22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.23After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,24and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.25Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”34When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him36and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
1The LORD said to Moses,2“Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name. I am the LORD.3“Say to them: ‘For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the LORD, that person must be cut off from my presence. I am the LORD.4“ ‘If a descendant of Aaron has a defiling skin disease or a bodily discharge, he may not eat the sacred offerings until he is cleansed. He will also be unclean if he touches something defiled by a corpse or by anyone who has an emission of semen,5or if he touches any crawling thing that makes him unclean, or any person who makes him unclean, whatever the uncleanness may be.6The one who touches any such thing will be unclean till evening. He must not eat any of the sacred offerings unless he has bathed himself with water.7When the sun goes down, he will be clean, and after that he may eat the sacred offerings, for they are his food.8He must not eat anything found dead or torn by wild animals, and so become unclean through it. I am the LORD.9“ ‘The priests are to perform my service in such a way that they do not become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.10“ ‘No one outside a priest’s family may eat the sacred offering, nor may the guest of a priest or his hired worker eat it.11But if a priest buys a slave with money, or if slaves are born in his household, they may eat his food.12If a priest’s daughter marries anyone other than a priest, she may not eat any of the sacred contributions.13But if a priest’s daughter becomes a widow or is divorced, yet has no children, and she returns to live in her father’s household as in her youth, she may eat her father’s food. No unauthorized person, however, may eat it.14“ ‘Anyone who eats a sacred offering by mistake must make restitution to the priest for the offering and add a fifth of the value to it.15The priests must not desecrate the sacred offerings the Israelites present to the LORD16by allowing them to eat the sacred offerings and so bring upon them guilt requiring payment. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.’ ”
17The LORD said to Moses,18“Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘If any of you—whether an Israelite or a foreigner residing in Israel—presents a gift for a burnt offering to the LORD, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering,19you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf.20Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.21When anyone brings from the herd or flock a fellowship offering to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering, it must be without defect or blemish to be acceptable.22Do not offer to the LORD the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the LORD.23You may, however, present as a freewill offering an ox or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow.24You must not offer to the LORD an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut. You must not do this in your own land,25and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a foreigner and offer them as the food of your God. They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.’ ”26The LORD said to Moses,27“When a calf, a lamb or a goat is born, it is to remain with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as a food offering presented to the LORD.28Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day.29“When you sacrifice a thank offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.30It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning. I am the LORD.31“Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD.32Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy33and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD.”
4“ ‘These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times:5The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.6On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast.7On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.8For seven days present a food offering to the LORD. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.’ ”
9The LORD said to Moses,10“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest.11He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.12On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the LORD a lamb a year old without defect,13together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the LORD, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin of wine.14You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.
15“ ‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks.16Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.17From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the LORD.18Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the LORD, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.19Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering.20The priest is to wave the two lambs before the LORD as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the LORD for the priest.21On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.22“ ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.’ ”
23The LORD said to Moses,24“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.25Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the LORD.’ ”
26The LORD said to Moses,27“The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the LORD.28Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God.29Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people.30I will destroy from among their people anyone who does any work on that day.31You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.32It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.”
33The LORD said to Moses,34“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.35The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.36For seven days present food offerings to the LORD, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the LORD. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.37(“ ‘These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the LORD—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day.38These offerings are in addition to those for the LORD’s Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the LORD.)39“ ‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD for seven days; the first day is a day of sabbath rest, and the eighth day also is a day of sabbath rest.40On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.41Celebrate this as a festival to the LORD for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month.42Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters43so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’ ”44So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed festivals of the LORD.
1The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.2Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!3Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.4It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,5lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.6Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!7Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.8Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.9Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.11Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.12She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.13She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.14She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.15She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.16She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.17She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.18She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.19In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.20She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.21When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.22She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.23Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.24She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.25She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.26She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.27She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.28Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:29“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.31Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.