1When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.2Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.3Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”4“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’5and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”7“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”10The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”11Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.12For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
13Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”15When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
1The LORD spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said,2“Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time.3Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.”4So Moses told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover,5and they did so in the Desert of Sinai at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Israelites did everything just as the LORD commanded Moses.6But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day7and said to Moses, “We have become unclean because of a dead body, but why should we be kept from presenting the LORD’s offering with the other Israelites at the appointed time?”8Moses answered them, “Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you.”9Then the LORD said to Moses,10“Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the LORD’s Passover,11but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.12They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations.13But if anyone who is ceremonially clean and not on a journey fails to celebrate the Passover, they must be cut off from their people for not presenting the LORD’s offering at the appointed time. They will bear the consequences of their sin.14“ ‘A foreigner residing among you is also to celebrate the LORD’s Passover in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for both the foreigner and the native-born.’ ”
15On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire.16That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.17Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.18At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.19When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the LORD’s order and did not set out.20Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the LORD’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out.21Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out.22Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out.23At the LORD’s command they encamped, and at the LORD’s command they set out. They obeyed the LORD’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.
1The LORD said to Moses:2“Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out.3When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting.4If only one is sounded, the leaders—the heads of the clans of Israel—are to assemble before you.5When a trumpet blast is sounded, the tribes camping on the east are to set out.6At the sounding of a second blast, the camps on the south are to set out. The blast will be the signal for setting out.7To gather the assembly, blow the trumpets, but not with the signal for setting out.8“The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come.9When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies.10Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God.”
11On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year, the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle of the covenant law.12Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran.13They set out, this first time, at the LORD’s command through Moses.14The divisions of the camp of Judah went first, under their standard. Nahshon son of Amminadab was in command.15Nethanel son of Zuar was over the division of the tribe of Issachar,16and Eliab son of Helon was over the division of the tribe of Zebulun.17Then the tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonites and Merarites, who carried it, set out.18The divisions of the camp of Reuben went next, under their standard. Elizur son of Shedeur was in command.19Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai was over the division of the tribe of Simeon,20and Eliasaph son of Deuel was over the division of the tribe of Gad.21Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived.22The divisions of the camp of Ephraim went next, under their standard. Elishama son of Ammihud was in command.23Gamaliel son of Pedahzur was over the division of the tribe of Manasseh,24and Abidan son of Gideoni was over the division of the tribe of Benjamin.25Finally, as the rear guard for all the units, the divisions of the camp of Dan set out under their standard. Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai was in command.26Pagiel son of Okran was over the division of the tribe of Asher,27and Ahira son of Enan was over the division of the tribe of Naphtali.28This was the order of march for the Israelite divisions as they set out.29Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised good things to Israel.”30He answered, “No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people.”31But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes.32If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the LORD gives us.”33So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.34The cloud of the LORD was over them by day when they set out from the camp.35Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Rise up, LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.”36Whenever it came to rest, he said, “Return, LORD, to the countless thousands of Israel.”
1A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.2It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.3Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.5It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.6Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.7Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.8The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.9Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.10Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.11Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.12Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.13Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?14When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.15In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.16Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself?17Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time?18It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.19Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.20Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.21Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—22for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.23All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me.24Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it?25So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.26I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.27“Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—28while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.29This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”