22Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.23All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”24But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”25Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.26If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.28But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.29“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.30“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.31And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.33“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.35A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
38Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”39He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.41The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.42The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.43“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
46While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.47Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
1The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,2“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When any man has an unusual bodily discharge, such a discharge is unclean.3Whether it continues flowing from his body or is blocked, it will make him unclean. This is how his discharge will bring about uncleanness:4“ ‘Any bed the man with a discharge lies on will be unclean, and anything he sits on will be unclean.5Anyone who touches his bed must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.6Whoever sits on anything that the man with a discharge sat on must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.7“ ‘Whoever touches the man who has a discharge must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.8“ ‘If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.9“ ‘Everything the man sits on when riding will be unclean,10and whoever touches any of the things that were under him will be unclean till evening; whoever picks up those things must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.11“ ‘Anyone the man with a discharge touches without rinsing his hands with water must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.12“ ‘A clay pot that the man touches must be broken, and any wooden article is to be rinsed with water.13“ ‘When a man is cleansed from his discharge, he is to count off seven days for his ceremonial cleansing; he must wash his clothes and bathe himself with fresh water, and he will be clean.14On the eighth day he must take two doves or two young pigeons and come before the LORD to the entrance to the tent of meeting and give them to the priest.15The priest is to sacrifice them, the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement before the LORD for the man because of his discharge.16“ ‘When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean till evening.17Any clothing or leather that has semen on it must be washed with water, and it will be unclean till evening.18When a man has sexual relations with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both of them must bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.19“ ‘When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.20“ ‘Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean.21Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.22Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.23Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, they will be unclean till evening.24“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean.25“ ‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.26Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period.27Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.28“ ‘When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean.29On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting.30The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the LORD for the uncleanness of her discharge.31“ ‘You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.’ ”32These are the regulations for a man with a discharge, for anyone made unclean by an emission of semen,33for a woman in her monthly period, for a man or a woman with a discharge, and for a man who has sexual relations with a woman who is ceremonially unclean.
1The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the LORD.2The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.3“This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.4He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on.5From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.6“Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household.7Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the entrance to the tent of meeting.8He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat.9Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering.10But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.11“Aaron shall bring the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household, and he is to slaughter the bull for his own sin offering.12He is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain.13He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the tablets of the covenant law, so that he will not die.14He is to take some of the bull’s blood and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover.15“He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull’s blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it.16In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the tent of meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness.17No one is to be in the tent of meeting from the time Aaron goes in to make atonement in the Most Holy Place until he comes out, having made atonement for himself, his household and the whole community of Israel.18“Then he shall come out to the altar that is before the LORD and make atonement for it. He shall take some of the bull’s blood and some of the goat’s blood and put it on all the horns of the altar.19He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times to cleanse it and to consecrate it from the uncleanness of the Israelites.20“When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat.21He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task.22The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.23“Then Aaron is to go into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments he put on before he entered the Most Holy Place, and he is to leave them there.24He shall bathe himself with water in the sanctuary area and put on his regular garments. Then he shall come out and sacrifice the burnt offering for himself and the burnt offering for the people, to make atonement for himself and for the people.25He shall also burn the fat of the sin offering on the altar.26“The man who releases the goat as a scapegoat must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; afterward he may come into the camp.27The bull and the goat for the sin offerings, whose blood was brought into the Most Holy Place to make atonement, must be taken outside the camp; their hides, flesh and intestines are to be burned up.28The man who burns them must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; afterward he may come into the camp.29“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you—30because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins.31It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance.32The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments33and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.34“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.” And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses.
1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.2Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.3Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.4Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?5Better is open rebuke than hidden love.6Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.7One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.8Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.9Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.10Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.11Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.12The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.13Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.14If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.15A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;16restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.18The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.19As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.20Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.21The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.22Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.23Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;24for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.25When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,26the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.27You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.