1Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples,2saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.3Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.4For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers5But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.6They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,7greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.'8But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.9Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.10And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.11But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.12And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
1Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars for me here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams."2And Balak did just as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar.3Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the Lord will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you." So he went to a desolate height.4And God met Balaam, and he said to Him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.5Then the Lord put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."6So he returned to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab.7And he took up his oracle and said: "Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, From the mountains of the east. 'Come, curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!'8"How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?9For from the top of the rocks I see him, And from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone, Not reckoning itself among the nations.10"Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number one-fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, And let my end be like his!"11Then Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!"12So he answered and said, "Must I not take heed to speak what the Lord has put in my mouth?"13Then Balak said to him, "Please come with me to another place from which you may see them; you shall see only the outer part of them, and shall not see them all; curse them for me from there."14So he brought him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar15And he said to Balak, "Stand here by your burnt offering while I meet the Lord over there."16Then the Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Go back to Balak, and thus you shall speak."17So he came to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab were with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the Lord spoken?"18Then he took up his oracle and said: "Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, son of Zippor!19"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good20Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.21"He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. The Lord his God is with him, And the shout of a King is among them22God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox.23"For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob And of Israel, 'Oh, what God has done!'24Look, a people rises like a lioness, And lifts itself up like a lion; It shall not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain."25Then Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all!"26So Balaam answered and said to Balak, "Did I not tell you, saying, 'All that the Lord speaks, that I must do'?"
6The Shulamite Who is this coming out of the wilderness Like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all the merchant's fragrant powders?7Behold, it is Solomon's couch, With sixty valiant men around it, Of the valiant of Israel.8They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh Because of fear in the night.9Of the wood of Lebanon Solomon the King Made himself a palanquin: 10He made its pillars of silver, Its support of gold, Its seat of purple, Its interior paved with love By the daughters of Jerusalem.11Go forth, O daughters of Zion, And see King Solomon with the crown With which his mother crowned him On the day of his wedding, The day of the gladness of his heart.
1The Beloved Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove's eyes behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, Going down from Mount Gilead.2Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep Which have come up from the washing, Every one of which bears twins, And none is barren among them.3Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil Are like a piece of pomegranate.4Your neck is like the tower of David, Built for an armory, On which hang a thousand bucklers, All shields of mighty men.5Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle, Which feed among the lilies.6Until the day breaks And the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh And to the hill of frankincense.7You are all fair, my love, And there is no spot in you.8Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, With me from Lebanon. Look from the top of Amana, From the top of Senir and Hermon, From the lions' dens, From the mountains of the leopards.9You have ravished my heart, My sister, my spouse; You have ravished my heart With one look of your eyes, With one link of your necklace.10How fair is your love, My sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, And the scent of your perfumes Than all spices!11Your lips, O my spouse, Drip as the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under your tongue; And the fragrance of your garments Is like the fragrance of Lebanon.12A garden enclosed Is my sister, my spouse, A spring shut up, A fountain sealed.13Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates With pleasant fruits, Fragrant henna with spikenard,14Spikenard and saffron, Calamus and cinnamon, With all trees of frankincense, Myrrh and aloes, With all the chief spices--15A fountain of gardens, A well of living waters, And streams from Lebanon.16The Shulamite Awake, O north wind, And come, O south! Blow upon my garden, That its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden And eat its pleasant fruits.
1The Beloved I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. (To His Friends) Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!