1Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.2And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples3and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"4Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:5The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.6And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."7As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?8But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.9But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.10For this is he of whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.' 11"Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.14And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.15He who has ears to hear, let him hear!16But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,17and saying: 'We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.'18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."
1Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them,2"Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth:3Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud--that you may eat.4Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you;5the rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you;6the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you;7and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.8Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.9'These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers--that you may eat.10But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you.11They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination.12Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales--that shall be an abomination to you.13'And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard,14the kite, and the falcon after its kind;15every raven after its kind,16the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the sea gull, and the hawk after its kind;17the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl;18the white owl, the jackdaw, and the carrion vulture;19the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.20'All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you.21Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth.22These you may eat: the locust after its kind, the destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind.23But all other flying insects which have four feet shall be an abomination to you.24'By these you shall become unclean; whoever touches the carcass of any of them shall be unclean until evening;25whoever carries part of the carcass of any of them shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening:26The carcass of any animal which divides the foot, but is not cloven-hoofed or does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches it shall be unclean.27And whatever goes on its paws, among all kinds of animals that go on all fours, those are unclean to you. Whoever touches any such carcass shall be unclean until evening.28Whoever carries any such carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. It is unclean to you.29'These also shall be unclean to you among the creeping things that creep on the earth: the mole, the mouse, and the large lizard after its kind;30the gecko, the monitor lizard, the sand reptile, the sand lizard, and the chameleon.31These are unclean to you among all that creep. Whoever touches them when they are dead shall be unclean until evening.32Anything on which any of them falls, when they are dead shall be unclean, whether it is any item of wood or clothing or skin or sack, whatever item it is, in which any work is done, it must be put in water. And it shall be unclean until evening; then it shall be clean.33Any earthen vessel into which any of them falls you shall break; and whatever is in it shall be unclean:34in such a vessel, any edible food upon which water falls becomes unclean, and any drink that may be drunk from it becomes unclean.35And everything on which a part of any such carcass falls shall be unclean; whether it is an oven or cooking stove, it shall be broken down; for they are unclean, and shall be unclean to you.36Nevertheless a spring or a cistern, in which there is plenty of water, shall be clean, but whatever touches any such carcass becomes unclean.37And if a part of any such carcass falls on any planting seed which is to be sown, it remains clean.38But if water is put on the seed, and if a part of any such carcass falls on it, it becomes unclean to you.39'And if any animal which you may eat dies, he who touches its carcass shall be unclean until evening.40He who eats of its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. He also who carries its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening.41'And every creeping thing that creeps on the earth shall be an abomination. It shall not be eaten.42Whatever crawls on its belly, whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet among all creeping things that creep on the earth--these you shall not eat, for they are an abomination.43You shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creeps; nor shall you make yourselves unclean with them, lest you be defiled by them.44For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.45For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.46'This is the law of the animals and the birds and every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth,47to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.' "
1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,2"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean.3And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.4She shall then continue in the blood of her purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary until the days of her purification are fulfilled.5But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her customary impurity, and she shall continue in the blood of her purification sixty-six days.6'When the days of her purification are fulfilled, whether for a son or a daughter, she shall bring to the priest a lamb of the first year as a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove as a sin offering, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.7Then he shall offer it before the Lord, and make atonement for her. And she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who has borne a male or a female.8And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons--one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.' "
1Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them;2For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking.3Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;4By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.5A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;6For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.7Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.8He who plots to do evil Will be called a schemer.9The devising of foolishness is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.10If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.11Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.12If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?13My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;14So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.15Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place;16For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;18Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.19Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked;20For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.21My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those given to change;22For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?23These things also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment.24He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him.25But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, And a good blessing will come upon them.26He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.27Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.28Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?29Do not say, "I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."30I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;31And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.32When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:33A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest;34So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.