1This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,2and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”3Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.4Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!5Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham.6This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.7And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater.8In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.9One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,10because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?12For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.13He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.14For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.15And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,16one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.17For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”18The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless19(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.20And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,21but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’ ”22Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.23Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.25Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.26Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.27Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.28For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
1Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.2There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.3So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”4When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”5“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”6Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.7The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.8So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.9And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.10So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”11But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”12And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”13Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”14God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”15God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.16“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt.17And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’18“The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’19But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.20So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.21“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.22Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”
1Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?”2Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.3The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.4Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.5“This,” said the LORD, “is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”6Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous —it had become as white as snow.7“Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.8Then the LORD said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second.9But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”10Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”11The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?12Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”13But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”14Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.15You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.16He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.17But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
18Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”19Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”20So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.21The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.22Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,23and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’ ”24At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him.25But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.26So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)27The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.28Then Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.29Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,30and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people,31and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
1Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.2The LORD protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.3The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.4I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”5My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?”6When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around.7All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying,8“A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.”9Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.10But may you have mercy on me, LORD; raise me up, that I may repay them.11I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me.12Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.13Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.