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Daily Readings for March 22
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Numbers 3


1.Now this is the history of the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that Yahweh spoke with Moses in Mount Sinai. 2.These are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

3.These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests who were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest's office. 4.Nadab and Abihu died before Yahweh, when they offered strange fire before Yahweh, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children. Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the presence of Aaron their father.

5.Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 6."Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him. 7.They shall keep his requirements, and the requirements of the whole congregation before the Tent of Meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle. 8.They shall keep all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting, and the obligations of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle. 9.You shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons. They are wholly given to him on the behalf of the children of Israel. 10.You shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall keep their priesthood. The stranger who comes near shall be put to death."

11.Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 12."Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn who open the womb among the children of Israel; and the Levites shall be mine: 13.for all the firstborn are mine. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I made holy to me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and animal. They shall be mine. I am Yahweh."

14.Yahweh spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying, 15."Count the children of Levi by their fathers' houses, by their families. You shall count every male from a month old and upward."

16.Moses numbered them according to the word of Yahweh, as he was commanded.

17.These were the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.

18.These are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families: Libni and Shimei.

19.The sons of Kohath by their families: Amram, and Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

20.The sons of Merari by their families: Mahli and Mushi.

These are the families of the Levites according to their fathers' houses.

21.Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimeites: these are the families of the Gershonites.

22.Those who were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those who were numbered of them were seven thousand five hundred.

23.The families of the Gershonites shall encamp behind the tabernacle westward.

24.The prince of the fathers' house of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael. 25.The duty of the sons of Gershon in the Tent of Meeting shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, its covering, and the screen for the door of the Tent of Meeting, 26.and the hangings of the court, and the screen for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and around the altar, and its cords for all of its service.

27.Of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites. 28.According to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, there were eight thousand six hundred, keeping the requirements of the sanctuary.

29.The families of the sons of Kohath shall encamp on the south side of the tabernacle. 30.The prince of the fathers' house of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. 31.Their duty shall be the ark, the table, the lamp stand, the altars, the vessels of the sanctuary with which they minister, and the screen, and all its service. 32.Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be prince of the princes of the Levites, with the oversight of those who keep the requirements of the sanctuary.

33.Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites. These are the families of Merari. 34.Those who were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand two hundred.

35.The prince of the fathers' house of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail. They shall encamp on the north side of the tabernacle. 36.The appointed duty of the sons of Merari shall be the tabernacle's boards, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, all its instruments, all its service, 37.the pillars of the court around it, their sockets, their pins, and their cords. 38.Those who encamp before the tabernacle eastward, in front of the Tent of Meeting toward the sunrise, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the requirements of the sanctuary for the duty of the children of Israel. The stranger who comes near shall be put to death. 39.All who were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of Yahweh, by their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty-two thousand.

40.Yahweh said to Moses, "Number all the firstborn males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names. 41.You shall take the Levites for me (I am Yahweh) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the livestock of the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the livestock of the children of Israel."

42.Moses numbered, as Yahweh commanded him, all the firstborn among the children of Israel. 43.All the firstborn males according to the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those who were numbered of them, were twenty-two thousand two hundred seventy-three.

44.Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 45."Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites instead of their livestock; and the Levites shall be mine. I am Yahweh. 46.For the redemption of the two hundred seventy-three of the firstborn of the children of Israel, who exceed the number of the Levites, shall take five shekels apiece for each one; after the shekel of the sanctuary you shall take them (the shekel is twenty gerahs): 48.and you shall give the money, with which their remainder is redeemed, to Aaron and to his sons."

49.Moses took the redemption money from those who exceeded the number of those who were redeemed by the Levites; 50.from the firstborn of the children of Israel he took the money, one thousand three hundred sixty-five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 51.and Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of Yahweh, as Yahweh commanded Moses.


Psalm 148


1.Praise Yah! Praise Yahweh from the heavens! Praise him in the heights! 2.Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all his army! 3.Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you shining stars! 4.Praise him, you heavens of heavens, You waters that are above the heavens. 5.Let them praise the name of Yahweh, For he commanded, and they were created. 6.He has also established them forever and ever. He has made a decree which will not pass away. 7.Praise Yahweh from the earth, you great sea creatures, and all depths! 8.Lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling his word; 9.mountains and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars; 10.wild animals and all livestock; small creatures and flying birds; 11.kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; 12.both young men and maidens; old men and children: 13.let them praise the name of Yahweh, for his name alone is exalted. His glory is above the earth and the heavens. 14.He has lifted up the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near to him. Praise Yah!


Psalm 149


1.Praise Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. 2.Let Israel rejoice in him who made them. Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3.Let them praise his name in the dance! Let them sing praises to him with tambourine and harp! 4.For Yahweh takes pleasure in his people. He crowns the humble with salvation. 5.Let the saints rejoice in honor. Let them sing for joy on their beds. 6.May the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hand; 7.To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; 8.To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; execute on them the written judgment. All his saints have this honor. Praise Yah!


Psalm 150


1.Praise Yah! Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise him in his heavens for his acts of power! 2.Praise him for his mighty acts! Praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3.Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet! Praise him with harp and lyre! 4.Praise him with tambourine and dancing! Praise him with stringed instruments and flute! 5.Praise him with loud cymbals! Praise him with resounding cymbals! 6.Let everything that has breath praise Yah! Praise Yah!


Luke 13


1.Now there were some present at the same time who told him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2.Jesus answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3.I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way. 4.Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them; do you think that they were worse offenders than all the men who dwell in Jerusalem? 5.I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way."

6.He spoke this parable. "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. 7.He said to the vine dresser, 'Behold, these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and found none. Cut it down. Why does it waste the soil?' 8.He answered, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it. 9.If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.'"

10.He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. 11.Behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was bent over, and could in no way straighten herself up. 12.When Jesus saw her, he called her, and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." 13.He laid his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight, and glorified God.

14.The ruler of the synagogue, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the multitude, "There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day!"

15.Therefore the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each one of you free his ox or his donkey from the stall on the Sabbath, and lead him away to water? 16.Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound eighteen long years, be freed from this bondage on the Sabbath day?"

17.As he said these things, all his adversaries were disappointed, and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

18.He said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it? 19.It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and put in his own garden. It grew, and became a large tree, and the birds of the sky lodged in its branches."

20.Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? 21.It is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in three measures33 of flour, until it was all leavened."

22.He went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and traveling on to Jerusalem. 23.One said to him, "Lord, are they few who are saved?"

He said to them, 24."Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able. 25.When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside, and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' then he will answer and tell you, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' 26.Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' 27.He will say, 'I tell you, I don't know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.' 28.There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves being thrown outside. 29.They will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down in the Kingdom of God. 30.Behold, there are some who are last who will be first, and there are some who are first who will be last."

31.On that same day, some Pharisees came, saying to him, "Get out of here, and go away, for Herod wants to kill you."

32.He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I complete my mission. 33.Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, for it can't be that a prophet perish outside of Jerusalem.'

34."Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her own brood under her wings, and you refused! 35.Behold, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"34


Luke 14


1.It happened, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him. 2.Behold, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him. 3.Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"

4.But they were silent.

He took him, and healed him, and let him go. 5.He answered them, "Which of you, if your son35 or an ox fell into a well, wouldn't immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?"

6.They couldn't answer him regarding these things.

7.He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them, 8."When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don't sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him, 9.and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place. 10.But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11.For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

12.He also said to the one who had invited him, "When you make a dinner or a supper, don't call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors, or perhaps they might also return the favor, and pay you back. 13.But when you make a feast, ask the poor, the maimed, the lame, or the blind; 14.and you will be blessed, because they don't have the resources to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous."

15.When one of those who sat at the table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is he who will feast in the Kingdom of God!"

16.But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people. 17.He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.' 18.They all as one began to make excuses.

"The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please have me excused.'

19."Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go try them out. Please have me excused.'

20."Another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't come.'

21."That servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.'

22."The servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you commanded, and there is still room.'

23."The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24.For I tell you that none of those men who were invited will taste of my supper.'"

25.Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them, 26."If anyone comes to me, and doesn't disregard36 his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple. 27.Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple. 28.For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? 29.Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him, 30.saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.' 31.Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32.Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace. 33.So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple. 34.Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it? 35.It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


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