Matthew 22:23-46; Numbers 22:1-40; Song of Songs 2:8-17; Song of Songs 3:1-5

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Matthew 22:23-46

23 The same day some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up to Him and questioned Him:
24 "Teacher, Moses said, if a man dies, having no children, his brother is to marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first got married and died. Having no offspring, he left his wife to his brother.
26 The same happened to the second also, and the third, and so to all seven.
27 Then last of all the woman died.
28 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven? For they all had married her."
29 Jesus answered them, "You are deceived, because you don't know the Scriptures or the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven.
31 Now concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven't you read what was spoken to you by God:
32 I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob ? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
33 And when the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.
34 When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together in the same place.
35 And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him:
36 "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
37 He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the greatest and most important commandment.
39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments."
41 While the Pharisees were together, Jesus questioned them,
42 "What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?" "David's," they told Him.
43 He asked them, "How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls Him 'Lord':
44 The Lord declared to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet' ?
45 "If David calls Him 'Lord,' how then can the Messiah be his Son?"
46 No one was able to answer Him at all, and from that day no one dared to question Him any more.

Numbers 22:1-40

1 The Israelites traveled on and camped in the plains of Moab near the Jordan across from Jericho.
2 Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
3 Moab was terrified of the people because they were numerous, and dreaded the Israelites.
4 So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, "This horde will devour everything around us like an ox eats up the green plants in the field." Since Balak son of Zippor was Moab's king at that time,
5 he sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates in the land of his people. Balak said to him: "Look, a people has come out of Egypt; they cover the surface of the land and are living right across from me.
6 Please come and put a curse on these people for me because they are more powerful than I am. I may be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that those you bless are blessed and those you curse are cursed."
7 The elders of Moab and Midian departed with fees for divination in hand. They came to Balaam and reported Balak's words to him.
8 He said to them, "Spend the night here, and I will give you the answer the Lord tells me." So the officials of Moab stayed with Balaam.
9 Then God came to Balaam and asked, "Who are these men with you?"
10 Balaam replied to God, "Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent [this message] to me:
11 'Look, a people has come out of Egypt, and they cover the surface of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. I may be able to fight against them and drive them away.' "
12 Then God said to Balaam, "You are not to go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed."
13 So Balaam got up the next morning and said to Balak's officials, "Go back to your land, because the Lord has refused to let me go with you."
14 The officials of Moab arose, returned to Balak, and reported, "Balaam refused to come with us."
15 Balak sent officials again who were more numerous and higher in rank than the others.
16 They came to Balaam and said to him, "This is what Balak son of Zippor says: 'Let nothing keep you from coming to me,
17 for I will greatly honor you and do whatever you ask me. So please come and put a curse on these people for me!' "
18 But Balaam responded to the servants of Balak, "If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the command of the Lord my God to do [anything] small or great.
19 Please stay here overnight as the others did, so that I may find out what else the Lord has to tell me."
20 God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you."
21 When he got up in the morning, Balaam saddled his donkey and went with the officials of Moab.
22 But God was incensed that Balaam was going, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand on the path to oppose him. Balaam was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
23 When the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing on the path with a drawn sword in His hand, she turned off the path and went into the field. So Balaam hit her to return her to the path.
24 Then the Angel of the Lord stood in a narrow passage between the vineyards, with a stone wall on either side.
25 The donkey saw the Angel of the Lord and pressed herself against the wall, squeezing Balaam's foot against it. So he hit her once again.
26 The Angel of the Lord went ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn to the right or the left.
27 When the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she crouched down under Balaam. So he became furious and beat the donkey with his stick.
28 Then the Lord opened the donkey's mouth, and she asked Balaam, "What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times?"
29 Balaam answered the donkey, "You made me look like a fool. If I had a sword in my hand, I'd kill you now!"
30 But the donkey said, "Am I not the donkey you've ridden all your life until today? Have I ever treated you this way before?" "No," he replied.
31 Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the path with a drawn sword in His hand. Balaam knelt and bowed with his face [to the ground].
32 The Angel of the Lord asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Look, I came out to oppose you, because what you are doing is evil in My sight.
33 The donkey saw Me and turned away from Me these three times. If she had not turned away from Me, I would have killed you by now and let her live."
34 Balaam said to the Angel of the Lord, "I have sinned, for I did not know that You were standing in the path to confront me. And now, if it is evil in Your sight, I will go back."
35 Then the Angel of the Lord said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but you are to say only what I tell you." So Balaam went with Balak's officials.
36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite city on the Arnon border at the edge of his territory.
37 Balak asked Balaam, "Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn't you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?"
38 Balaam said to him, "Look, I have come to you, but can I say anything I want? I must speak only the message God puts in my mouth."
39 So Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.
40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent for Balaam and the officials who were with him.

Song of Songs 2:8-17

8 Listen! My love [is approaching]. Look! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.
9 My love is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, he is standing behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.
10 My love calls to me: Arise, my darling. Come away, my beautiful one.
11 For now the winter is past; the rain has ended and gone away.
12 The blossoms appear in the countryside. The time of singing has come, and the turtledove's cooing is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree ripens its figs; the blossoming vines give off their fragrance. Arise, my darling. Come away, my beautiful one.
14 My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
15 Catch the foxes for us- the little foxes that ruin the vineyards- for our vineyards are in bloom.
16 My love is mine and I am his; he feeds among the lilies.
17 Before the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn [to me], my love, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the divided mountains.

Song of Songs 3:1-5

1 In my bed at night I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him.
2 I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and the plazas. I will seek the one I love. I sought him, but did not find him.
3 The guards who go about the city found me. "Have you seen the one I love?" [I asked them].
4 I had just passed them when I found the one I love. I held on to him and would not let him go until I brought him to my mother's house- to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
5 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you, by the gazelles and the wild does of the field: do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time.