Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Our understanding must change if we are to see that the tithe already belongs to the Lord. When we return it to Him, we are not giving. In fact, if it already belongs to Him, we are actually robbing God if we use the tithe or spend it!

Not only does the tithe belong to Him, but also it is holy to the Lord. The tithe is holy money, set aside for His holy use. When Achan stole from Jericho something that had been set aside unto God, judgment fell upon Achan and his house (Joshua 7).

Another aspect of the tithe is that it belongs to the Lord as His advance provision. In Mark 11:3, the little donkey was there by God's prophetic command (Zechariah 9:9), marked out centuries before as provision for what the King would need in that generation.

A final point regarding the tithe is that God will return your tithe to you with a blessing for your obedience. Weren't the owners of the donkey told, "The Lord needs it and will return it soon" (Mark 11:3)? God is not robbing you of ten percent when you tithe-He is using it as an opportunity to bless you!

Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54

14 “‘If anyone dedicates their house as something holy to the Lord, the priest will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, so it will remain.15 If the one who dedicates their house wishes to redeem it,ver 13, 20 they must add a fifth to its value, and the house will again become theirs.

16 “‘If anyone dedicates to the Lord part of their family land, its value is to be set according to the amount of seed required for it—fifty shekels of silver to a homerThat is, probably about 300 pounds or about 135 kilograms of barley seed.17 If they dedicate a field during the Year of Jubilee, the value that has been set remains.18 But if they dedicate a field after the Jubilee,Lev 25:10 the priest will determine the value according to the number of years that remainLev 25:15 until the next Year of Jubilee, and its set value will be reduced.19 If the one who dedicates the field wishes to redeem it,S Lev 25:25 they must add a fifth to its value, and the field will again become theirs.20 If, however, they do not redeem the field, or if they have sold it to someone else, it can never be redeemed.21 When the field is released in the Jubilee,S Lev 25:10 it will become holy,S ver 9 like a field devoted to the Lord;ver 28; Nu 18:14; Eze 44:29 it will become priestly property.

22 “‘If anyone dedicates to the Lord a field they have bought, which is not part of their family land,23 the priest will determine its value up to the Year of Jubilee,S Lev 25:15 and the owner must pay its value on that day as something holy to the Lord.24 In the Year of Jubilee the field will revert to the person from whom it was bought,Lev 25:28 the one whose land it was.25 Every value is to be set according to the sanctuary shekel,S Ex 30:13 twenty gerahsNu 3:47; Eze 45:12 to the shekel.

26 “‘No one, however, may dedicate the firstborn of an animal, since the firstborn already belongs to the Lord;S Ex 13:12 whether an oxThe Hebrew word can refer to either male or female. or a sheep, it is the Lord’s.27 If it is one of the unclean animals,S ver 11 it may be bought back at its set value, adding a fifth of the value to it. If it is not redeemed, it is to be sold at its set value.

28 “‘But nothing that a person owns and devotesThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord.Nu 18:14; Jos 6:17-19 to the Lord—whether a human being or an animal or family land—may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holyS ver 9 to the Lord.

29 “‘No person devoted to destructionThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. may be ransomed; they are to be put to death.Dt 7:26

30 “‘A titheNu 18:26; Dt 12:6, 17; 14:22, 28; 2Ch 31:6; Ne 10:37; 12:44; 13:5; Mal 3:8 of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holyDt 7:6; Ezr 9:2; Isa 6:13 to the Lord.31 Whoever would redeemS Lev 25:25 any of their tithe must add a fifth of the valueLev 5:16 to it.32 Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rodPs 89:32; Jer 33:13; Eze 20:37—will be holy to the Lord.33 No one may pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution.ver 10 If anyone does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.Nu 18:21’”

34 These are the commands the Lord gave Moses at Mount SinaiS Ex 19:11 for the Israelites.S Lev 7:38; Ac 7:38

The Census

The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meetingS Ex 27:21; S 40:2 in the Desert of SinaiS Ex 19:1 on the first day of the second monthver 18 of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt.S Ex 6:14 He said:“Take a censusEx 30:11-16 of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families,ver 18 listing every man by name,Nu 3:40 one by one.You and AaronEx 4:14; Nu 17:3 are to count according to their divisions all the men in Israel who are twenty years old or moreS Ex 30:14 and able to serve in the army.ver 20; Nu 26:2; Jos 5:4; 1Ch 5:18One man from each tribe,S Lev 24:11; S Jos 7:1 each of them the head of his family,ver 16; Nu 7:2; 30:1; 31:26 is to help you.Ex 18:21; Nu 34:18; Dt 1:15; Jos 22:14These are the namesNu 17:2 of the men who are to assist you:

from Reuben,S Ge 29:32; Rev 7:5 Elizur son of Shedeur;Nu 2:10; 7:30; 10:18

from Simeon,ver 22; Nu 25:14 Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai;Nu 2:12; 7:36, 41; 10:19

from Judah,ver 26; S Ge 29:35; Ps 78:68 Nahshon son of Amminadab;Ex 6:23; Nu 7:12; Ru 4:20; 1Ch 2:10; Mt 1:4; Lk 3:32

from Issachar,S Ge 30:18; Nu 10:15 Nethanel son of Zuar;Nu 2:5; 7:18

from Zebulun,ver 30; Nu 10:16 Eliab son of Helon;Nu 2:7; 7:24

10 from the sons of Joseph:

from Ephraim,ver 32 Elishama son of Ammihud;Nu 2:18; 7:48, 53; 10:22

from Manasseh,ver 34; Nu 10:23 Gamaliel son of Pedahzur;Nu 2:20; 7:54

11 from Benjamin,Nu 10:24 Abidan son of Gideoni;Nu 2:22; 7:60; Ps 68:27

12 from Dan,ver 38 Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai;Nu 2:25; 7:66; 10:25

13 from Asher,ver 40; Nu 10:26 Pagiel son of Okran;Nu 2:27; 7:72

14 from Gad,ver 24; Nu 10:20 Eliasaph son of Deuel;Nu 2:14; 7:42

15 from Naphtali,ver 42; Nu 10:27 Ahira son of Enan.Nu 2:29; 7:78

16 These were the men appointed from the community, the leadersS Ex 18:25 of their ancestral tribes.Nu 32:28 They were the heads of the clans of Israel.S ver 4

17 Moses and Aaron took these men whose names had been specified,18 and they called the whole community together on the first day of the second month.ver 1 The people registered their ancestryEzr 2:59; Heb 7:3 by their clans and families,ver 2 and the men twenty years old or moreS Ex 30:14 were listed by name, one by one,19 as the Lord commanded Moses. And so he countedEx 30:12; Nu 26:63; 31:49 them in the Desert of Sinai:

20 From the descendants of ReubenS Ge 29:32; S 46:9; Rev 7:5 the firstborn sonS Ge 10:15 of Israel:

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, one by one, according to the records of their clans and families.21 The number from the tribe of ReubenNu 26:7 was 46,500.

22 From the descendants of Simeon:S Ge 29:33; Rev 7:7

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were counted and listed by name, one by one, according to the records of their clans and families.23 The number from the tribe of Simeon was 59,300.Nu 26:14

24 From the descendants of Gad:S Ge 30:11; S Jos 13:24-28; Rev 7:5

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.25 The number from the tribe of GadGe 46:16; Nu 26:18; 1Ch 5:11 was 45,650.

26 From the descendants of Judah:S ver 7; Mt 1:2; Rev 7:5

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.27 The number from the tribe of JudahNu 26:22 was 74,600.

28 From the descendants of Issachar:S Ge 30:18; Rev 7:7

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.29 The number from the tribe of IssacharS Ge 30:18 was 54,400.Nu 26:25

30 From the descendants of Zebulun:S Ge 30:20; Rev 7:8

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.31 The number from the tribe of Zebulun was 57,400.Nu 26:27

32 From the sons of Joseph:Ge 49:26

From the descendants of Ephraim:S Ge 41:52

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.33 The number from the tribe of EphraimNu 26:37; 1Ch 7:20 was 40,500.

34 From the descendants of Manasseh:S Ge 41:51; Rev 7:6

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.35 The number from the tribe of Manasseh was 32,200.

36 From the descendants of Benjamin:S Ge 35:18; 2Ch 17:17; Jer 32:44; Ob 1:19; Rev 7:8

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.37 The number from the tribe of BenjaminNu 26:41 was 35,400.

38 From the descendants of Dan:Ge 30:6; Dt 33:22

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.39 The number from the tribe of Dan was 62,700.Nu 26:43

40 From the descendants of Asher:S Ge 30:13; Nu 26:44; Rev 7:6

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.41 The number from the tribe of AsherNu 26:47 was 41,500.

42 From the descendants of Naphtali:S Ge 30:8; Rev 7:6

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families.43 The number from the tribe of NaphtaliNu 26:50 was 53,400.S Ex 1:1-4

44 These were the men counted by Moses and AaronNu 26:64 and the twelve leaders of Israel, each one representing his family.45 All the Israelites twenty years old or morever 3; Nu 14:29 who were able to serve in Israel’s army were counted according to their families.Nu 2:3246 The total number was 603,550.S Ex 12:37; 2Sa 24:9

47 The ancestral tribe of the Levites,S Nu 3:17-20 however, was not countedNu 4:3, 49 along with the others.48 The Lord had said to Moses:49 “You must not count the tribe of Levi or include them in the census of the other Israelites.50 Instead, appoint the Levites to be in charge of the tabernacleEx 25:9; S 26:1 of the covenant lawS 16:34; Ac 7:44; Rev 15:5—over all its furnishingsNu 3:31 and everything belonging to it. They are to carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they are to take care of it and encamp around it.51 Whenever the tabernacleS Ex 26:1 is to move,Nu 4:5 the Levites are to take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites shall do it.Nu 3:38; 4:15 Anyone else who approaches it is to be put to death.S Ex 21:1252 The Israelites are to set up their tents by divisions, each of them in their own camp under their standard.Nu 10:14; Ps 20:5; SS 2:4; 6:453 The Levites, however, are to set up their tents around the tabernacleNu 2:10; 3:23, 29, 38 of the covenant law so that my wrath will not fallLev 10:6; Nu 16:46; 18:5; Dt 9:22 on the Israelite community. The Levites are to be responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the covenant law.S Ex 38:21; Nu 18:2-4

54 The Israelites did all this just as the Lord commanded Moses.

14 “If someone dedicates a house to the Lord, the priest will come to assess its value. The priest’s assessment will be final, whether high or low.15 If the person who dedicated the house wants to buy it back, he must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent. Then the house will again be his.

16 “If someone dedicates to the Lord a piece of his family property, its value will be assessed according to the amount of seed required to plant it—fifty shekels of silver for a field planted with five bushels of barley seed.Hebrew 50 shekels [20 ounces or 570 grams] of silver for a homer [220 liters] of barley seed.17 If the field is dedicated to the Lord in the Year of Jubilee, then the entire assessment will apply.18 But if the field is dedicated after the Year of Jubilee, the priest will assess the land’s value in proportion to the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee. Its assessed value is reduced each year.19 If the person who dedicated the field wants to buy it back, he must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent. Then the field will again be legally his.20 But if he does not want to buy it back, and it is sold to someone else, the field can no longer be bought back.21 When the field is released in the Year of Jubilee, it will be holy, a field specially set apartThe Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering; also in 27:28, 29. for the Lord. It will become the property of the priests.

22 “If someone dedicates to the Lord a field he has purchased but which is not part of his family property,23 the priest will assess its value based on the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee. On that day he must give the assessed value of the land as a sacred donation to the Lord.24 In the Year of Jubilee the field must be returned to the person from whom he purchased it, the one who inherited it as family property.25 (All the payments must be measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel,Each shekel was about 0.4 ounces [11 grams] in weight. which equals twenty gerahs.)

26 “You may not dedicate a firstborn animal to the Lord, for the firstborn of your cattle, sheep, and goats already belong to him.27 However, you may buy back the firstborn of a ceremonially unclean animal by paying the priest’s assessment of its worth, plus 20 percent. If you do not buy it back, the priest will sell it at its assessed value.

28 “However, anything specially set apart for the Lord—whether a person, an animal, or family property—must never be sold or bought back. Anything devoted in this way has been set apart as holy, and it belongs to the Lord.29 No person specially set apart for destruction may be bought back. Such a person must be put to death.

30 “One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.31 If you want to buy back the Lord’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent.32 Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy.33 You may not pick and choose between good and bad animals, and you may not substitute one for another. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy and cannot be bought back.”

34 These are the commands that the Lord gave through Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.

Registration of Israel’s Troops

A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the TabernacleHebrew the Tent of Meeting. in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second monthThis day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in April or May. of that year he said,“From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the mentwenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops,and you will be assisted by one family leader from each tribe.

“These are the tribes and the names of the leaders who will assist you:

TribeLeader
ReubenElizur son of Shedeur
SimeonShelumiel son of Zurishaddai
JudahNahshon son of Amminadab
IssacharNethanel son of Zuar
ZebulunEliab son of Helon
10 Ephraim son of JosephElishama son of Ammihud
Manasseh son of JosephGamaliel son of Pedahzur
11 BenjaminAbidan son of Gideoni
12 DanAhiezer son of Ammishaddai
13 AsherPagiel son of Ocran
14 GadEliasaph son of Deuel
15 NaphtaliAhira son of Enan

16 These are the chosen leaders of the community, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.”

17 So Moses and Aaron called together these chosen leaders,18 and they assembled the whole community of Israel on that very day.Hebrew on the first day of the second month; see 1:1. All the people were registered according to their ancestry by their clans and families. The men of Israel who were twenty years old or older were listed one by one,19 just as the Lord had commanded Moses. So Moses recorded their names in the wilderness of Sinai.

20-21 This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and familiesIn the Hebrew text, this sentence (This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and families) is repeated in 1:22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42.:

TribeNumber
Reuben (Jacob’sHebrew Israel’s. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation. oldest son)46,500
22-23 Simeon59,300
24-25 Gad45,650
26-27 Judah74,600
28-29 Issachar54,400
30-31 Zebulun57,400
32-33 Ephraim son of Joseph40,500
34-35 Manasseh son of Joseph32,200
36-37 Benjamin35,400
38-39 Dan62,700
40-41 Asher41,500
42-43 Naphtali53,400

44 These were the men registered by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, all listed according to their ancestral descent.45 They were registered by families—all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older and able to go to war.46 The total number was 603,550.

47 But this total did not include the Levites.48 For the Lord had said to Moses,49 “Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites.50 Put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant,Or Tabernacle of the Testimony; also in 1:53. along with all its furnishings and equipment. They must carry the Tabernacle and all its furnishings as you travel, and they must take care of it and camp around it.51 Whenever it is time for the Tabernacle to move, the Levites will take it down. And when it is time to stop, they will set it up again. But any unauthorized person who goes too near the Tabernacle must be put to death.52 Each tribe of Israel will camp in a designated area with its own family banner.53 But the Levites will camp around the Tabernacle of the Covenant to protect the community of Israel from the Lord’s anger. The Levites are responsible to stand guard around the Tabernacle.”

54 So the Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

14 And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the Lord, then the priest shall estimate it, whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall estimate it, so shall it stand.

15 And if he that sanctified it will redeem his house, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy estimation unto it, and it shall be his.

16 And if a man shall sanctify unto the Lord some part of a field of his possession, then thy estimation shall be according to the seed thereof: an homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver.

17 If he sanctify his field from the year of jubile, according to thy estimation it shall stand.

18 But if he sanctify his field after the jubile, then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain, even unto the year of the jubile, and it shall be abated from thy estimation.

19 And if he that sanctified the field will in any wise redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy estimation unto it, and it shall be assured to him.

20 And if he will not redeem the field, or if he have sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed any more.

21 But the field, when it goeth out in the jubile, shall be holy unto the Lord, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall be the priest's.

22 And if a man sanctify unto the Lord a field which he hath bought, which is not of the fields of his possession;

23 Then the priest shall reckon unto him the worth of thy estimation, even unto the year of the jubile: and he shall give thine estimation in that day, as a holy thing unto the Lord.

24 In the year of the jubile the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land did belong.

25 And all thy estimations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall be the shekel.

26 Only the firstling of the beasts, which should be the Lord's firstling, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox, or sheep: it is the Lord's.

27 And if it be of an unclean beast, then he shall redeem it according to thine estimation, and shall add a fifth part of it thereto: or if it be not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to thy estimation.

28 Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the Lord of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord.

29 None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord.

31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord.

33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.

34 These are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,

Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;

From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.

And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.

And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur.

Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

Of Issachar; Nethaneel the son of Zuar.

Of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon.

10 Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

11 Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni.

12 Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

13 Of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran.

14 Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

15 Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan.

16 These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.

17 And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names:

18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.

19 As the Lord commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.

20 And the children of Reuben, Israel's eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

21 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

22 Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

23 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Simeon, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.

24 Of the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

25 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Gad, were forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.

26 Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

27 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Judah, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.

28 Of the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

29 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Issachar, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.

30 Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

31 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Zebulun, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.

32 Of the children of Joseph, namely, of the children of Ephraim, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

33 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Ephraim, were forty thousand and five hundred.

34 Of the children of Manasseh, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

35 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Manasseh, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.

36 Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

37 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Benjamin, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.

38 Of the children of Dan, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

39 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Dan, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.

40 Of the children of Asher, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

41 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Asher, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.

42 Of the children of Naphtali, throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

43 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Naphtali, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.

44 These are those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers.

45 So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;

46 Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.

47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

48 For the Lord had spoken unto Moses, saying,

49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:

50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.

53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

54 And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did they.

Mark 11:1-26

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King11:1-10pp — Mt 21:1-9; Lk 19:29-3811:7-10pp — Jn 12:12-15

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and BethanyS Mt 21:17 at the Mount of Olives,S Mt 21:1 Jesus sent two of his disciples,saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden.Nu 19:2; Dt 21:3; 1Sa 6:7 Untie it and bring it here.If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway.Mk 14:16 As they untied it,some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 10

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”Psalm 118:25,26Ps 118:25, 26; Mt 23:39

10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”Lk 2:14

11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.Mt 21:12, 17

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts11:12-14pp — Mt 21:18-2211:15-18pp — Mt 21:12-16; Lk 19:45-47; Jn 2:13-1611:20-24pp — Mt 21:19-22

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.Lk 13:6-914 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’Isaiah 56:7?Isa 56:7 But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’Jer. 7:11Jer 7:11

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him,Mt 21:46; Mk 12:12; Lk 20:19 because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.S Mt 7:28

19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciplesSome early manuscripts came, Jesus went out of the city.Lk 21:37

20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi,S Mt 23:7 look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.23 “TrulySome early manuscripts “If you have faith in God,” Jesus answered, 23 “truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.S Mt 21:2124 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.S Mt 7:725 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”S Mt 6:14[26] Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 6:15.

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

11 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead.“Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’”

The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door.As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it.Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.

Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields.Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God!Greek Hosanna, an exclamation of praise that literally means “save now”; also in 11:10.

Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

10 Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David!

Praise God in highest heaven!”Pss 118:25-26; 148:1.

11 So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

12 The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.13 He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit.14 Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it.

Jesus Clears the Temple

15 When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves,16 and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace.Or from carrying merchandise through the Temple.17 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”Isa 56:7; Jer 7:11.

18 When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so amazed at his teaching.

19 That evening Jesus and the disciples leftGreek they left; other manuscripts read he left. the city.

20 The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up.21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”

22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.Some manuscripts add verse 26, But if you refuse to forgive, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins. Compare Matt 6:15.

11 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.

20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Psalm 46:1-11

Psalm 46In Hebrew texts 46:1-11 is numbered 46:2-12.

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.Title: Probably a musical term A song.

God is our refugePs 9:9; 37:39; 61:3; 73:26; 91:2, 9; 142:5; Isa 33:16; Jer 16:19; 17:17; Joel 3:16; Na 1:7 and strength,Ps 18:1

an ever-presentPs 34:18; La 3:57 helpPs 18:6; Lk 1:54 in trouble.S Dt 4:30; Ps 25:17

Therefore we will not fear,S Ge 4:7; Ps 3:6 though the earth give wayPs 82:5; Isa 13:13; 24:1, 19, 20; Jer 4:23; Da 11:19; Am 8:14; S Rev 6:14

and the mountains fallver 6; Ps 18:7; 97:5; Isa 54:10; Am 9:5; Mic 1:4; Na 1:5; Hab 3:6 into the heart of the sea,Ex 15:8

though its waters roarPs 93:3; Isa 17:13; Jer 5:22; Eze 1:24; Rev 19:6 and foamS Job 9:26

and the mountains quakeS Jdg 5:5 with their surging.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 11.

There is a riverS Ge 2:10; Rev 22:1 whose streamsS Ps 1:3 make glad the city of God,Ps 48:1, 8; 87:3; 101:8; Rev 3:12

the holy place where the Most HighGe 14:18 dwells.S 2Sa 15:25

God is within her,Dt 23:14; S Ps 26:8; Isa 12:6; Zec 2:5 she will not fall;Ps 125:1

God will helpS 1Ch 5:20 her at break of day.

NationsS Job 12:23 are in uproar,Ps 74:23; Isa 5:30; 17:12 kingdomsPs 68:32; 102:22; Isa 13:4, 13; 23:11; Eze 26:18; Mt 4:8 fall;

he lifts his voice,S Ps 29:3; Isa 33:3 the earth melts.S ver 2

The Lord AlmightyS 1Sa 1:11 is with us;S Ge 21:22

the God of JacobS Ps 20:1 is our fortress.ver 11; Ps 18:2

Come and see what the Lord has done,Ps 66:5

the desolationsIsa 17:9; 64:10; Da 9:26; Lk 21:20 he has brought on the earth.

He makes warsIsa 2:4 cease

to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bowS Ps 37:15; S Isa 22:6 and shatters the spear;

he burns the shieldsOr chariots with fire.Isa 9:5; Eze 39:9; Hos 2:18

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;Dt 4:35; 1Ki 18:36, 39; Ps 100:3; Isa 37:16, 20; 43:11; 45:21; Eze 36:23

I will be exaltedPs 18:46; Isa 2:11 among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of JacobS Ps 20:1 is our fortress.S ver 7

Psalm 46

For the choir director: A song of the descendants of Korah, to be sung by soprano voices.Hebrew according to alamoth.

God is our refuge and strength,

always ready to help in times of trouble.

So we will not fear when earthquakes come

and the mountains crumble into the sea.

Let the oceans roar and foam.

Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude

A river brings joy to the city of our God,

the sacred home of the Most High.

God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.

From the very break of day, God will protect it.

The nations are in chaos,

and their kingdoms crumble!

God’s voice thunders,

and the earth melts!

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;

the God of IsraelHebrew of Jacob; also in 46:11. See note on 44:4. is our fortress. Interlude

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:

See how he brings destruction upon the world.

He causes wars to end throughout the earth.

He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;

he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!

I will be honored by every nation.

I will be honored throughout the world.”

11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;

the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude

46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Proverbs 10:23

23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,S Pr 2:14

but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool,

but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.

23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

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