1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,13telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’14If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
1Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky.2The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?”3But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.4After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you.5It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.6Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.
7Remember this and never forget how you aroused the anger of the LORD your God in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the LORD.8At Horeb you aroused the LORD’s wrath so that he was angry enough to destroy you.9When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.10The LORD gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the commandments the LORD proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.11At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant.12Then the LORD told me, “Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have turned away quickly from what I commanded them and have made an idol for themselves.”13And the LORD said to me, “I have seen this people, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!14Let me alone, so that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they.”15So I turned and went down from the mountain while it was ablaze with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my hands.16When I looked, I saw that you had sinned against the LORD your God; you had made for yourselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the LORD had commanded you.17So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.18Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the LORD’s sight and so arousing his anger.19I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the LORD listened to me.20And the LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too.21Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.22You also made the LORD angry at Taberah, at Massah and at Kibroth Hattaavah.23And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You did not trust him or obey him.24You have been rebellious against the LORD ever since I have known you.25I lay prostrate before the LORD those forty days and forty nights because the LORD had said he would destroy you.26I prayed to the LORD and said, “Sovereign LORD, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.27Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness of this people, their wickedness and their sin.28Otherwise, the country from which you brought us will say, ‘Because the LORD was not able to take them into the land he had promised them, and because he hated them, he brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’29But they are your people, your inheritance that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.”
1At that time the LORD said to me, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to me on the mountain. Also make a wooden ark.2I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the ark.”3So I made the ark out of acacia wood and chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hands.4The LORD wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed to you on the mountain, out of the fire, on the day of the assembly. And the LORD gave them to me.5Then I came back down the mountain and put the tablets in the ark I had made, as the LORD commanded me, and they are there now.6(The Israelites traveled from the wells of Bene Jaakan to Moserah. There Aaron died and was buried, and Eleazar his son succeeded him as priest.7From there they traveled to Gudgodah and on to Jotbathah, a land with streams of water.8At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today.9That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the LORD is their inheritance, as the LORD your God told them.)10Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights, as I did the first time, and the LORD listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.11“Go,” the LORD said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
12And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,13and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?14To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.15Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.16Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.17For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.18He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.19And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.20Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name.21He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.22Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.
1Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:2“How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.3Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?4When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.5But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,6if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.7Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.8“Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,9for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.10Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?11Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?12While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.13Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.14What they trust in is fragile ; what they rely on is a spider’s web.15They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.16They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;17it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.18But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, ‘I never saw you.’19Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow.20“Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers.21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.22Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”