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Numbers 12


1.Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman. 2.They said, "Has Yahweh indeed spoken only with Moses? Hasn't he spoken also with us?" And Yahweh heard it.

3.Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth. 4.Yahweh spoke suddenly to Moses, to Aaron, and to Miriam, "You three come out to the Tent of Meeting!"

The three of them came out. 5.Yahweh came down in a pillar of cloud, and stood at the door of the Tent, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forward. 6.He said, "Hear now my words. If there is a prophet among you, I Yahweh will make myself known to him in a vision. I will speak with him in a dream. 7.My servant Moses is not so. He is faithful in all my house. 8.With him I will speak mouth to mouth, even plainly, and not in riddles; and he shall see Yahweh's form. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses?" 9.The anger of Yahweh was kindled against them; and he departed. 10.The cloud departed from over the Tent; and behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. Aaron looked at Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.

11.Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord, please don't count this sin against us, in which we have done foolishly, and in which we have sinned. 12.Let her not, I pray, be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother's womb."

13.Moses cried to Yahweh, saying, "Heal her, God, I beg you!"

14.Yahweh said to Moses, "If her father had but spit in her face, shouldn't she be ashamed seven days? Let her be shut up outside of the camp seven days, and after that she shall be brought in again."

15.Miriam was shut up outside of the camp seven days, and the people didn't travel until Miriam was brought in again. 16.Afterward the people traveled from Hazeroth, and encamped in the wilderness of Paran.


Numbers 13


1.Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2."Send men, that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel. Of every tribe of their fathers, you shall send a man, every one a prince among them."

3.Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran according to the commandment of Yahweh: all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel. 4.These were their names: Of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur. 5.Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori. 6.Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. 7.Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph. 8.Of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun. 9.Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu. 10.Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi. 11.Of the tribe of Joseph, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi. 12.Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli. 13.Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael. 14.Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi. 15.Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi. 16.These are the names of the men who Moses sent to spy out the land. Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua. 17.Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, "Go up this way by the South, and go up into the hill country: 18.and see the land, what it is; and the people who dwell therein, whether they are strong or weak, whether they are few or many; 19.and what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they are that they dwell in, whether in camps, or in strongholds; 20.and what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is wood therein, or not. Be courageous, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first-ripe grapes." 21.So they went up, and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, to the entrance of Hamath. 22.They went up by the South, and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23.They came to the valley of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it on a staff between two. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. 24.That place was called the valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the children of Israel cut down from there. 25.They returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days. 26.They went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, to the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word to them, and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27.They told him, and said, "We came to the land where you sent us; and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is its fruit. 28.However the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. Moreover, we saw the children of Anak there. 29.Amalek dwells in the land of the South: and the Hittite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan." 30.Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." 31.But the men who went up with him said, "We aren't able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we." 32.They brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out to the children of Israel, saying, "The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eats up its inhabitants; and all the people who we saw in it are men of great stature. 33.There we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."


Proverbs 8


1.Doesn't wisdom cry out? Doesn't understanding raise her voice? 2.On the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she stands. 3.Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entry doors, she cries aloud: 4."To you men, I call! I send my voice to the sons of mankind. 5.You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart. 6.Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things. 7.For my mouth speaks truth. Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8.All the words of my mouth are in righteousness. There is nothing crooked or perverse in them. 9.They are all plain to him who understands, right to those who find knowledge. 10.Receive my instruction rather than silver; knowledge rather than choice gold. 11.For wisdom is better than rubies. All the things that may be desired can't be compared to it.

12."I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion. 13.The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth. 14.Counsel and sound knowledge are mine. I have understanding and power. 15.By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 16.By me princes rule; nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth. 17.I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me. 18.With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity. 19.My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; my yield than choice silver. 20.I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice; 21.That I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries.

22."Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work, before his deeds of old. 23.I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed. 24.When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25.Before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was brought forth; 26.while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world. 27.When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle on the surface of the deep, 28.when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong, 29.when he gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth; 30.then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him, 31.Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.

32."Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways. 33.Hear instruction, and be wise. Don't refuse it. 34.Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts. 35.For whoever finds me, finds life, and will obtain favor from Yahweh. 36.But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death."


Proverbs 9


1.Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars. 2.She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has also set her table. 3.She has sent out her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city: 4."Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him, 5."Come, eat some of my bread, Drink some of the wine which I have mixed! 6.Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding."

7.He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse. 8.Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9.Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. 10.The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11.For by me your days will be multiplied. The years of your life will be increased. 12.If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.

13.The foolish woman is loud, Undisciplined, and knows nothing. 14.She sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15.To call to those who pass by, who go straight on their ways, 16."Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." as for him who is void of understanding, she says to him, 17."Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is pleasant." 18.But he doesn't know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol6.


Luke 22


1.Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the Passover, drew near. 2.The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death, for they feared the people. 3.Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered with the twelve. 4.He went away, and talked with the chief priests and captains about how he might deliver him to them. 5.They were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6.He consented, and sought an opportunity to deliver him to them in the absence of the multitude. 7.The day of unleavened bread came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed. 8.He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat."

9.They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare?"

10.He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters. 11.Tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' 12.He will show you a large, furnished upper room. Make preparations there."

13.They went, found things as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 14.When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve apostles. 15.He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, 16.for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." 17.He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, "Take this, and share it among yourselves, 18.for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God comes."

19.He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me." 20.Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21.But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22.The Son of Man indeed goes, as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed!"

23.They began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing. 24.There arose also a contention among them, which of them was considered to be greatest. 25.He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.' 26.But not so with you. But one who is the greater among you, let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one who serves. 27.For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? Isn't it he who sits at the table? But I am in the midst of you as one who serves. 28.But you are those who have continued with me in my trials. 29.I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me, 30.that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. You will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

31.The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, 32.but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers56."

33.He said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!"

34.He said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will by no means crow today until you deny that you know me three times."

35.He said to them, "When I sent you out without purse, and wallet, and shoes, did you lack anything?"

They said, "Nothing."

36.Then he said to them, "But now, whoever has a purse, let him take it, and likewise a wallet. Whoever has none, let him sell his cloak, and buy a sword. 37.For I tell you that this which is written must still be fulfilled in me: 'He was counted with transgressors.'57 For that which concerns me has an end."

38.They said, "Lord, behold, here are two swords."

He said to them, "That is enough."

39.He came out, and went, as his custom was, to the Mount of Olives. His disciples also followed him. 40.When he was at the place, he said to them, "Pray that you don't enter into temptation."

41.He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed, 42.saying, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done."

43.An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. 44.Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.

45.When he rose up from his prayer, he came to the disciples, and found them sleeping because of grief, 46.and said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation."

47.While he was still speaking, behold, a multitude, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He came near to Jesus to kiss him. 48.But Jesus said to him, "Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"

49.When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?" 50.A certain one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

51.But Jesus answered, "Let me at least do this"--and he touched his ear, and healed him. 52.Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and elders, who had come against him, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53.When I was with you in the temple daily, you didn't stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."

54.They seized him, and led him away, and brought him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed from a distance. 55.When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and had sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56.A certain servant girl saw him as he sat in the light, and looking intently at him, said, "This man also was with him."

57.He denied Jesus, saying, "Woman, I don't know him."

58.After a little while someone else saw him, and said, "You also are one of them!"

But Peter answered, "Man, I am not!"

59.After about one hour passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, "Truly this man also was with him, for he is a Galilean!"

60.But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61.The Lord turned, and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the Lord's word, how he said to him, "Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times." 62.He went out, and wept bitterly.

63.The men who held Jesus mocked him and beat him. 64.Having blindfolded him, they struck him on the face and asked him, "Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?" 65.They spoke many other things against him, insulting him.

66.As soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him away into their council, saying, 67."If you are the Christ, tell us."

But he said to them, "If I tell you, you won't believe, 68.and if I ask, you will in no way answer me or let me go. 69.From now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

70.They all said, "Are you then the Son of God?"

He said to them, "You say it, because I am."

71.They said, "Why do we need any more witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth!"


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