1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea2and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”3This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”4John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.9And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.10The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.11“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance,2but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”3When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.”4Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel.5Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the LORD.6Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar.7Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”8Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”9Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up10and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.11But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.12The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”13Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.14He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”15When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it,16and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud.17To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.18Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
1The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.2When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.4Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.5The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.6The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.7Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.8The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.9With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.10When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.11Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.12Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.13A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.14For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.15Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.16A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.17Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.18A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.19Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.20The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.21Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.22Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.23The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.24One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.25A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.26People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.27Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.28Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.29Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.31If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!