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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Money is a central heart issue in the Gospel. The rich young ruler mentioned in the book of Mark made a profession of faith, but his money did not follow. Promises of love and discipleship to Jesus are empty unless your possessions mean nothing compared to Him. The way a person uses money is always a reflection of what's in his heart. If Jesus had occupied first place in the rich young ruler's heart, it would have been evidenced in his attitude toward his money.

In Leviticus 25 the principle of the Sabbath year brought up an issue similar to the story of the rich young ruler. Simply stated, the people were told to give up something they wanted for God's sake. God then promised that He would order a blessing so bountiful that it would produce a triple harvest for three years!

When will we ever learn that if we follow God's laws of sacrifice and obedience, He is well able to speak to our circumstances with His blessing? Jesus promised, "I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return, a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property. . . ." (Mark 10:29-30).

Don't resent sacrifice. See it as an opportunity to increase!

Leviticus 24:1-25:46

Olive Oil and Bread Set Before the Lord24:1-3pp — Ex 27:20-21

24 The Lord said to Moses,“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually.Outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, Aaron is to tend the lamps before the Lord from evening till morning, continually. This is to be a lasting ordinanceS Ex 12:14 for the generations to come.The lamps on the pure gold lampstandS Ex 25:31 before the Lord must be tended continually.

“Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread,S Ex 25:30; Heb 9:2 using two-tenths of an ephahThat is, probably about 7 pounds or about 3.2 kilogramsS Lev 23:13 for each loaf.Arrange them in two stacks, six in each stack, on the table of pure goldEx 25:23-30; Nu 4:7 before the Lord.By each stack put some pure incenseS Lev 2:1 as a memorialOr representative portionS Lev 2:2 to represent the bread and to be a food offering presented to the Lord.This bread is to be set out before the Lord regularly,Ex 25:30; Nu 4:7; 1Ch 9:32; 2Ch 2:4 Sabbath after Sabbath,Mt 12:5 on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant.It belongs to Aaron and his sons,Mt 12:4; Mk 2:26; Lk 6:4 who are to eat it in the sanctuary area,S Lev 6:16 because it is a most holyS Lev 6:17 part of their perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the Lord.”

A Blasphemer Put to Death

10 Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite.11 The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the NameS Ex 3:15 with a curse;S Ex 20:7; S 2Ki 6:33; S Job 1:11 so they brought him to Moses.S Ex 18:22 (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.)Ex 31:2; Nu 1:4; 7:2; 10:15; 13:2; 17:2; Jos 7:18; 1Ki 7:1412 They put him in custody until the will of the Lord should be made clear to them.S Ex 18:16

13 Then the Lord said to Moses:14 “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him.ver 23; S Lev 20:2; Dt 13:9; 17:5, 7; Ac 7:5815 Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their GodS Ex 22:28 will be held responsible;S Lev 5:116 anyone who blasphemesS Ex 22:28 the name of the Lord is to be put to death.S Ex 21:12; 1Ki 21:10, 13; Mt 26:66; Mk 14:64; Jn 10:33; 19:7; Ac 7:58 The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.

17 “‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.ver 21; Ge 9:6; S Ex 21:12; Dt 27:2418 Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitutionver 21—life for life.19 Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner:20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.S Ex 21:24; Mt 5:38* The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury.21 Whoever kills an animal must make restitution,S ver 18 but whoever kills a human being is to be put to death.S ver 1722 You are to have the same law for the foreignerS Ex 12:49; S 22:21; Eze 47:22 and the native-born.Nu 9:14 I am the Lord your God.’”

23 Then Moses spoke to the Israelites, and they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him.S ver 14 The Israelites did as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Sabbath Year

25 The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai,Ex 19:11“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord.For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops.Ex 23:10But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest,ver 5, 6, 20; Lev 26:35; 2Ch 36:21 a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.Isa 36:16; 37:30Do not reap what grows of itself2Ki 19:29 or harvest the grapesGe 40:10; Nu 6:3; 13:20; Dt 23:24; Ne 13:15; Isa 5:2 of your untended vines.ver 4, 11 The land is to have a year of rest.Whatever the land yields during the sabbath yearS ver 4 will be food for you—for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you,as well as for your livestock and the wild animalsEx 23:11 in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.

The Year of Jubilee25:8-38Ref — Dt 15:1-1125:39-55Ref — Ex 21:2-11; Dt 15:12-18

“‘Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years.Then have the trumpetLev 23:24; Nu 10:8; Jos 6:4; Jdg 3:27; 7:16; 1Sa 13:3; Isa 27:13; Zec 9:14 sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month;S Lev 16:29 on the Day of AtonementS Ex 30:10 sound the trumpet throughout your land.10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim libertyIsa 61:1; Jer 34:8, 15, 17; S Lk 4:19 throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubileever 11, 28, 50; Lev 27:17, 21; Nu 36:4; Eze 46:17 for you; each of you is to return to your family propertyver 27 and to your own clan.11 The fiftieth year shall be a jubileeS ver 10 for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.S ver 512 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.

13 “‘In this Year of Jubileever 10 everyone is to return to their own property.

14 “‘If you sell land to any of your own people or buy land from them, do not take advantage of each other.S Lev 19:13; 1Sa 12:3, 4; 1Co 6:815 You are to buy from your own people on the basis of the number of yearsver 27; Lev 27:18, 23 since the Jubilee. And they are to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops.16 When the years are many, you are to increase the price, and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price,ver 27, 51, 52 because what is really being sold to you is the number of crops.17 Do not take advantage of each other,S Lev 19:13; Job 31:16; Pr 22:22; Jer 7:5, 6; 21:12; 22:3, 15; Zec 7:9-10; 1Th 4:6 but fear your God.S Lev 19:14 I am the Lord your God.S Lev 19:32

18 “‘Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws,S Ge 26:5 and you will live safely in the land.ver 19; Lev 26:4, 5; Dt 12:10; 33:28; Job 5:22; Ps 4:8; Jer 23:6; 30:10; 32:37; 33:16; Eze 28:26; 34:25; 38:1419 Then the land will yield its fruit,Lev 26:4; Dt 11:14; 28:12; Isa 55:10 and you will eat your fill and live there in safety.S ver 1820 You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh yearS ver 4 if we do not plant or harvest our crops?”21 I will send you such a blessingDt 28:8, 12; Ps 133:3; 134:3; 147:13; Eze 44:30; Hag 2:19; Mal 3:10 in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.S Ex 16:522 While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.Lev 26:10

23 “‘The landNu 36:7; 1Ki 21:3; Eze 46:18 must not be sold permanently, because the land is mineEx 19:5 and you reside in my land as foreignersS Ge 23:4; S Heb 11:13 and strangers.24 Throughout the land that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemptionver 29, 48; Ru 4:7 of the land.

25 “‘If one of your fellow Israelites becomes poor and sells some of their property, their nearest relativever 48; Ru 2:20; Jer 32:7 is to come and redeemLev 27:13, 19, 31; Ru 4:4 what they have sold.26 If, however, there is no one to redeem it for them but later on they prosperver 49 and acquire sufficient means to redeem it themselves,27 they are to determine the value for the yearsS ver 15 since they sold it and refund the balance to the one to whom they sold it; they can then go back to their own property.ver 1028 But if they do not acquire the means to repay, what was sold will remain in the possession of the buyer until the Year of Jubilee. It will be returnedLev 27:24 in the Jubilee, and they can then go back to their property.S ver 10

29 “‘Anyone who sells a house in a walled city retains the right of redemption a full year after its sale. During that time the seller may redeem it.30 If it is not redeemed before a full year has passed, the house in the walled city shall belong permanently to the buyer and the buyer’s descendants. It is not to be returned in the Jubilee.31 But houses in villages without walls around them are to be considered as belonging to the open country. They can be redeemed, and they are to be returned in the Jubilee.

32 “‘The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns,Nu 35:1-8; Jos 21:2 which they possess.33 So the property of the Levites is redeemable—that is, a house sold in any town they hold—and is to be returned in the Jubilee, because the houses in the towns of the Levites are their property among the Israelites.34 But the pastureland belonging to their towns must not be sold; it is their permanent possession.Nu 35:2-5; Eze 48:14

35 “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poorDt 24:14, 15 and are unable to support themselves among you, help themDt 15:8; Ps 37:21, 26; Pr 21:26; Lk 6:35 as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.36 Do not take interestS Ex 22:25; Jer 15:10 or any profit from them, but fear your God,S Lev 19:32 so that they may continue to live among you.37 You must not lend them money at interestS Ex 22:25 or sell them food at a profit.38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of CanaanS Ge 10:19 and to be your God.S Ge 17:7

39 “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to you, do not make them work as slaves.1Ki 5:13; 9:22; Jer 34:1440 They are to be treated as hired workersver 53 or temporary residents among you; they are to work for you until the Year of Jubilee.41 Then they and their children are to be released, and they will go back to their own clans and to the propertyver 28 of their ancestors.Jer 34:842 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt,ver 38 they must not be sold as slaves.43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly,S Ex 1:13; Eze 34:4; Col 4:1 but fear your God.S Ge 42:18

44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

Pure Oil and Holy Bread

24 The Lord said to Moses,“Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually.This is the lampstand that stands in the Tabernacle, in front of the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant.Hebrew in the Tent of Meeting, outside the inner curtain of the Testimony; see note on 16:13. Aaron must keep the lamps burning in the Lord’s presence all night. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation.Aaron and the priests must tend the lamps on the pure gold lampstand continually in the Lord’s presence.

“You must bake twelve flat loaves of bread from choice flour, using four quartsHebrew 2⁄10 of an ephah [4.4 liters]. of flour for each loaf.Place the bread before the Lord on the pure gold table, and arrange the loaves in two stacks, with six loaves in each stack.Put some pure frankincense near each stack to serve as a representative offering, a special gift presented to the Lord.Every Sabbath day this bread must be laid out before the Lord as a gift from the Israelites; it is an ongoing expression of the eternal covenant.The loaves of bread will belong to Aaron and his descendants, who must eat them in a sacred place, for they are most holy. It is the permanent right of the priests to claim this portion of the special gifts presented to the Lord.”

An Example of Just Punishment

10 One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father came out of his tent and got into a fight with one of the Israelite men.11 During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the Name of the LordHebrew the Name; also in 24:16b. with a curse. So the man was brought to Moses for judgment. His mother was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan.12 They kept the man in custody until the Lord’s will in the matter should become clear to them.

13 Then the Lord said to Moses,14 “Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard the curse to lay their hands on his head. Then let the entire community stone him to death.15 Say to the people of Israel: Those who curse their God will be punished for their sin.16 Anyone who blasphemes the Name of the Lord must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel. Any native-born Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the Name of the Lord must be put to death.

17 “Anyone who takes another person’s life must be put to death.

18 “Anyone who kills another person’s animal must pay for it in full—a live animal for the animal that was killed.

19 “Anyone who injures another person must be dealt with according to the injury inflicted—20 a fracture for a fracture, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Whatever anyone does to injure another person must be paid back in kind.

21 “Whoever kills an animal must pay for it in full, but whoever kills another person must be put to death.

22 “This same standard applies both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.”

23 After Moses gave all these instructions to the Israelites, they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him to death. The Israelites did just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Sabbath Year

25 While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the Lord said to him,“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you have entered the land I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath rest before the Lord every seventh year.For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops,but during the seventh year the land must have a Sabbath year of complete rest. It is the Lord’s Sabbath. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards during that year.And don’t store away the crops that grow on their own or gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. The land must have a year of complete rest.But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own during its Sabbath. This applies to you, your male and female servants, your hired workers, and the temporary residents who live with you.Your livestock and the wild animals in your land will also be allowed to eat what the land produces.

The Year of Jubilee

“In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all.Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year,Hebrew on the tenth day of the seventh month, on the Day of Atonement; see 23:27a and the note there. blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land.10 Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.11 This fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year you must not plant your fields or store away any of the crops that grow on their own, and don’t gather the grapes from your unpruned vines.12 It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must keep it holy. But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own.13 In the Year of Jubilee each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors.

14 “When you make an agreement with your neighbor to buy or sell property, you must not take advantage of each other.15 When you buy land from your neighbor, the price you pay must be based on the number of years since the last jubilee. The seller must set the price by taking into account the number of years remaining until the next Year of Jubilee.16 The more years until the next jubilee, the higher the price; the fewer years, the lower the price. After all, the person selling the land is actually selling you a certain number of harvests.17 Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the Lord your God.

18 “If you want to live securely in the land, follow my decrees and obey my regulations.19 Then the land will yield large crops, and you will eat your fill and live securely in it.20 But you might ask, ‘What will we eat during the seventh year, since we are not allowed to plant or harvest crops that year?’21 Be assured that I will send my blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a crop large enough for three years.22 When you plant your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the large crop of the sixth year. In fact, you will still be eating from that large crop when the new crop is harvested in the ninth year.

Redemption of Property

23 “The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me.

24 “With every purchase of land you must grant the seller the right to buy it back.25 If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell some family land, then a close relative should buy it back for him.26 If there is no close relative to buy the land, but the person who sold it gets enough money to buy it back,27 he then has the right to redeem it from the one who bought it. The price of the land will be discounted according to the number of years until the next Year of Jubilee. In this way the original owner can then return to the land.28 But if the original owner cannot afford to buy back the land, it will remain with the new owner until the next Year of Jubilee. In the jubilee year, the land must be returned to the original owners so they can return to their family land.

29 “Anyone who sells a house inside a walled town has the right to buy it back for a full year after its sale. During that year, the seller retains the right to buy it back.30 But if it is not bought back within a year, the sale of the house within the walled town cannot be reversed. It will become the permanent property of the buyer. It will not be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.31 But a house in a village—a settlement without fortified walls—will be treated like property in the countryside. Such a house may be bought back at any time, and it must be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.

32 “The Levites always have the right to buy back a house they have sold within the towns allotted to them.33 And any property that is sold by the Levites—all houses within the Levitical towns—must be returned in the Year of Jubilee. After all, the houses in the towns reserved for the Levites are the only property they own in all Israel.34 The open pastureland around the Levitical towns may never be sold. It is their permanent possession.

Redemption of the Poor and Enslaved

35 “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and cannot support himself, support him as you would a foreigner or a temporary resident and allow him to live with you.36 Do not charge interest or make a profit at his expense. Instead, show your fear of God by letting him live with you as your relative.37 Remember, do not charge interest on money you lend him or make a profit on food you sell him.38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

39 “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave.40 Treat him instead as a hired worker or as a temporary resident who lives with you, and he will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee.41 At that time he and his children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clans and go back to the land originally allotted to their ancestors.42 The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves.43 Show your fear of God by not treating them harshly.

44 “However, you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you.45 You may also purchase the children of temporary residents who live among you, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property,46 passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat them as slaves, but you must never treat your fellow Israelites this way.

24 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.

Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the Lord continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.

He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the Lord continually.

And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.

And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord.

And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the Lord continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.

And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute.

10 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp;

11 And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)

12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the Lord might be shewed them.

13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

14 Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

17 And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

18 And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.

19 And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;

20 Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

21 And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.

22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the Lord your God.

23 And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the Lord commanded Moses.

25 And the Lord spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord.

Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land.

And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee.

And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat.

And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.

Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.

10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

11 A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.

12 For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.

13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.

14 And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another:

15 According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee:

16 According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee.

17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God:for I am the Lord your God.

18 Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.

19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety.

20 And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:

21 Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.

22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.

23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.

24 And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.

25 If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.

26 And if the man have none to redeem it, and himself be able to redeem it;

27 Then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it; that he may return unto his possession.

28 But if he be not able to restore it to him, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the year of jubile: and in the jubile it shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.

29 And if a man sell a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a full year may he redeem it.

30 And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established for ever to him that bought it throughout his generations: it shall not go out in the jubile.

31 But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be counted as the fields of the country: they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubile.

32 Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

33 And if a man purchase of the Levites, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall go out in the year of jubile: for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel.

34 But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession.

35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.

36 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.

37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.

38 I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.

39 And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:

40 But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile.

41 And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.

42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.

43 Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.

44 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.

45 Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.

46 And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.

Mark 10:13-31

The Little Children and Jesus10:13-16pp — Mt 19:13-15; Lk 18:15-17

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.S Mt 25:3415 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”Mt 18:316 And he took the children in his arms,Mk 9:36 placed his hands on them and blessed them.

The Rich and the Kingdom of God10:17-31pp — Mt 19:16-30; Lk 18:18-30

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his kneesMk 1:40 before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Lk 10:25; S Ac 20:32

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20Ex 20:12-16; Dt 5:16-20

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,S Ac 2:45 and you will have treasure in heaven.Mt 6:20; Lk 12:33 Then come, follow me.”S Mt 4:19

22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the richPs 52:7; 62:10; Mk 4:19; 1Ti 6:9, 10, 17 to enter the kingdom of God!”

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it isSome manuscripts is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!Mt 7:13, 14; Jn 3:525 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”Lk 12:16-20; 16:19-31

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”S Mt 19:26

28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”S Mt 4:19

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel30 will fail to receive a hundred times as muchMt 6:33 in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to comeS Mt 12:32 eternal life.S Mt 25:4631 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”S Mt 19:30

Jesus Blesses the Children

13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

The Rich Man

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’Exod 20:12-16; Deut 5:16-20.

20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hardSome manuscripts read very hard for those who trust in riches. to enter the Kingdom of God.25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News,30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.Greek But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.

13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,

30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Psalm 44:9-26

But now you have rejectedS Ps 43:2 and humbled us;S Dt 8:3; S 31:17; Ps 107:39; Isa 5:15

you no longer go out with our armies.S Jos 7:12; Ps 108:11

10 You made us retreatS Lev 26:17 before the enemy,

and our adversaries have plunderedS Jdg 2:14 us.

11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheepver 22; Jer 12:3

and have scattered us among the nations.S Lev 26:33; S Ps 9:11; Eze 6:8; Zec 2:6

12 You sold your people for a pittance,S Dt 32:30; Isa 52:3; Jer 15:13; 50:1; 52:3

gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproachS 2Ch 29:8; Isa 30:3; Jer 25:9; 42:18; 44:8 to our neighbors,Ps 79:4; 80:6; 89:41

the scornS Dt 28:37; S Mic 2:6 and derisionEze 23:32 of those around us.

14 You have made us a bywordS 1Ki 9:7 among the nations;

the peoples shake their headsS 2Ki 19:21 at us.

15 I live in disgraceGe 30:23; 2Ch 32:21; Ps 35:26 all day long,

and my face is covered with shameS Ps 34:5

16 at the tauntsS Ps 42:10 of those who reproach and revilePs 10:13; 55:3; 74:10 me,

because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.S 1Sa 18:25; S Jer 11:19; Ro 12:19

17 All this came upon us,

though we had not forgottenS Dt 6:12; S 32:18; Ps 119:16, 61, 153, 176; Pr 3:1 you;

we had not been false to your covenant.

18 Our hearts had not turnedPs 119:51, 157 back;

our feet had not strayed from your path.

19 But you crushedS 2Ch 14:13; Ps 51:8 us and made us a haunt for jackals;S Job 30:29; S Isa 34:13

you covered us over with deep darkness.S Job 3:5

20 If we had forgottenS Dt 32:18; S Jdg 3:7 the name of our God

or spread out our hands to a foreign god,S Ex 20:3; Isa 43:12; Jer 5:19

21 would not God have discovered it,

since he knows the secrets of the heart?S 1Sa 16:7; 1Ki 8:39; Pr 15:11; Jer 12:3; 17:10

22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheepS ver 11 to be slaughtered.Isa 53:7; Jer 11:19; 12:3; Ro 8:36*

23 Awake,S Ps 7:6 Lord! Why do you sleep?Ps 78:65

Rouse yourself!Ps 59:5 Do not reject us forever.Ps 74:1; 77:7

24 Why do you hide your faceS Dt 32:20; Ps 13:1

and forgetLa 5:20 our misery and oppression?S Dt 26:7

25 We are brought down to the dust;Ps 119:25

our bodies cling to the ground.

26 Rise upS Nu 10:35; S Ps 12:5; 102:13 and help us;

rescuePs 26:11 us because of your unfailing love.Ps 6:4

But now you have tossed us aside in dishonor.

You no longer lead our armies to battle.

10 You make us retreat from our enemies

and allow those who hate us to plunder our land.

11 You have butchered us like sheep

and scattered us among the nations.

12 You sold your precious people for a pittance,

making nothing on the sale.

13 You let our neighbors mock us.

We are an object of scorn and derision to those around us.

14 You have made us the butt of their jokes;

they shake their heads at us in scorn.

15 We can’t escape the constant humiliation;

shame is written across our faces.

16 All we hear are the taunts of our mockers.

All we see are our vengeful enemies.

17 All this has happened though we have not forgotten you.

We have not violated your covenant.

18 Our hearts have not deserted you.

We have not strayed from your path.

19 Yet you have crushed us in the jackal’s desert home.

You have covered us with darkness and death.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God

or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods,

21 God would surely have known it,

for he knows the secrets of every heart.

22 But for your sake we are killed every day;

we are being slaughtered like sheep.

23 Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep?

Get up! Do not reject us forever.

24 Why do you look the other way?

Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?

25 We collapse in the dust,

lying face down in the dirt.

26 Rise up! Help us!

Ransom us because of your unfailing love.

But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.

10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.

13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.

Proverbs 10:20-21

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,

but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,

but fools die for lack of sense.Pr 5:22-23; Isa 5:13; Jer 5:4; Hos 4:1, 6, 14

20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver;

the heart of a fool is worthless.

21 The words of the godly encourage many,

but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

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