28"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'29He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went.30Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go.31Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.32For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.33"Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.34Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.35And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.36Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.37Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'38But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'39So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.40Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?"41They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."42Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'? 43"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.44And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."45Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.46But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.
1Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,2"This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying: 'Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which a yoke has never come.3You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, that he may take it outside the camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him;4and Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting.5Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned.6And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and cast them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer.7Then the priest shall wash his clothes, he shall bathe in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp; the priest shall be unclean until evening.8And the one who burns it shall wash his clothes in water, bathe in water, and shall be unclean until evening.9Then a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and store them outside the camp in a clean place; and they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for the water of purification; it is for purifying from sin.10And the one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until evening. It shall be a statute forever to the children of Israel and to the stranger who dwells among them.11'He who touches the dead body of anyone shall be unclean seven days.12He shall purify himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.13Whoever touches the body of anyone who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of the Lord. That person shall be cut off from Israel. He shall be unclean, because the water of purification was not sprinkled on him; his uncleanness is still on him.14'This is the law when a man dies in a tent: All who come into the tent and all who are in the tent shall be unclean seven days;15and every open vessel, which has no cover fastened on it, is unclean.16Whoever in the open field touches one who is slain by a sword or who has died, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.17And for an unclean person they shall take some of the ashes of the heifer burnt for purification from sin, and running water shall be put on them in a vessel.18A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, sprinkle it on the tent, on all the vessels, on the persons who were there, or on the one who touched a bone, the slain, the dead, or a grave.19The clean person shall sprinkle the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, wash his clothes, and bathe in water; and at evening he shall be clean.20'But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself, that person shall be cut off from among the assembly, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the Lord. The water of purification has not been sprinkled on him; he is unclean.21It shall be a perpetual statute for them. He who sprinkles the water of purification shall wash his clothes; and he who touches the water of purification shall be unclean until evening.22Whatever the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the person who touches it shall be unclean until evening.' "
1Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there.2Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.3And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!4Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here?5And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink."6So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.7Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,8"Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals."9So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.10And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?"11Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.12Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."13This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.14Now Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom. "Thus says your brother Israel: 'You know all the hardship that has befallen us,15how our fathers went down to Egypt, and we dwelt in Egypt a long time, and the Egyptians afflicted us and our fathers.16When we cried out to the Lord, He heard our voice and sent the Angel and brought us up out of Egypt; now here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your border.17Please let us pass through your country. We will not pass through fields or vineyards, nor will we drink water from wells; we will go along the King's Highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.' "18Then Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through my land, lest I come out against you with the sword."19So the children of Israel said to him, "We will go by the Highway, and if I or my livestock drink any of your water, then I will pay for it; let me only pass through on foot, nothing more."20Then he said, "You shall not pass through." So Edom came out against them with many men and with a strong hand.21Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory; so Israel turned away from him.22Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor.23And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in Mount Hor by the border of the land of Edom, saying:24"Aaron shall be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because you rebelled against My word at the water of Meribah.25Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor;26and strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son; for Aaron shall be gathered to his people and die there."27So Moses did just as the Lord commanded, and they went up to Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.28Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.29Now when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days.
9Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.10Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth are vanity.
1Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them":2While the sun and the light, The moon and the stars, Are not darkened, And the clouds do not return after the rain;3In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim;4When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low;5Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets.6Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well.7Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.8"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "All is vanity."9And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.10The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright--words of truth.11The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.12And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.14For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.