29 This shall be a perpetual statute for you so that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble yourselves, and do no work of any kind, whether it is the native citizen or the stranger who sojourns among you. 30 For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you to cleanse you, so that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. 31 It shall be a sabbath, a solemn rest for you, and you shall humble yourselves. It is a perpetual statute. 32 The priest, who is anointed and consecrated to minister as a priest in the place of his father, shall make atonement, and shall put on the linen garments, the holy garments. 33 And he shall make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, for the tent of meeting, and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.
34 This shall be a perpetual statute for you to make atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year.
And Moses did as the Lord commanded him.
The Law About Eating Blood
17 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to Aaron, and to his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them: This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, saying: 3 If anyone of the house of Israel ritually slaughters an ox, a lamb, or goat in the camp, or slaughters it outside of the camp, 4 and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it as a gift to the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord, then blood guilt shall be accounted to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people. 5 This is so that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them to the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting, to the priest, and offer them for peace offerings to the Lord. 6 The priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and burn the fat for a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 7 They shall no more offer their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they have acted like whores. This shall be a perpetual statute for them throughout their generations.
8 You shall say to them: Any man from the house of Israel, or from the foreigners who sojourn among you, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice, 9 and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the Lord, even that man shall be cut off from among his people.
10 Whoever from the house of Israel, or from the strangers who sojourn among you, who eats any manner of blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your lives; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. 12 Therefore I said to the children of Israel: No person among you shall eat blood, nor shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood.
13 Whoever from the children of Israel, or from the foreigners who sojourn among you, who hunts and catches any wild animal or fowl that may be eaten, he shall even pour out the blood and cover it with dirt. 14 For the life of every creature is its blood; in its blood is its life. Therefore I said to the children of Israel: You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.
15 Every person who eats that which died of itself, or that which was torn by animals, whether he is a native citizen or a foreigner, he shall both wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. Then he shall be clean. 16 But if he does not wash them or bathe his body, then he shall bear his iniquity.
Laws on Immoral Relations
18 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: I am the Lord your God. 3 After the practices of the land of Egypt, from where you lived, you shall not follow, and after the practices of the land of Canaan, to where I will bring you, you shall not follow; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. 4 You shall follow My decrees and keep My ordinances to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does them, then he shall live by them: I am the Lord.
6 None of you shall approach any of his near relatives to have relations: I am the Lord.
7 You shall not have relations with your father or have relations with your mother. She is your mother. You shall not have relations with her.
8 You shall not have relations with your father’s wife, for this exposes your father’s nakedness.
9 You shall not have relations with your sister, whether your father’s or mother’s daughter, whether raised in the family or another home.
10 You shall not have relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, for this exposes your own nakedness.
11 You shall not have relations with your father’s wife’s daughter who is raised in your father’s family, for she is your sister.
12 You shall not have relations with your father’s sister, for she is your father’s relative.
13 You shall not have relations with your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s relative.
14 You shall not expose the nakedness of your father’s brother. You shall not approach his wife for relations; she is your aunt.
15 You shall not have relations with your daughter-in-law, for she is your son’s wife—you shall not have relations with her.
16 You shall not have relations with your brother’s wife, for this exposes your brother’s nakedness.
17 You shall not have relations with a woman and her daughter, nor shall you have her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, for this exposes the woman’s nakedness. They are all near relatives. It is depravity.
18 And you shall not have a woman as a rival wife, who is the sister of your other wife, for this is to expose her nakedness while her sister, your other wife, is still alive.
19 Also you shall not approach a woman to have relations as long as she is in her menstrual uncleanness.
20 Moreover, you shall not have relations with your neighbor’s wife to defile yourself with her.
21 You shall not let any of your children be offered through the fire to Molek, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
22 You shall not lie with a man as one does with a woman. It is an abomination.
23 You shall not lie with an animal to defile yourself, nor shall any woman lie with an animal. It is a perversion.
24 Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for in these practices the nations I am casting out before you have defiled themselves. 25 And the land has become defiled; therefore I have punished its iniquity, and the land has vomited out her inhabitants. 26 But you shall therefore keep My statutes and My decrees, and you shall not commit any of these abominations, either the native citizen or any foreigner who sojourns among you 27 (for the people of the land, who were before you, committed all of these abominations, and the land became defiled), 28 lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
29 For whoever shall commit any of these abominations, those persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Therefore you shall keep My ordinances, that you do not commit any one of these abominable customs which were committed before you, so that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God.
The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith(A)
24 From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. He entered a house and would have no one know it. Yet He could not be hidden. 25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of Him, and came and fell at His feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. And she begged Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
27 Jesus said to her, “Let the children first be filled. For it is not fitting to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
28 She answered, “Yes, Lord. Yet the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
29 Then He said to her, “For this answer, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
30 When she had come to her house, she found the demon had gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.
The Deaf and Mute Man Healed
31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to Him one who was deaf and had difficulty speaking. And they pleaded with Him to put His hand on him.
33 He took him aside from the crowd, and put His fingers into his ears, and spat and touched his tongue. 34 Looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosened, and he spoke correctly.
36 He ordered them to tell no one. But the more He ordered them, the more they greatly proclaimed it. 37 They were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
The Feeding of the Four Thousand(B)
8 In those days, the crowds being very great with nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have now been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint on the way, for some of them have come from afar.”
4 His disciples answered, “Where can one get bread to feed these men here in the wilderness?”
5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They said, “Seven.”
6 He commanded the people to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves and giving thanks, He broke them and gave them to His disciples to serve. And they served the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish. And blessing them, He commanded that these also be served them. 8 So they ate and were filled. And they collected seven baskets of the broken pieces that were left. 9 There were about four thousand who had eaten, and He sent them away. 10 He immediately entered a boat with His disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha.
For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.
1 Blessed are those who consider the poor;
the Lord will deliver them in the day of trouble.
2 The Lord will preserve them and keep them alive,
and they will be blessed on the earth,
and You will not deliver them to the will of their enemies.
3 The Lord will sustain them on the sickbed;
You will restore all his lying down in his illness.
4 I said, “Lord, be gracious to me;
heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
5 My enemies speak evil of me:
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
6 And if people come to see me, they speak insincerely;
their heart gathers iniquity to itself,
when they go outside, they tell it.
7 All who hate me whisper together against me;
they devise harm against me.
8 “An evil disease clings to him.
And now that he lies down, he will not rise up again.”
9 Yes, my own close friend,
in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread,
has lifted up the heel against me.
10 But You, O Lord, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them.
11 By this I know that You favor me,
because my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
and set me before You forever.
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
from everlasting and to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.
15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labor of the righteous tends to life,
the fruit of the wicked to sin.