21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.23“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.25“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.26Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
31“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’34But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.37All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’39But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.40And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.41If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?47And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
1“Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense.2It is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high —its horns of one piece with it.3Overlay the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it.4Make two gold rings for the altar below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it.5Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.6Put the altar in front of the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law—before the atonement cover that is over the tablets of the covenant law—where I will meet with you.7“Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps.8He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the LORD for the generations to come.9Do not offer on this altar any other incense or any burnt offering or grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it.10Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering for the generations to come. It is most holy to the LORD.”
11Then the LORD said to Moses,12“When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.13Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the LORD.14All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the LORD.15The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives.16Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives.”
17Then the LORD said to Moses,18“Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.19Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it.20Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting a food offering to the LORD,21they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.”
22Then the LORD said to Moses,23“Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus,24500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil.25Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil.26Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law,27the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense,28the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand.29You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.30“Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.31Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come.32Do not pour it on anyone else’s body and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred.33Whoever makes perfume like it and puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from their people.’ ”
34Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts,35and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred.36Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you.37Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the LORD.38Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”
1Then the LORD said to Moses,2“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,3and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—4to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,5to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.6Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:7the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—8the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense,9the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand—10and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests,11and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”
12Then the LORD said to Moses,13“Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.14“ ‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people.15For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.16The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.17It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ ”18When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.
1When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”2Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”3So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.4He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”6So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.7Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.8They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’9“I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.10Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”11But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?12Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.13Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ ”14Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.15Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back.16The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.17When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war in the camp.”18Moses replied: “It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear.”19When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.20And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.21He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”22“Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil.23They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’24So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”25Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.26So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.27Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ ”28The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.29Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”30The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”31So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold.32But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”33The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.34Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”35And the LORD struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.
1The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.2Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.3A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.4Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.5An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.6The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.7Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.8The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.9Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.10Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.11The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.12There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.13Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief.14The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.15The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.16The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.17A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.18The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.19Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.20The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.21It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.22Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.23All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.24The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.25A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.26Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.28A large population is a king’s glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.29Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.30A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.31Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.32When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.33Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.34Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.35A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.