1Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.2With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.3Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?4Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”5When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.6Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.7About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.8Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”9Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”10At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.11Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
12The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.13No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.14Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.15As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.16Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
1No one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the LORD.2No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation.3No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation.4For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you.5However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.6Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.7Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country.8The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the LORD.
9When you are encamped against your enemies, keep away from everything impure.10If one of your men is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, he is to go outside the camp and stay there.11But as evening approaches he is to wash himself, and at sunset he may return to the camp.12Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself.13As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement.14For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.
15If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand them over to their master.16Let them live among you wherever they like and in whatever town they choose. Do not oppress them.17No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute.18You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the LORD your God to pay any vow, because the LORD your God detests them both.19Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.20You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the LORD your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.21If you make a vow to the LORD your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the LORD your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin.22But if you refrain from making a vow, you will not be guilty.23Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth.24If you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat all the grapes you want, but do not put any in your basket.25If you enter your neighbor’s grainfield, you may pick kernels with your hands, but you must not put a sickle to their standing grain.
1If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house,2and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man,3and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies,4then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the LORD. Do not bring sin upon the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.5If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.6Do not take a pair of millstones—not even the upper one—as security for a debt, because that would be taking a person’s livelihood as security.7If someone is caught kidnapping a fellow Israelite and treating or selling them as a slave, the kidnapper must die. You must purge the evil from among you.8In cases of defiling skin diseases, be very careful to do exactly as the Levitical priests instruct you. You must follow carefully what I have commanded them.9Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam along the way after you came out of Egypt.10When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, do not go into their house to get what is offered to you as a pledge.11Stay outside and let the neighbor to whom you are making the loan bring the pledge out to you.12If the neighbor is poor, do not go to sleep with their pledge in your possession.13Return their cloak by sunset so that your neighbor may sleep in it. Then they will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the LORD your God.14Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.15Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.16Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.17Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.18Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this.19When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.20When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow.21When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow.22Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:2“Would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot east wind?3Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?4But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.5Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.6Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.7“Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?8Do you listen in on God’s council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?9What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?10The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.11Are God’s consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?12Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,13so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?14“What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?15If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,16how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water!17“Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,18what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors19(to whom alone the land was given when no foreigners moved among them):20All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.21Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.22He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword.23He wanders about for food like a vulture; he knows the day of darkness is at hand.24Distress and anguish fill him with terror; troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,25because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty,26defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield.27“Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh,28he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.29He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.30He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God’s mouth will carry him away.31Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.32Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish.33He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.34For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.35They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit.”