Dt 16:13-17
  88. Leviticus 23:34 : 1Ki 8:2; Hag 2:1
  89. Leviticus 23:34 : S Ex 23:16; Jn 7:2
  90. Leviticus 23:35 : ver 2
  91. Leviticus 23:35 : ver 3
  92. Leviticus 23:36 : S ver 24; 1Ki 8:2; 2Ch 7:9; Ne 8:18; Jn 7:37
  93. Leviticus 23:36 : S Lev 1:9
  94. Leviticus 23:37 : ver 13
  95. Leviticus 23:38 : S Lev 1:2
  96. Leviticus 23:38 : S Ex 20:10; 2Ch 2:4; Eze 45:17
  97. Leviticus 23:38 : S Lev 7:16
  98. Leviticus 23:39 : Isa 62:9
  99. Leviticus 23:39 : S Ex 23:16
  100. Leviticus 23:40 : Ps 118:27
  101. Leviticus 23:40 : Ne 8:14-17; Ps 137:2; Isa 44:4
  102. Leviticus 23:40 : Dt 12:7; 14:26; 28:47; Ne 8:10; Ps 9:2; 66:6; 105:43; Joel 2:26
  103. Leviticus 23:42 : S Ex 23:16
  104. Leviticus 23:43 : Ps 78:5
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Mark 9:30-10:12

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time(A)

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man(B) is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him,(C) and after three days(D) he will rise.”(E) 32 But they did not understand what he meant(F) and were afraid to ask him about it.

33 They came to Capernaum.(G) When he was in the house,(H) he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.(I)

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”(J)

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms,(K) he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”(L)

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us(M)

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”(N)

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.(O) 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.(P)

Causing to Stumble

42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble,(Q) it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.(R) 43 If your hand causes you to stumble,(S) cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell,(T) where the fire never goes out.(U) [44] [a] 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble,(V) cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.(W) [46] [b] 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble,(X) pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,(Y) 48 where

“‘the worms that eat them do not die,
and the fire is not quenched.’[c](Z)

49 Everyone will be salted(AA) with fire.

50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?(AB) Have salt among yourselves,(AC) and be at peace with each other.”(AD)

Divorce(AE)

10 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan.(AF) Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.(AG)

Some Pharisees(AH) came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

“What did Moses command you?” he replied.

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”(AI)

“It was because your hearts were hard(AJ) that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’[d](AK) ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[e] and the two will become one flesh.’[f](AL) So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.(AM) 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”(AN)

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 9:44 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
  2. Mark 9:46 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
  3. Mark 9:48 Isaiah 66:24
  4. Mark 10:6 Gen. 1:27
  5. Mark 10:7 Some early manuscripts do not have and be united to his wife.
  6. Mark 10:8 Gen. 2:24
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Psalm 44:1-8

Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

We have heard it with our ears,(A) O God;
our ancestors have told us(B)
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.(C)
With your hand you drove out(D) the nations
and planted(E) our ancestors;
you crushed(F) the peoples
and made our ancestors flourish.(G)
It was not by their sword(H) that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(I) your arm,(J)
and the light(K) of your face, for you loved(L) them.

You are my King(M) and my God,(N)
who decrees[c] victories(O) for Jacob.
Through you we push back(P) our enemies;
through your name we trample(Q) our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,(R)
my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory(S) over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.(T)
In God we make our boast(U) all day long,(V)
and we will praise your name forever.[d](W)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.
  2. Psalm 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 44:4 Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew King, O God; / command
  4. Psalm 44:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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Proverbs 10:19

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.(A)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday February 27, 2024 (NIV)

Leviticus 20:22-22:16

22 “‘Keep all my decrees and laws(A) and follow them, so that the land(B) where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. 23 You must not live according to the customs of the nations(C) I am going to drive out before you.(D) Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.(E) 24 But I said to you, “You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.”(F) I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations.(G)

25 “‘You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds.(H) Do not defile yourselves by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground—those that I have set apart as unclean for you. 26 You are to be holy to me(I) because I, the Lord, am holy,(J) and I have set you apart from the nations(K) to be my own.

27 “‘A man or woman who is a medium(L) or spiritist among you must be put to death.(M) You are to stone them;(N) their blood will be on their own heads.’”

Rules for Priests

21 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron,(O) and say to them: ‘A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean(P) for any of his people who die,(Q) except for a close relative, such as his mother or father,(R) his son or daughter, his brother, or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband—for her he may make himself unclean.(S) He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage,[a] and so defile himself.

“‘Priests must not shave(T) their heads or shave off the edges of their beards(U) or cut their bodies.(V) They must be holy to their God(W) and must not profane the name of their God.(X) Because they present the food offerings to the Lord,(Y) the food of their God,(Z) they are to be holy.(AA)

“‘They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands,(AB) because priests are holy to their God.(AC) Regard them as holy,(AD) because they offer up the food of your God.(AE) Consider them holy, because I the Lord am holy—I who make you holy.(AF)

“‘If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.(AG)

10 “‘The high priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head(AH) and who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments,(AI) must not let his hair become unkempt[b] or tear his clothes.(AJ) 11 He must not enter a place where there is a dead body.(AK) He must not make himself unclean,(AL) even for his father or mother,(AM) 12 nor leave the sanctuary(AN) of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil(AO) of his God. I am the Lord.

13 “‘The woman he marries must be a virgin.(AP) 14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people, 15 so that he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the Lord, who makes him holy.’”

16 The Lord said to Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect(AQ) may come near to offer the food of his God.(AR) 18 No man who has any defect(AS) may come near: no man who is blind(AT) or lame,(AU) disfigured or deformed; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.(AV) 21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect(AW) is to come near to present the food offerings to the Lord.(AX) He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God.(AY) 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God,(AZ) as well as the holy food; 23 yet because of his defect,(BA) he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary.(BB) I am the Lord, who makes them holy.(BC)’”

24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.

22 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings(BD) the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name.(BE) I am the Lord.(BF)

“Say to them: ‘For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the Lord,(BG) that person must be cut off from my presence.(BH) I am the Lord.

“‘If a descendant of Aaron has a defiling skin disease[c] or a bodily discharge,(BI) he may not eat the sacred offerings until he is cleansed. He will also be unclean if he touches something defiled by a corpse(BJ) or by anyone who has an emission of semen, or if he touches any crawling thing(BK) that makes him unclean, or any person(BL) who makes him unclean, whatever the uncleanness may be. The one who touches any such thing will be unclean(BM) till evening.(BN) He must not eat any of the sacred offerings unless he has bathed himself with water.(BO) When the sun goes down, he will be clean, and after that he may eat the sacred offerings, for they are his food.(BP) He must not eat anything found dead(BQ) or torn by wild animals,(BR) and so become unclean(BS) through it. I am the Lord.(BT)

“‘The priests are to perform my service(BU) in such a way that they do not become guilty(BV) and die(BW) for treating it with contempt. I am the Lord, who makes them holy.(BX)

10 “‘No one outside a priest’s family may eat the sacred offering, nor may the guest of a priest or his hired worker eat it.(BY) 11 But if a priest buys a slave with money, or if slaves are born in his household, they may eat his food.(BZ) 12 If a priest’s daughter marries anyone other than a priest, she may not eat any of the sacred contributions. 13 But if a priest’s daughter becomes a widow or is divorced, yet has no children, and she returns to live in her father’s household as in her youth, she may eat her father’s food. No unauthorized person, however, may eat it.

14 “‘Anyone who eats a sacred offering by mistake(CA) must make restitution to the priest for the offering and add a fifth of the value(CB) to it. 15 The priests must not desecrate the sacred offerings(CC) the Israelites present to the Lord(CD) 16 by allowing them to eat(CE) the sacred offerings and so bring upon them guilt(CF) requiring payment.(CG) I am the Lord, who makes them holy.(CH)’”

Footnotes:

  1. Leviticus 21:4 Or unclean as a leader among his people
  2. Leviticus 21:10 Or not uncover his head
  3. Leviticus 22:4 The Hebrew word for defiling skin disease, traditionally translated “leprosy,” was used for various diseases affecting the skin.

Cross references:

  1. Leviticus 20:22 : S Ge 26:5
  2. Leviticus 20:22 : S Lev 18:25-28
  3. Leviticus 20:23 : S Lev 18:3
  4. Leviticus 20:23 : S Lev 18:24
  5. Leviticus 20:23 : S Lev 18:25
  6. Leviticus 20:24 : S Ex 3:8; Nu 14:8; 16:14
  7. Leviticus 20:24 : S Ex 33:16
  8. Leviticus 20:25 : Lev 10:10; Dt 14:3-21; Ac 10:14
  9. Leviticus 20:26 : Dt 14:2
  10. Leviticus 20:26 : ver 8; Lev 19:2; Jos 24:19; 2Ki 19:22; Ps 99:3
  11. Leviticus 20:26 : S Ex 33:16
  12. Leviticus 20:27 : S Ex 22:18
  13. Leviticus 20:27 : S Lev 19:31
  14. Leviticus 20:27 : S ver 2; S Lev 24:14
  15. Leviticus 21:1 : S Ex 28:1; S Lev 1:5
  16. Leviticus 21:1 : S Lev 5:3; S 13:3
  17. Leviticus 21:1 : ver 11; Nu 5:2; 6:6; 19:11; 31:19
  18. Leviticus 21:2 : ver 11
  19. Leviticus 21:3 : Nu 6:6
  20. Leviticus 21:5 : S Lev 13:40; Jer 7:29; 16:6
  21. Leviticus 21:5 : Eze 5:1; 44:20
  22. Leviticus 21:5 : S Lev 19:28
  23. Leviticus 21:6 : ver 8; Ezr 8:28
  24. Leviticus 21:6 : Lev 18:21
  25. Leviticus 21:6 : S Lev 3:11
  26. Leviticus 21:6 : ver 17, 22; Lev 22:25
  27. Leviticus 21:6 : S Ex 19:22; S Lev 10:3
  28. Leviticus 21:7 : ver 13, 14
  29. Leviticus 21:7 : Eze 44:22
  30. Leviticus 21:8 : ver 6
  31. Leviticus 21:8 : Lev 3:11
  32. Leviticus 21:8 : S Ex 31:13
  33. Leviticus 21:9 : S Ge 38:24; S Lev 19:29
  34. Leviticus 21:10 : S Ex 29:7
  35. Leviticus 21:10 : S Lev 8:7-9, 13; S 16:4
  36. Leviticus 21:10 : S Lev 10:6
  37. Leviticus 21:11 : Nu 5:2; 6:6; 9:6; 19:11, 13, 14; 31:19
  38. Leviticus 21:11 : Lev 19:28
  39. Leviticus 21:11 : ver 2
  40. Leviticus 21:12 : S Ex 25:8
  41. Leviticus 21:12 : S Ex 28:41
  42. Leviticus 21:13 : Eze 44:22
  43. Leviticus 21:17 : ver 18, 21, 23
  44. Leviticus 21:17 : S ver 6
  45. Leviticus 21:18 : Lev 22:19-25
  46. Leviticus 21:18 : S Lev 19:14
  47. Leviticus 21:18 : 2Sa 4:4; 9:3; 19:26
  48. Leviticus 21:20 : Lev 22:24; Dt 23:1; Isa 56:3
  49. Leviticus 21:21 : S ver 17
  50. Leviticus 21:21 : S Lev 3:11
  51. Leviticus 21:21 : Lev 22:19
  52. Leviticus 21:22 : 1Co 9:13
  53. Leviticus 21:23 : S ver 17
  54. Leviticus 21:23 : S Ex 25:8
  55. Leviticus 21:23 : Lev 20:8
  56. Leviticus 22:2 : S Lev 19:8
  57. Leviticus 22:2 : S Ex 20:7; S Mt 5:33
  58. Leviticus 22:2 : Eze 44:8
  59. Leviticus 22:3 : Ezr 8:28
  60. Leviticus 22:3 : Lev 7:20, 21; Nu 19:13
  61. Leviticus 22:4 : Lev 15:2-15
  62. Leviticus 22:4 : Lev 11:24-28, 39
  63. Leviticus 22:5 : Lev 11:24-28, 43
  64. Leviticus 22:5 : S Lev 15:7
  65. Leviticus 22:6 : Hag 2:13
  66. Leviticus 22:6 : S Lev 11:24
  67. Leviticus 22:6 : S Lev 14:8
  68. Leviticus 22:7 : Nu 18:11
  69. Leviticus 22:8 : S Lev 11:39
  70. Leviticus 22:8 : S Ex 22:31
  71. Leviticus 22:8 : S Lev 11:40
  72. Leviticus 22:8 : Lev 11:44
  73. Leviticus 22:9 : S Lev 8:35
  74. Leviticus 22:9 : S Ex 28:38
  75. Leviticus 22:9 : ver 16; S Ex 28:43
  76. Leviticus 22:9 : Lev 20:8
  77. Leviticus 22:10 : ver 13; Ex 12:45; 29:33
  78. Leviticus 22:11 : Ge 17:13; Ex 12:44
  79. Leviticus 22:14 : S Lev 4:2
  80. Leviticus 22:14 : Lev 5:15
  81. Leviticus 22:15 : S Lev 19:8
  82. Leviticus 22:15 : Nu 18:32
  83. Leviticus 22:16 : Nu 18:11
  84. Leviticus 22:16 : S Ex 28:38
  85. Leviticus 22:16 : S ver 9
  86. Leviticus 22:16 : Lev 20:8
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Mark 9:1-29

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come(A) with power.”(B)

The Transfiguration(C)(D)

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John(E) with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white,(F) whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi,(G) it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud:(H) “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”(I)

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone(J) what they had seen until the Son of Man(K) had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man(L) must suffer much(M) and be rejected?(N) 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come,(O) and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”

Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit(P)

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.(Q)

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”(R)

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene,(S) he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately,(T) “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 9:29 Some manuscripts prayer and fasting
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Psalm 43

Psalm 43[a]

Vindicate me, my God,
and plead my cause(A)
against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me(B) from those who are
deceitful and wicked.(C)
You are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected(D) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(E)
oppressed by the enemy?(F)
Send me your light(G) and your faithful care,(H)
let them lead me;(I)
let them bring me to your holy mountain,(J)
to the place where you dwell.(K)
Then I will go(L) to the altar(M) of God,
to God, my joy(N) and my delight.(O)
I will praise you with the lyre,(P)
O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.(Q)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 43:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.
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Proverbs 10:18

18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips(A)
and spreads slander is a fool.

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 10:18 : S Ps 31:18
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday February 26, 2024 (NIV)

Leviticus 19:1-20:21

Various Laws

19 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel(A) and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God,(B) am holy.(C)

“‘Each of you must respect your mother and father,(D) and you must observe my Sabbaths.(E) I am the Lord your God.(F)

“‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves.(G) I am the Lord your God.(H)

“‘When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf. It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up.(I) If any of it is eaten on the third day, it is impure and will not be accepted.(J) Whoever eats it will be held responsible(K) because they have desecrated what is holy(L) to the Lord; they must be cut off from their people.(M)

“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges(N) of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.(O) 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time(P) or pick up the grapes that have fallen.(Q) Leave them for the poor and the foreigner.(R) I am the Lord your God.

11 “‘Do not steal.(S)

“‘Do not lie.(T)

“‘Do not deceive one another.(U)

12 “‘Do not swear falsely(V) by my name(W) and so profane(X) the name of your God. I am the Lord.

13 “‘Do not defraud or rob(Y) your neighbor.(Z)

“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker(AA) overnight.(AB)

14 “‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind,(AC) but fear your God.(AD) I am the Lord.

15 “‘Do not pervert justice;(AE) do not show partiality(AF) to the poor or favoritism to the great,(AG) but judge your neighbor fairly.(AH)

16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander(AI) among your people.

“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life.(AJ) I am the Lord.

17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart.(AK) Rebuke your neighbor frankly(AL) so you will not share in their guilt.

18 “‘Do not seek revenge(AM) or bear a grudge(AN) against anyone among your people,(AO) but love your neighbor(AP) as yourself.(AQ) I am the Lord.

19 “‘Keep my decrees.(AR)

“‘Do not mate different kinds of animals.

“‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.(AS)

“‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.(AT)

20 “‘If a man sleeps with a female slave who is promised to another man(AU) but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment.[a] Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed. 21 The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the tent of meeting for a guilt offering to the Lord.(AV) 22 With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the Lord for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.(AW)

23 “‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.[b] For three years you are to consider it forbidden[c]; it must not be eaten. 24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy,(AX) an offering of praise to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God.

26 “‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.(AY)

“‘Do not practice divination(AZ) or seek omens.(BA)

27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.(BB)

28 “‘Do not cut(BC) your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.

29 “‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute,(BD) or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.(BE)

30 “‘Observe my Sabbaths(BF) and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.(BG)

31 “‘Do not turn to mediums(BH) or seek out spiritists,(BI) for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.

32 “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect(BJ) for the elderly(BK) and revere your God.(BL) I am the Lord.(BM)

33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.(BN) Love them as yourself,(BO) for you were foreigners(BP) in Egypt.(BQ) I am the Lord your God.

35 “‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.(BR) 36 Use honest scales(BS) and honest weights, an honest ephah[d](BT) and an honest hin.[e](BU) I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.(BV)

37 “‘Keep all my decrees(BW) and all my laws(BX) and follow them. I am the Lord.’”

Punishments for Sin

20 The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death.(BY) The members of the community are to stone him.(BZ) I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people;(CA) for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled(CB) my sanctuary(CC) and profaned my holy name.(CD) If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death,(CE) I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.

“‘I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.(CF)

“‘Consecrate yourselves(CG) and be holy,(CH) because I am the Lord your God.(CI) Keep my decrees(CJ) and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.(CK)

“‘Anyone who curses their father(CL) or mother(CM) is to be put to death.(CN) Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.(CO)

10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife(CP)—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.(CQ)

11 “‘If a man has sexual relations with his father’s wife, he has dishonored his father.(CR) Both the man and the woman are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.(CS)

12 “‘If a man has sexual relations with his daughter-in-law,(CT) both of them are to be put to death. What they have done is a perversion; their blood will be on their own heads.

13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.(CU) They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

14 “‘If a man marries both a woman and her mother,(CV) it is wicked. Both he and they must be burned in the fire,(CW) so that no wickedness will be among you.(CX)

15 “‘If a man has sexual relations with an animal,(CY) he is to be put to death,(CZ) and you must kill the animal.

16 “‘If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

17 “‘If a man marries his sister(DA), the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They are to be publicly removed(DB) from their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible.(DC)

18 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a woman during her monthly period,(DD) he has exposed the source of her flow, and she has also uncovered it. Both of them are to be cut off from their people.(DE)

19 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the sister of either your mother or your father,(DF) for that would dishonor a close relative; both of you would be held responsible.

20 “‘If a man has sexual relations with his aunt,(DG) he has dishonored his uncle. They will be held responsible; they will die childless.(DH)

21 “‘If a man marries his brother’s wife,(DI) it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless.(DJ)

Footnotes:

  1. Leviticus 19:20 Or be an inquiry
  2. Leviticus 19:23 Hebrew uncircumcised
  3. Leviticus 19:23 Hebrew uncircumcised
  4. Leviticus 19:36 An ephah was a dry measure having the capacity of about 3/5 of a bushel or about 22 liters.
  5. Leviticus 19:36 A hin was a liquid measure having the capacity of about 1 gallon or about 3.8 liters.

Cross references:

  1. Leviticus 19:2 : Nu 14:5; Ps 68:26
  2. Leviticus 19:2 : S Ex 20:2
  3. Leviticus 19:2 : S Ex 15:11; 1Pe 1:16*; S Lev 11:44; S 20:26
  4. Leviticus 19:3 : Ex 20:12
  5. Leviticus 19:3 : S Ex 20:8
  6. Leviticus 19:3 : Lev 11:44
  7. Leviticus 19:4 : S Ex 20:4; Jdg 17:3; Ps 96:5; 115:4-7; 135:15
  8. Leviticus 19:4 : Lev 11:44
  9. Leviticus 19:6 : Lev 7:16-17
  10. Leviticus 19:7 : Lev 7:18
  11. Leviticus 19:8 : S Lev 5:1
  12. Leviticus 19:8 : Lev 22:2, 15, 16; Nu 18:32
  13. Leviticus 19:8 : S Ge 17:14
  14. Leviticus 19:9 : Ru 2:2, 3, 7, 16, 17
  15. Leviticus 19:9 : Lev 23:10, 22; Dt 24:19-22; Job 24:10
  16. Leviticus 19:10 : Dt 24:20
  17. Leviticus 19:10 : ver 9
  18. Leviticus 19:10 : Dt 24:19, 21
  19. Leviticus 19:11 : Ex 20:15; S 23:4; Lk 3:14
  20. Leviticus 19:11 : S Ex 20:16; S Eph 4:25
  21. Leviticus 19:11 : S Lev 6:2
  22. Leviticus 19:12 : Jer 5:2; 7:9; Mal 3:5
  23. Leviticus 19:12 : Ex 3:13; 20:7; Dt 18:19; Pr 18:10; Isa 42:8; Jer 44:16, 26; S Mt 5:33
  24. Leviticus 19:12 : Jer 34:16
  25. Leviticus 19:13 : S Ex 20:15
  26. Leviticus 19:13 : Lev 25:14, 17; S Ex 22:15, 25-27
  27. Leviticus 19:13 : Job 7:2; 24:12; 31:39; Isa 16:14; Mal 3:5
  28. Leviticus 19:13 : Dt 24:15; Jer 22:13; Mt 20:8; 1Ti 5:18; Jas 5:4
  29. Leviticus 19:14 : S Ex 4:11; Lev 21:18; Dt 27:18
  30. Leviticus 19:14 : ver 32; Lev 25:17, 36
  31. Leviticus 19:15 : S Ex 23:2; Ex 23:2, 6
  32. Leviticus 19:15 : Dt 24:17; Job 13:8, 10; 32:21; Pr 28:21
  33. Leviticus 19:15 : Job 34:19
  34. Leviticus 19:15 : S Ex 23:8; Pr 24:23; Mal 2:9; Jas 2:1-4
  35. Leviticus 19:16 : Ps 15:3; 31:13; 41:6; 101:5; Jer 6:28; 9:4; Eze 22:9
  36. Leviticus 19:16 : Ex 23:7; Dt 10:17; 27:25; Ps 15:5; Eze 22:12
  37. Leviticus 19:17 : S 1Jn 2:9
  38. Leviticus 19:17 : S Mt 18:15
  39. Leviticus 19:18 : S Ge 4:23; Ro 12:19; Heb 10:30
  40. Leviticus 19:18 : Ps 103:9
  41. Leviticus 19:18 : S Ex 12:48
  42. Leviticus 19:18 : S Ex 20:16
  43. Leviticus 19:18 : ver 34; S Mt 5:43*; 19:16*; 22:39*; Mk 12:31*; Lk 10:27*; Jn 13:34; Ro 13:9*; Gal 5:14*; Jas 2:8*
  44. Leviticus 19:19 : S Ge 26:5
  45. Leviticus 19:19 : Dt 22:9
  46. Leviticus 19:19 : Dt 22:11
  47. Leviticus 19:20 : Dt 22:23-27
  48. Leviticus 19:21 : S Lev 5:15
  49. Leviticus 19:22 : S Lev 5:15
  50. Leviticus 19:24 : S Ex 22:29
  51. Leviticus 19:26 : S Ge 9:4
  52. Leviticus 19:26 : S Ge 30:27; S Isa 44:25
  53. Leviticus 19:26 : S Ex 22:18; 2Ki 17:17
  54. Leviticus 19:27 : Lev 21:5; Dt 14:1; 2Sa 10:4-5; Jer 41:5; 48:37; Eze 5:1-5
  55. Leviticus 19:28 : Lev 21:5; Dt 14:1; 1Ki 18:28; Jer 16:6; 41:5; 47:5
  56. Leviticus 19:29 : Lev 21:9; Dt 23:18
  57. Leviticus 19:29 : Ge 34:7; Lev 21:9
  58. Leviticus 19:30 : S Ex 20:8
  59. Leviticus 19:30 : Lev 26:2
  60. Leviticus 19:31 : S Ex 22:18; 1Sa 28:7-20; 1Ch 10:13
  61. Leviticus 19:31 : Lev 20:6; 2Ki 21:6; 23:24; Isa 8:19; 19:3; 29:4; 47:12; 65:4
  62. Leviticus 19:32 : 1Ki 12:8
  63. Leviticus 19:32 : Job 32:4; Pr 23:22; La 5:12; 1Ti 5:1
  64. Leviticus 19:32 : S ver 14; Job 29:8
  65. Leviticus 19:32 : Lev 11:44; 25:17
  66. Leviticus 19:34 : S Ex 12:48
  67. Leviticus 19:34 : S ver 18
  68. Leviticus 19:34 : S Ex 22:21
  69. Leviticus 19:34 : Ex 23:9; Dt 10:19; 23:7; Ps 146:9
  70. Leviticus 19:35 : Dt 25:13-16
  71. Leviticus 19:36 : Job 31:6; Pr 11:1; Hos 12:7; Mic 6:11
  72. Leviticus 19:36 : Jdg 6:19; Ru 2:17; 1Sa 1:24; 17:17; Eze 45:10
  73. Leviticus 19:36 : Dt 25:13-15; Pr 20:10; Eze 45:11
  74. Leviticus 19:36 : S Ex 12:17
  75. Leviticus 19:37 : 2Ki 17:37; 2Ch 7:17; Ps 119:5; Eze 18:9
  76. Leviticus 19:37 : S Ge 26:5
  77. Leviticus 20:2 : ver 10; Ge 26:11; Ex 19:12
  78. Leviticus 20:2 : ver 27; Lev 24:14; Nu 15:35, 36; Dt 21:21; Jos 7:25
  79. Leviticus 20:3 : ver 5, 6; Lev 23:30
  80. Leviticus 20:3 : Ps 74:7; 79:1; Jer 7:30; Eze 5:11
  81. Leviticus 20:3 : S Lev 15:31
  82. Leviticus 20:3 : S Lev 18:21
  83. Leviticus 20:4 : Dt 17:2-5
  84. Leviticus 20:6 : S ver 3; S Lev 19:31
  85. Leviticus 20:7 : S Lev 11:44
  86. Leviticus 20:7 : S Ex 29:1; 31:13; Lev 11:45; Eph 1:4; 1Pe 1:16*
  87. Leviticus 20:7 : S Ex 6:2; S 20:2
  88. Leviticus 20:8 : S Ge 26:5
  89. Leviticus 20:8 : S Ex 31:13; Eze 20:12
  90. Leviticus 20:9 : Ex 20:12; Jer 35:16; Mal 1:6; 2:10
  91. Leviticus 20:9 : S Ex 20:12; Dt 27:16; Eze 22:7
  92. Leviticus 20:9 : Ex 21:17; Dt 21:20-21; Mt 15:4*; Mk 7:10*
  93. Leviticus 20:9 : ver 11; Dt 22:30; Jos 2:19; 2Sa 1:16; 3:29; 1Ki 2:37; Eze 18:13; 33:4, 5
  94. Leviticus 20:10 : Ex 20:14; Dt 5:18; 22:22; Jn 8:5
  95. Leviticus 20:10 : S Ge 38:24; S Ex 21:12
  96. Leviticus 20:11 : S Lev 18:7
  97. Leviticus 20:11 : S ver 9; S Lev 18:8
  98. Leviticus 20:12 : S Ge 11:31; S 38:16
  99. Leviticus 20:13 : Lev 18:22
  100. Leviticus 20:14 : S Lev 18:17
  101. Leviticus 20:14 : Lev 21:9; Nu 16:39; Jdg 14:15; 15:6
  102. Leviticus 20:14 : S Lev 18:8; Dt 27:23
  103. Leviticus 20:15 : S Ex 22:19
  104. Leviticus 20:15 : ver 10
  105. Leviticus 20:17 : S Lev 18:9
  106. Leviticus 20:17 : S Ge 17:14
  107. Leviticus 20:17 : S Lev 5:1
  108. Leviticus 20:18 : S Lev 15:24
  109. Leviticus 20:18 : Eze 18:6
  110. Leviticus 20:19 : S Lev 18:12
  111. Leviticus 20:20 : S Lev 18:13
  112. Leviticus 20:20 : ver 21; Ge 15:2
  113. Leviticus 20:21 : S Lev 18:16; Mt 14:4; Mk 6:18
  114. Leviticus 20:21 : S ver 20
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Mark 8:11-38

11 The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.(A) 12 He sighed deeply(B) and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod

14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast(C) of the Pharisees(D) and that of Herod.”(E)

16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?(F) 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

“Twelve,”(G) they replied.

20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

They answered, “Seven.”(H)

21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”(I)

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 They came to Bethsaida,(J) and some people brought a blind man(K) and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit(L) on the man’s eyes and put his hands on(M) him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into[a] the village.”

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah(N)

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist;(O) others say Elijah;(P) and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”(Q)

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.(R)

Jesus Predicts His Death(S)

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man(T) must suffer many things(U) and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law,(V) and that he must be killed(W) and after three days(X) rise again.(Y) 32 He spoke plainly(Z) about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!”(AA) he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.(AB) 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.(AC) 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man(AD) will be ashamed of them(AE) when he comes(AF) in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 8:26 Some manuscripts go and tell anyone in
  2. Mark 8:35 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verses 36 and 37.
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Psalm 42

BOOK II

Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42[a][b]

For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah.

As the deer(A) pants for streams of water,(B)
so my soul pants(C) for you, my God.
My soul thirsts(D) for God, for the living God.(E)
When can I go(F) and meet with God?
My tears(G) have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”(H)
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:(I)
how I used to go to the house of God(J)
under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy(K) and praise(L)
among the festive throng.(M)

Why, my soul, are you downcast?(N)
Why so disturbed(O) within me?
Put your hope in God,(P)
for I will yet praise(Q) him,
my Savior(R) and my God.(S)

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember(T) you
from the land of the Jordan,(U)
the heights of Hermon(V)—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep(W)
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.(X)

By day the Lord directs his love,(Y)
at night(Z) his song(AA) is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.(AB)

I say to God my Rock,(AC)
“Why have you forgotten(AD) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(AE)
oppressed(AF) by the enemy?”(AG)
10 My bones suffer mortal agony(AH)
as my foes taunt(AI) me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”(AJ)

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.(AK)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 42:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 42:1 In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.
  3. Psalm 42:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  4. Psalm 42:4 See Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
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Proverbs 10:17

17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,(A)
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 10:17 : Pr 6:23; 15:5
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday February 25, 2024 (NIV)

Leviticus 16:29-18:30

29 “This is to be a lasting ordinance(A) for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month(B) you must deny yourselves[a](C) and not do any work(D)—whether native-born(E) or a foreigner residing among you— 30 because on this day atonement will be made(F) for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.(G) 31 It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves;(H) it is a lasting ordinance.(I) 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained(J) to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments(K) 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.(L)

34 “This is to be a lasting ordinance(M) for you: Atonement is to be made once a year(N) for all the sins of the Israelites.”

And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses.

Eating Blood Forbidden

17 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and his sons(O) and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: Any Israelite who sacrifices an ox,[b] a lamb(P) or a goat(Q) in the camp or outside of it instead of bringing it to the entrance to the tent of meeting(R) to present it as an offering to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord(S)—that person shall be considered guilty of bloodshed; they have shed blood and must be cut off from their people.(T) This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the Lord, at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings.(U) The priest is to splash the blood against the altar(V) of the Lord(W) at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.(X) They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols[c](Y) to whom they prostitute themselves.(Z) This is to be a lasting ordinance(AA) for them and for the generations to come.’(AB)

“Say to them: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice and does not bring it to the entrance to the tent(AC) of meeting(AD) to sacrifice it to the Lord(AE) must be cut off from the people of Israel.

10 “‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood,(AF) and I will cut them off from the people. 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood,(AG) and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.[d](AH) 12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”

13 “‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,(AI) 14 because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”(AJ)

15 “‘Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything(AK) found dead or torn by wild animals(AL) must wash their clothes and bathe with water,(AM) and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening;(AN) then they will be clean. 16 But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be held responsible.(AO)’”

Unlawful Sexual Relations

18 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God.(AP) You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.(AQ) You must obey my laws(AR) and be careful to follow my decrees.(AS) I am the Lord your God.(AT) Keep my decrees and laws,(AU) for the person who obeys them will live by them.(AV) I am the Lord.

“‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.

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