Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

What folly it is to trust in our wealth and boast of our great riches! The psalmist described the futility of hoarding wealth, which has no power to redeem our lives from sin. Ultimately, all the wealth we amass will be left to others. The psalmist continued, saying that the rich will not be pampered forever on their estates. One day they will die, taking none of their worldly wealth with them. Like all men, their bodies will rot in their graves.

Someone once said, "You will be dead a lot longer than you will be alive!" We would be looked upon as foolish to think we could send treasures to heaven ahead of ourselves. Everyone knows that is impossible. The only way we can take any wealth into eternity is to give it to God here on earth and reap our eternal reward.

The story of the sacrificial widow clearly illustrates how God will reward us in eternity. It is not the amount given but the amount sacrificed that matters to God. The amount we give may be small, but if it represents great sacrifice, it is of more value to God than great riches. Just as each tabernacle offering was recorded in Numbers 7, so each of our offerings is recorded in God's eternal record. We will find those treasures in heaven for all eternity!

Numbers 6:1-7:89

The Nazirite

The Lord said to Moses,“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vowver 5; S Ge 28:20; Ac 21:23, a vow of dedicationver 6 to the Lord as a Nazirite,Jdg 13:5; 16:17they must abstain from wineS Lev 10:9; S Lk 1:15 and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegarRu 2:14; Ps 69:21; Pr 10:26 made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapesS Lev 25:5 or raisins.As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.

“‘During the entire period of their Nazirite vow, no razorPs 52:2; 57:4; 59:7; Isa 7:20; Eze 5:1 may be used on their head.1Sa 1:11 They must be holy until the period of their dedication to the Lord is over; they must let their hair grow long.

“‘Throughout the period of their dedication to the Lord, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body.S Lev 21:1-3; Nu 19:11-22Even if their own father or mother or brother or sister dies, they must not make themselves ceremonially uncleanNu 9:6 on account of them, because the symbol of their dedication to God is on their head.Throughout the period of their dedication, they are consecrated to the Lord.

“‘If someone dies suddenly in the Nazirite’s presence, thus defiling the hair that symbolizes their dedication,ver 18 they must shave their head on the seventh day—the day of their cleansing.S Lev 14:910 Then on the eighth dayS Lev 14:10 they must bring two doves or two young pigeonsS Lev 5:7 to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting.Lev 14:1111 The priest is to offer one as a sin offeringOr purification offering; also in verses 14 and 16S Ex 30:10 and the other as a burnt offeringS Ge 8:20 to make atonementS Ex 29:36 for the Nazirite because they sinned by being in the presence of the dead body. That same day they are to consecrate their head again.12 They must rededicate themselves to the Lord for the same period of dedication and must bring a year-old male lambS Lev 12:6 as a guilt offering.S Lev 5:15 The previous days do not count, because they became defiled during their period of dedication.

13 “‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite when the period of their dedication is over.Ac 21:26 They are to be brought to the entrance to the tent of meeting.Lev 14:1114 There they are to present their offerings to the Lord: a year-old male lamb without defectS Ex 12:5 for a burnt offering, a year-old ewe lamb without defect for a sin offering,ver 11; Lev 4:3; 14:10 a ramS Lev 5:15 without defect for a fellowship offering,Lev 3:115 together with their grain offeringsLev 2:1; S 6:14 and drink offerings,S Ge 35:14 and a basket of bread made with the finest flour and without yeast—thick loaves with olive oil mixed in, and thin loaves brushed with olive oil.S Ex 29:2

16 “‘The priest is to present all theseLev 1:3 before the Lordver 10 and make the sin offering and the burnt offering.ver 1117 He is to present the basket of unleavened bread and is to sacrifice the ram as a fellowship offeringLev 3:1 to the Lord, together with its grain offeringS Ex 29:41 and drink offering.Lev 23:13

18 “‘Then at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the Nazirite must shave off the hair that symbolizes their dedication.ver 9; Ac 21:24 They are to take the hair and put it in the fire that is under the sacrifice of the fellowship offering.

19 “‘After the Nazirite has shaved off the hair that symbolizes their dedication, the priest is to place in their hands a boiled shoulder of the ram, and one thick loaf and one thin loaf from the basket, both made without yeast.Lev 7:1220 The priest shall then wave these before the Lord as a wave offering;Lev 7:30 they are holyS Lev 27:9 and belong to the priest, together with the breast that was waved and the thigh that was presented.S Lev 7:34 After that, the Nazirite may drink wine.Ecc 9:7

21 “‘This is the law of the Naziritever 13 who vows offerings to the Lord in accordance with their dedication, in addition to whatever else they can afford. They must fulfill the vowsver 2 they have made, according to the law of the Nazirite.’”

The Priestly Blessing

22 The Lord said to Moses,23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to blessDt 21:5; 1Ch 23:13 the Israelites. Say to them:

24 “‘“The Lord bless youS Ge 28:3; Dt 28:3-6; Ps 28:9; 128:5

and keep you;1Sa 2:9; Ps 17:8

25 the Lord make his face shine on youJob 29:24; Ps 4:6; 31:16; 80:3; 119:135

and be gracious to you;Ge 43:29; Ps 25:16; 86:16; 119:29

26 the Lord turn his facePs 4:6; 44:3 toward you

and give you peace.Ps 4:8; 29:11; 37:11, 37; 127:2; Isa 14:7; Jer 33:6; Jn 14:27”’

27 “So they will put my nameDt 28:10; 2Sa 7:23; 2Ch 7:14; Ne 9:10; Jer 25:29; Eze 36:23 on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

Offerings at the Dedication of the Tabernacle

When Moses finished setting up the tabernacle,Ex 40:17 he anointedS Ex 30:26 and consecrated it and all its furnishings.S Ex 40:9 He also anointed and consecrated the altar and all its utensils.ver 84, 88; Ex 40:10; 2Ch 7:9Then the leaders of Israel,Nu 1:5-16 the heads of families who were the tribal leaders in charge of those who were counted,Nu 1:19 made offerings.They brought as their gifts before the Lord six covered cartsGe 45:19; 1Sa 6:7-14; 1Ch 13:7 and twelve oxen—an ox from each leader and a cart from every two. These they presented before the tabernacle.

The Lord said to Moses,“Accept these from them, that they may be used in the work at the tent of meeting. Give them to the Levites as each man’s work requires.”

So Moses took the carts and oxen and gave them to the Levites.He gave two carts and four oxen to the Gershonites,Nu 4:24-26, 28 as their work required,and he gave four carts and eight oxen to the Merarites,Nu 4:31-33 as their work required. They were all under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest.But Moses did not give any to the Kohathites,Nu 4:4 because they were to carry on their shouldersNu 4:15 the holy things, for which they were responsible.

10 When the altar was anointed,ver 1; S Ex 29:36 the leaders brought their offerings for its dedication2Ch 7:9 and presented them before the altar.11 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Each day one leader is to bring his offering for the dedication of the altar.”

12 The one who brought his offering on the first day was NahshonS Nu 1:7 son of Amminadab of the tribe of Judah.

13 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekelsThat is, about 3 1/4 pounds or about 1.5 kilograms; also elsewhere in this chapter and one silver sprinkling bowlS Ex 27:3 weighing seventy shekels,That is, about 1 3/4 pounds or about 800 grams; also elsewhere in this chapterver 85 both according to the sanctuary shekel,S Ex 30:13; Lev 27:3-7 each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;Lev 2:1; Nu 6:15; 15:414 one gold dishver 20; 1Ki 7:50; 2Ki 25:14; 2Ch 4:22; 24:14 weighing ten shekels,That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams; also elsewhere in this chapterver 86 filled with incense;S Ex 25:615 one young bull,Ex 24:5; 29:3; Nu 28:11 one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;Lev 1:316 one male goat for a sin offeringOr purification offering; also elsewhere in this chapter;Lev 4:317 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering.Lev 3:1 This was the offering of Nahshon son of Amminadab.Nu 1:7

18 On the second day Nethanel son of Zuar,S Nu 1:8 the leader of Issachar, brought his offering.

19 The offering he brought was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;20 one gold dishS ver 14 weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;21 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;22 one male goat for a sin offering;23 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Nethanel son of Zuar.

24 On the third day, Eliab son of Helon,S Nu 1:9 the leader of the people of Zebulun, brought his offering.

25 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;26 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;27 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;28 one male goat for a sin offering;29 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Eliab son of Helon.

30 On the fourth day Elizur son of Shedeur,S Nu 1:5 the leader of the people of Reuben, brought his offering.

31 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;32 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;33 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;34 one male goat for a sin offering;35 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Elizur son of Shedeur.

36 On the fifth day Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai,S Nu 1:6 the leader of the people of Simeon, brought his offering.

37 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;38 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;39 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;40 one male goat for a sin offering;41 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.

42 On the sixth day Eliasaph son of Deuel,S Nu 1:14 the leader of the people of Gad, brought his offering.

43 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;44 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;45 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;46 one male goat for a sin offering;47 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Eliasaph son of Deuel.

48 On the seventh day Elishama son of Ammihud,S Nu 1:10 the leader of the people of Ephraim, brought his offering.

49 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;50 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;51 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;52 one male goat for a sin offering;53 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Elishama son of Ammihud.S Nu 1:10

54 On the eighth day Gamaliel son of Pedahzur,S Nu 1:10 the leader of the people of Manasseh, brought his offering.

55 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;56 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;57 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;58 one male goat for a sin offering;59 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.

60 On the ninth day Abidan son of Gideoni,S Nu 1:11 the leader of the people of Benjamin, brought his offering.

61 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;62 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;63 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;64 one male goat for a sin offering;65 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Abidan son of Gideoni.

66 On the tenth day Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai,S Nu 1:12 the leader of the people of Dan, brought his offering.

67 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;68 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;69 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;70 one male goat for a sin offering;71 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.

72 On the eleventh day Pagiel son of Okran,S Nu 1:13 the leader of the people of Asher, brought his offering.

73 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;74 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;75 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;76 one male goat for a sin offering;77 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Pagiel son of Okran.

78 On the twelfth day Ahira son of Enan,S Nu 1:15 the leader of the people of Naphtali, brought his offering.

79 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering;80 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;81 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;82 one male goat for a sin offering;83 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Ahira son of Enan.

84 These were the offerings of the Israelite leaders for the dedication of the altar when it was anointed:ver 1, 10 twelve silver plates, twelve silver sprinkling bowlsS Nu 4:14 and twelve gold dishes.ver 1485 Each silver plate weighed a hundred and thirty shekels, and each sprinkling bowl seventy shekels. Altogether, the silver dishes weighed two thousand four hundred shekels,That is, about 60 pounds or about 28 kilograms according to the sanctuary shekel.ver 1386 The twelve gold dishes filled with incense weighed ten shekels each, according to the sanctuary shekel.ver 13 Altogether, the gold dishes weighed a hundred and twenty shekels.That is, about 3 pounds or about 1.4 kilograms87 The total number of animals for the burnt offeringver 15 came to twelve young bulls, twelve rams and twelve male lambs a year old, together with their grain offering.ver 13 Twelve male goats were used for the sin offering.ver 1688 The total number of animals for the sacrifice of the fellowship offeringver 17 came to twenty-four oxen, sixty rams, sixty male goats and sixty male lambsGe 32:14 a year old. These were the offerings for the dedication of the altar after it was anointed.S ver 1, 10

89 When Moses entered the tent of meetingS Ex 40:2 to speak with the Lord,S Ex 29:42 he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement coverS Ex 16:34; Ps 80:1; 99:1 on the ark of the covenant law.Nu 3:31 In this way the Lord spoke to him.

Nazirite Laws

Then the Lord said to Moses,“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel.

“If any of the people, either men or women, take the special vow of a Nazirite, setting themselves apart to the Lord in a special way,they must give up wine and other alcoholic drinks. They must not use vinegar made from wine or from other alcoholic drinks, they must not drink fresh grape juice, and they must not eat grapes or raisins.As long as they are bound by their Nazirite vow, they are not allowed to eat or drink anything that comes from a grapevine—not even the grape seeds or skins.

“They must never cut their hair throughout the time of their vow, for they are holy and set apart to the Lord. Until the time of their vow has been fulfilled, they must let their hair grow long.And they must not go near a dead body during the entire period of their vow to the Lord.Even if the dead person is their own father, mother, brother, or sister, they must not defile themselves, for the hair on their head is the symbol of their separation to God.This requirement applies as long as they are set apart to the Lord.

“If someone falls dead beside them, the hair they have dedicated will be defiled. They must wait for seven days and then shave their heads. Then they will be cleansed from their defilement.10 On the eighth day they must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle.Hebrew the Tent of Meeting; also in 6:13, 18.11 The priest will offer one of the birds for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way, he will purify themOr make atonement for them. from the guilt they incurred through contact with the dead body. Then they must reaffirm their commitment and let their hair begin to grow again.12 The days of their vow that were completed before their defilement no longer count. They must rededicate themselves to the Lord as a Nazirite for the full term of their vow, and each must bring a one-year-old male lamb for a guilt offering.

13 “This is the ritual law for Nazirites. At the conclusion of their time of separation as Nazirites, they must each go to the entrance of the Tabernacle14 and offer their sacrifices to the Lord: a one-year-old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering, a one-year-old female lamb without defect for a sin offering, a ram without defect for a peace offering,15 a basket of bread made without yeast—cakes of choice flour mixed with olive oil and wafers spread with olive oil—along with their prescribed grain offerings and liquid offerings.16 The priest will present these offerings before the Lord: first the sin offering and the burnt offering;17 then the ram for a peace offering, along with the basket of bread made without yeast. The priest must also present the prescribed grain offering and liquid offering to the Lord.

18 “Then the Nazirites will shave their heads at the entrance of the Tabernacle. They will take the hair that had been dedicated and place it on the fire beneath the peace-offering sacrifice.19 After the Nazirite’s head has been shaved, the priest will take for each of them the boiled shoulder of the ram, and he will take from the basket a cake and a wafer made without yeast. He will put them all into the Nazirite’s hands.20 Then the priest will lift them up as a special offering before the Lord. These are holy portions for the priest, along with the breast of the special offering and the thigh of the sacred offering that are lifted up before the Lord. After this ceremony the Nazirites may again drink wine.

21 “This is the ritual law of the Nazirites, who vow to bring these offerings to the Lord. They may also bring additional offerings if they can afford it. And they must be careful to do whatever they vowed when they set themselves apart as Nazirites.”

The Priestly Blessing

22 Then the Lord said to Moses,23 “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:

24 ‘May the Lord bless you

and protect you.

25 May the Lord smile on you

and be gracious to you.

26 May the Lord show you his favor

and give you his peace.’

27 Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”

Offerings of Dedication

On the day Moses set up the Tabernacle, he anointed it and set it apart as holy. He also anointed and set apart all its furnishings and the altar with its utensils.Then the leaders of Israel—the tribal leaders who had registered the troops—came and brought their offerings.Together they brought six large wagons and twelve oxen. There was a wagon for every two leaders and an ox for each leader. They presented these to the Lord in front of the Tabernacle.

Then the Lord said to Moses,“Receive their gifts, and use these oxen and wagons for transporting the Tabernacle.Hebrew the Tent of Meeting; also in 7:89. Distribute them among the Levites according to the work they have to do.”So Moses took the wagons and oxen and presented them to the Levites.He gave two wagons and four oxen to the Gershonite division for their work,and he gave four wagons and eight oxen to the Merarite division for their work. All their work was done under the leadership of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.But he gave none of the wagons or oxen to the Kohathite division, since they were required to carry the sacred objects of the Tabernacle on their shoulders.

10 The leaders also presented dedication gifts for the altar at the time it was anointed. They each placed their gifts before the altar.11 The Lord said to Moses, “Let one leader bring his gift each day for the dedication of the altar.”

12 On the first day Nahshon son of Amminadab, leader of the tribe of Judah, presented his offering.

13 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 poundsHebrew silver platter weighing 130 [shekels] [1.5 kilograms] and a silver basin weighing 70 shekels [800 grams]; also in 7:19, 25, 31, 37, 43, 49, 55, 61, 67, 73, 79, 85. (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.14 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces,Hebrew 10 [shekels] [114 grams]; also in 7:20, 26, 32, 38, 44, 50, 56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86. which was filled with incense.15 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,16 and a male goat for a sin offering.17 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Nahshon son of Amminadab.

18 On the second day Nethanel son of Zuar, leader of the tribe of Issachar, presented his offering.

19 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.20 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.21 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,22 and a male goat for a sin offering.23 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Nethanel son of Zuar.

24 On the third day Eliab son of Helon, leader of the tribe of Zebulun, presented his offering.

25 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.26 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.27 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,28 and a male goat for a sin offering.29 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Eliab son of Helon.

30 On the fourth day Elizur son of Shedeur, leader of the tribe of Reuben, presented his offering.

31 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.32 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.33 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,34 and a male goat for a sin offering.35 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Elizur son of Shedeur.

36 On the fifth day Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai, leader of the tribe of Simeon, presented his offering.

37 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.38 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.39 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,40 and a male goat for a sin offering.41 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.

42 On the sixth day Eliasaph son of Deuel, leader of the tribe of Gad, presented his offering.

43 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.44 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.45 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,46 and a male goat for a sin offering.47 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Eliasaph son of Deuel.

48 On the seventh day Elishama son of Ammihud, leader of the tribe of Ephraim, presented his offering.

49 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.50 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.51 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,52 and a male goat for a sin offering.53 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Elishama son of Ammihud.

54 On the eighth day Gamaliel son of Pedahzur, leader of the tribe of Manasseh, presented his offering.

55 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.56 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.57 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,58 and a male goat for a sin offering.59 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.

60 On the ninth day Abidan son of Gideoni, leader of the tribe of Benjamin, presented his offering.

61 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.62 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.63 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,64 and a male goat for a sin offering.65 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Abidan son of Gideoni.

66 On the tenth day Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai, leader of the tribe of Dan, presented his offering.

67 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.68 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.69 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,70 and a male goat for a sin offering.71 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.

72 On the eleventh day Pagiel son of Ocran, leader of the tribe of Asher, presented his offering.

73 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.74 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.75 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,76 and a male goat for a sin offering.77 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Pagiel son of Ocran.

78 On the twelfth day Ahira son of Enan, leader of the tribe of Naphtali, presented his offering.

79 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil.80 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces, which was filled with incense.81 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,82 and a male goat for a sin offering.83 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Ahira son of Enan.

84 So this was the dedication offering brought by the leaders of Israel at the time the altar was anointed: twelve silver platters, twelve silver basins, and twelve gold incense containers.85 Each silver platter weighed 3 1⁄4 pounds, and each silver basin weighed 1 3⁄4 pounds. The total weight of the silver was 60 poundsHebrew 2,400 [shekels] [27.6 kilograms]. (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel).86 Each of the twelve gold containers that was filled with incense weighed four ounces (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). The total weight of the gold was three pounds.Hebrew 120 [shekels] [1.4 kilograms].87 Twelve young bulls, twelve rams, and twelve one-year-old male lambs were donated for the burnt offerings, along with their prescribed grain offerings. Twelve male goats were brought for the sin offerings.88 Twenty-four bulls, sixty rams, sixty male goats, and sixty one-year-old male lambs were donated for the peace offerings. This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed.

89 Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant.Or Ark of the Testimony. The Lord spoke to him from there.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord:

He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.

All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

All the days that he separateth himself unto the Lord he shall come at no dead body.

He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.

All the days of his separation he is holy unto the Lord.

And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.

10 And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

11 And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead, and shall hallow his head that same day.

12 And he shall consecrate unto the Lord the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.

13 And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

14 And he shall offer his offering unto the Lord, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings,

15 And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.

16 And the priest shall bring them before the Lord, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering:

17 And he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the Lord, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also his meat offering, and his drink offering.

18 And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

19 And the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after the hair of his separation is shaven:

20 And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the Lord: this is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder: and after that the Nazarite may drink wine.

21 This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed, and of his offering unto the Lord for his separation, beside that that his hand shall get: according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the law of his separation.

22 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them;

That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered:

And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the tabernacle.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.

And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites.

Two wagons and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gershon, according to their service:

And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders.

10 And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar.

11 And the Lord said unto Moses, They shall offer their offering, each prince on his day, for the dedicating of the altar.

12 And he that offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah:

13 And his offering was one silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

14 One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense:

15 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

16 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

17 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

18 On the second day Nethaneel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar, did offer:

19 He offered for his offering one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

20 One spoon of gold of ten shekels, full of incense:

21 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

22 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

23 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nethaneel the son of Zuar.

24 On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, prince of the children of Zebulun, did offer:

25 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

26 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

27 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

28 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

29 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.

30 On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben, did offer:

31 His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

32 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

33 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

34 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

35 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur.

36 On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon, did offer:

37 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

38 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

39 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

40 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

41 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad, offered:

43 His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

44 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

45 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

46 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

47 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

48 On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim, offered:

49 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

50 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

51 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

52 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

53 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.

54 On the eighth day offered Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh:

55 His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

56 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

57 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

58 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

59 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

60 On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin, offered:

61 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

62 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

63 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

64 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

65 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni.

66 On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, prince of the children of Dan, offered:

67 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

68 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

69 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

70 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

71 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

72 On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher, offered:

73 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

74 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

75 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

76 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

77 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ocran.

78 On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali, offered:

79 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:

80 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:

81 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:

82 One kid of the goats for a sin offering:

83 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.

84 This was the dedication of the altar, in the day when it was anointed, by the princes of Israel: twelve chargers of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve spoons of gold:

85 Each charger of silver weighing an hundred and thirty shekels, each bowl seventy: all the silver vessels weighed two thousand and four hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:

86 The golden spoons were twelve, full of incense, weighing ten shekels apiece, after the shekel of the sanctuary: all the gold of the spoons was an hundred and twenty shekels.

87 All the oxen for the burnt offering were twelve bullocks, the rams twelve, the lambs of the first year twelve, with their meat offering: and the kids of the goats for sin offering twelve.

88 And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings were twenty and four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty. This was the dedication of the altar, after that it was anointed.

89 And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.

Mark 12:38-13:13

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.Lk 11:4340 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering12:41-44pp — Lk 21:1-4

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put2Ki 12:9; Jn 8:20 and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”2Co 8:12

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times13:1-37pp — Mt 24:1-51; Lk 21:5-36

13 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”Lk 19:44

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of OlivesS Mt 21:1 opposite the temple, Peter, James, JohnS Mt 4:21 and Andrew asked him privately,“Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you.ver 22; Jer 29:8; Eph 5:6; 2Th 2:3, 10-12; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 3:13; 1Jn 4:6Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues.S Mt 10:17 On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.Mt 10:19, 20; Lk 12:11, 12

12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.Mic 7:6; Mt 10:21; Lk 12:51-5313 Everyone will hate you because of me,S Jn 15:21 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.S Mt 10:22

38 Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces.39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets.40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.”

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts.42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.Greek two lepta, which is a kodrantes [i.e., a quadrans].

43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

Jesus Speaks about the Future

13 As Jesus was leaving the Temple that day, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! Look at the impressive stones in the walls.”

Jesus replied, “Yes, look at these great buildings. But they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately and asked him,“Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to be fulfilled?”

Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you,for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’Greek claiming, ‘I am.’ They will deceive many.And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

“When these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the local councils and beaten in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.Or But this will be your testimony against them.10 For the Good News must first be preached to all nations.Or all peoples.11 But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

12 “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.13 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers.Greek on account of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,

39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:

40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

13 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Psalm 49:1-20

Psalm 49In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

HearIsa 1:2 this, all you peoples;Ps 78:1

listen, all who live in this world,S Ps 33:8

both low and high,Ps 62:9

rich and poor alike:

My mouth will speak words of wisdom;S Ps 37:30

the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.Ps 119:130

I will turn my ear to a proverb;Ps 78:2; Pr 1:6; Eze 12:22; 16:44; 18:2-3; Lk 4:23

with the harpS 1Sa 16:16; Ps 33:2 I will expound my riddle:S Nu 12:8

Why should I fearPs 23:4; 27:1 when evil days come,

when wicked deceivers surround me—

those who trust in their wealthS Job 22:25; Ps 73:12; Jer 48:7

and boastS Ps 10:3 of their great riches?S Job 36:19

No one can redeem the life of another

or give to God a ransom for them—

the ransomS Nu 35:31 for a life is costly,

no payment is ever enough—Mt 16:26

so that they should live onPs 22:29; 89:48 forever

and not see decay.Ps 16:10

10 For all can see that the wise die,Ecc 2:16

that the foolish and the senselessPs 92:6; 94:8 also perish,

leaving their wealthS Job 27:17 to others.Ecc 2:18, 21; Lk 12:20

11 Their tombsMk 5:3; Lk 8:27 will remain their housesSeptuagint and Syriac; Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain forever,

their dwellings for endless generations,Ps 106:31

though they hadOr generations, / for they have namedS Dt 3:14 lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;S Job 14:2

they are like the beasts that perish.ver 20; 2Pe 2:12

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,Lk 12:20

and of their followers, who approve their sayings.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 15.

14 They are like sheep and are destinedJer 43:11; Eze 31:14 to die;Nu 16:30; S Job 21:13; Ps 9:17; 55:15

death will be their shepherd

(but the upright will prevailIsa 14:2; Da 7:18; 1Co 6:2 over them in the morning).

Their forms will decay in the grave,

far from their princely mansions.

15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;Ps 56:13; Hos 13:14

he will surely take me to himself.S Ge 5:24

16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,

when the splendor of their houses increases;

17 for they will take nothing1Ti 6:7 with them when they die,

their splendor will not descend with them.S Ps 17:14

18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—Ps 10:6; Lk 12:19

and people praise you when you prosper—

19 they will join those who have gone before them,S Ge 15:15

who will never again see the lightS Job 33:30 of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understandingPr 16:16

are like the beasts that perish.S ver 12

Psalm 49

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

Listen to this, all you people!

Pay attention, everyone in the world!

High and low,

rich and poor—listen!

For my words are wise,

and my thoughts are filled with insight.

I listen carefully to many proverbs

and solve riddles with inspiration from a harp.

Why should I fear when trouble comes,

when enemies surround me?

They trust in their wealth

and boast of great riches.

Yet they cannot redeem themselves from deathSome Hebrew manuscripts read no one can redeem the life of another.

by paying a ransom to God.

Redemption does not come so easily,

for no one can ever pay enough

to live forever

and never see the grave.

10 Those who are wise must finally die,

just like the foolish and senseless,

leaving all their wealth behind.

11 The graveAs in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads Their inward [thought]. is their eternal home,

where they will stay forever.

They may name their estates after themselves,

12 but their fame will not last.

They will die, just like animals.

13 This is the fate of fools,

though they are remembered as being wise.The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Interlude

14 Like sheep, they are led to the grave,Hebrew Sheol; also in 49:14b, 15.

where death will be their shepherd.

In the morning the godly will rule over them.

Their bodies will rot in the grave,

far from their grand estates.

15 But as for me, God will redeem my life.

He will snatch me from the power of the grave. Interlude

16 So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich

and their homes become ever more splendid.

17 For when they die, they take nothing with them.

Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.

18 In this life they consider themselves fortunate

and are applauded for their success.

19 But they will die like all before them

and never again see the light of day.

20 People who boast of their wealth don’t understand;

they will die, just like animals.

49 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:

Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Proverbs 10:27-28

27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,S ver 11; Dt 11:9; Pr 9:10-11; 19:23; 22:4

but the years of the wicked are cut short.S Job 15:32

28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,

but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.Est 7:10; S Job 8:13; Ps 112:10; Pr 11:7

27 Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life,

but the years of the wicked are cut short.

28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness,

but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.

27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

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