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Daily Readings for March 25
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Numbers 6


1.Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2."Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them: 'When either man or woman shall make a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to Yahweh, 3.he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of fermented drink, neither shall he drink any juice of grapes, nor eat fresh grapes or dried. 4.All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is made of the grapevine, from the seeds even to the skins.

5."'All the days of his vow of separation no razor shall come on his head, until the days are fulfilled, in which he separates himself to Yahweh. He shall be holy. He shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow long.

6."'All the days that he separates himself to Yahweh he shall not go near a dead body. 7.He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die; because his separation to God3 is on his head. 8.All the days of his separation he is holy to Yahweh.

9."'If any man dies very suddenly beside him, and he defiles the head of his separation; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing. On the seventh day he shall shave it. 10.On the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the door of the Tent of Meeting. 11.The priest shall offer one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him, because he sinned by reason of the dead, and shall make his head holy that same day. 12.He shall separate to Yahweh the days of his separation, and shall bring a male lamb a year old for a trespass offering; but the former days shall be void, because his separation was defiled.

13."'This is the law of the Nazirite: when the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the Tent of Meeting, 14.and he shall offer his offering to Yahweh, one male lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings, 15.and a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and their meal offering, and their drink offerings. 16.The priest shall present them before Yahweh, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering. 17.He shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh, with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest shall offer also its meal offering, and its drink offering. 18.The Nazirite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the Tent of Meeting, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings. 19.The priest shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaved the head of his separation; 20.and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before Yahweh. This is holy for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is offered. After that the Nazirite may drink wine.

21."'This is the law of the Nazirite who vows, and of his offering to Yahweh for his separation, besides that which he is able to get. According to his vow which he vows, so he must do after the law of his separation.'"

22.Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 23."Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'This is how you shall bless the children of Israel.' You shall tell them, 24.'Yahweh bless you, and keep you. 25.Yahweh make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. 26.Yahweh lift up his face toward you, and give you peace.'

27."So they shall put my name on the children of Israel; and I will bless them."


Proverbs 3


1.My son, don't forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments: 2.for length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they add to you. 3.Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4.So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5.Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding. 6.In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7.Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil. 8.It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones. 9.Honor Yahweh with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase: your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. 11.My son, don't despise Yahweh's discipline, neither be weary of his reproof: 12.for whom Yahweh loves, he reproves; even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

13.Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding. 14.For her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold. 15.She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her. 16.Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor. 17.Her ways are ways of pleasantness. All her paths are peace. 18.She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her. 19.By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth. By understanding, he established the heavens. 20.By his knowledge, the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew. 21.My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion: they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck. 23.Then you shall walk in your way securely. Your foot won't stumble. 24.When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet. 25.Don't be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes: 26.for Yahweh will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being taken.

27.Don't withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. 28.Don't say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it to you," when you have it by you. 29.Don't devise evil against your neighbor, since he dwells securely by you. 30.Don't strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm. 31.Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways. 32.For the perverse is an abomination to Yahweh, but his friendship is with the upright. 33.Yahweh's curse is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the habitation of the righteous. 34.Surely he mocks the mockers, but he gives grace to the humble. 35.The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.


Luke 17


1.He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no occasions of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2.It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3.Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. 4.If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

5.The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."

6.The Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, 'Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. 7.But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, 'Come immediately and sit down at the table,' 8.and will not rather tell him, 'Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink'? 9.Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not. 10.Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.'"

11.It happened as he was on his way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. 12.As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance. 13.They lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

14.When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." It happened that as they went, they were cleansed. 15.One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice. 16.He fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. 17.Jesus answered, "Weren't the ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18.Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?" 19.Then he said to him, "Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you."

20.Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The Kingdom of God doesn't come with observation; 21.neither will they say, 'Look, here!' or, 'Look, there!' for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."

22.He said to the disciples, "The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23.They will tell you, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Don't go away, nor follow after them, 24.for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25.But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26.As it happened in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man. 27.They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28.Likewise, even as it happened in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29.but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all. 30.It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31.In that day, he who will be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back. 32.Remember Lot's wife! 33.Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it. 34.I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left. 35.There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left." 36.42

37.They, answering, asked him, "Where, Lord?"

He said to them, "Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together."


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