1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,2and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”3Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,4for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”5Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.6On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much7that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.8Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”9The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted10and had John beheaded in the prison.11His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.12John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
13When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.14When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”16Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”17“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.18“Bring them here to me,” he said.19And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.20They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.21The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
1The LORD said to Moses,2“Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him.3I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people; for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name.4If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death,5I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.6“ ‘I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.7“ ‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.8Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.9“ ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.10“ ‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.11“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with his father’s wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.12“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with his daughter-in-law, both of them are to be put to death. What they have done is a perversion; their blood will be on their own heads.13“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.14“ ‘If a man marries both a woman and her mother, it is wicked. Both he and they must be burned in the fire, so that no wickedness will be among you.15“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he is to be put to death, and you must kill the animal.16“ ‘If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.17“ ‘If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They are to be publicly removed from their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible.18“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with a woman during her monthly period, he has exposed the source of her flow, and she has also uncovered it. Both of them are to be cut off from their people.19“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with the sister of either your mother or your father, for that would dishonor a close relative; both of you would be held responsible.20“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with his aunt, he has dishonored his uncle. They will be held responsible; they will die childless.21“ ‘If a man marries his brother’s wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless.22“ ‘Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.23You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.24But I said to you, “You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the nations.25“ ‘You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds. Do not defile yourselves by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground—those that I have set apart as unclean for you.26You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.27“ ‘A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.’ ”
1The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die,2except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,3or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband—for her he may make himself unclean.4He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.5“ ‘Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.6They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the food offerings to the LORD, the food of their God, they are to be holy.7“ ‘They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.8Regard them as holy, because they offer up the food of your God. Consider them holy, because I the LORD am holy—I who make you holy.9“ ‘If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.10“ ‘The high priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head and who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments, must not let his hair become unkempt or tear his clothes.11He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,12nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD.13“ ‘The woman he marries must be a virgin.14He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people,15so that he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy.’ ”16The LORD said to Moses,17“Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.18No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;19no man with a crippled foot or hand,20or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.21No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the food offerings to the LORD. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God.22He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;23yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.’ ”24So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.
1The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail.2Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding.3I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!5“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.6Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.7“Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:8Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.9Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.10“Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.11“There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;12those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;13those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;14those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.15“The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’:16the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’17“The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.18“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:19the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.20“This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’21“Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:22a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,23a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.24“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:25Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;26hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;27locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;28a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.29“There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:30a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;31a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt.32“If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth!33For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.”