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The cycle of life for the woman is the baby, girl, woman, and grandmother. These are the four directions of life. She has been given by natural laws, the ability to reproduce life. The most sacred of all things is life. Therefore, all men should treat her with dignity and respect. Never was it our way to harm her mentally or physically. Indian men were never abusers. We always treated our women with respect and understanding. So from now on:

I will treat women in a sacred manner. The Creator gave women the responsibility for bringing new life into the world. Life is sacred, so I will look upon the women in a sacred manner.

In our traditional ways, the woman is the foundation of the family. I will work with her to create a home atmosphere of respect, security and harmony.

I will refrain from any form of emotional or physical abuse. If I have these feelings, I will talk to the Creator for guidance.


I will treat all women as if they were my own female relatives. This is my vow. - Native American Elders

2- Treat every woman from the tiniest child to the oldest one with respect at all times. Always treat a woman with honor and consideration.


3- The Old Ones say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sings the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep our people strong; be respectful, gentle, and modest. -Village Wise Man, Lakota


4- The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the woman.

5- "A people is not defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground."– Cheyenne saying

6- "Always do what your mother asks!"

7- The Elders say the men should look at women in a sacred way. The men should never put women down or shame them in any way. When we have problems, we should seek their counsel. We should share with them openly. A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. We must treat her in a good way.


8- A spear is a big responsibility. I am one with the Earth. All around me my land is beauty. Navajo (Dine) Chants

9- A man who looks first to a woman's outer beauty will never know her beauty divine, for there is dust upon his eyes and he is blind. But a man who sees in a woman the spirit of the Great One and sees her beauty first in spirit and truth, that man will know "Divinity" in that woman. - White Buffalo Calf Woman

10- All women in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator, giver of life and source of all human life they must all be respected.

11- The hurt of one woman is the hurt of all women, the honor of one woman is the honor of all women. Show honor and esteem for all women! Consider and treat them with deference or courtesy

Responses to "Women Are Sacred: 11 Native American Quotes About Women"

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  1. Anonymous says:

    surprised that nobody has commented yet... i wonder if this is an unpopular topic?

  2. Anonymous says:

    this is all true, this is the natural way for things to be - what a shame that in our western culture we are driven by quite superficial 'values' that take away from us oue intuitive thinking.

  3. Anonymous says:

    well, well, it's not only a wonderful read, it feels right while reading, not because I am female, it feels like the natural order. We lost all over our traditional, natural values and behaviours in favour of power and money and thereby we destroy nature, people, spirituality, souls.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This has always been in my heart and I have seen these truths in my mother's eyes. I will pass this on to my daughters. It is good to find the natural order of things and the world is a more balanced place when men and women use their natural strengths and give thanks for what we have.

  5. Anonymous says:

    i like it so much. i would give anything that people, treat each other in this way in the western culture too

  6. LadyBey says:

    Righteousness! I love this! I think it's important for us as women to know our worth. I think it's important for men to know how special woman are and how to treat them

  7. Anonymous says:

    thank you for sharing, very uplifting wisdom.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you. I needed this enlightenment.

  9. This TRULY blessed me. Thx for sharing. #Humbling

  10. There are endless others I love ! Like behinfmd every great man is a women rolling her eyes! Jim Carey
    There has never been anything a ma. Has done that a woman didn't approve of or in courage first! Bob Dylan

  11. Anonymous says:

    So uplifting never read something so beautiful it calms my hurt soul.

  12. Beautiful =)

  13. This should be taught in every family, every school allover the earth, because it reflect profound understanding of the cosmic law and would create harmony with life in each society.

  14. Wisdom within these words <3

  15. Anonymous says:

    en complément:
    http://www.euroscientist.com/womens-rights-owes-to-ethnological-studies/

  16. Anonymous says:

    To complete you can read the beautiful " SQUAWS " by Patrick DEVAL ( Ed Hoebeke )
    http://www.hoebeke.fr/ouvrages/422/

  17. Anonymous says:

    Squaw is a white word used to ask for sex by the early traders. It does not bring honor to any woman.
    I am glad this site brought these teachings back to our minds and hearts.

  18. Anonymous says:

    In the 1700 the seven Cherokee Tribes had a writer notice the chiefs were from female blood lines.. I wonder if there was ever a female chief >>? Now that would make a movie . Especially if they really migrated north with Aztec blood lines ... Running from the female sacrifices .. Maybe

  19. yes this should be the teachings, not white mans school

  20. The world would be a better, safer place if everyone knew these truths.

  21. D Jones says:

    Such great words belong in all of our hearts.

  22. Dale Naylor, Chickasaw says:

    This is much of how my mother taught me. As Rainbow Warriors rise to rescue Father Sky - Mother Earth women will be the strength, wisdom and force of victory. Every man should carry this in his heart.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The woman says it best when it is said that when a man chooses his woman by what his eye sees he has dust on his eyes because he does not see the divine that she is.

  24. A pretty awesome philosophy. Western men need to learn this.

  25. Anonymous says:

    No. This article undermines progress towards a meritocracy and serves to solidify the idea that some people are better than others. Who is supposed to benefit from this silliness? Do people expect sexist bigots to say, "Right, I guess that settles it. Janet, you get a raise!" I am a woman and I don't support the sentiments that someone is superior or "sacred" based on characteristics that they have no control over, like gender, race, height, sexual orientation, and so on. How is it okay to say that women are wise and divine when I just watched some lady allow her dog to take a giant dump on my doorstep this morning? She's not strong, she's not a leader, she's a dumb **** and I don't feel comradery with her just because we're both women. While everyone deserves equal civil rights, we should judge people by the content of their character and cut out this feel-good bs.

  26. Anonymous says:

    this is the truth! bow to your Shakti ... surrender & she shall lift U

  27. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous at 11:48. You shouldn't judge people at all. It is not our place to judge other people or hold grudges because somone's dog took a dump on your doorstep. Get a hold of yourself and try not to be so angry. It's really not that serious. You don't know what is going on in anyone else's life, so you have no right to judge anyone. Yes, it was rude and careless of that woman to let her dog do that but society has bred us to be rude and careless. Why not be the bigger person and just let it be. Stuff happens that we don't like all the time. We don't have control over this just like we don't have control over our race, gender, etc. But we do have control over the way we think. We can choose to respect ourselves, others, and demand that we receive the respect we deserve as women, men, human beings in general. We are all equal. Women were granted with the ability to carry life in our wombs and give birth. That is a fact. We should still teach those around us, men, women, our children, male or female that both genders are special and deserving respect and praise, and should be treated as such. Just because this particular article is specifically about women does not mean that the author or anyone reading it does not think highly or equally of men.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Several thoughts: 1) I really liked this. I think that other societies should learn to value women also. 2) I feel bad for Anonymous 11:48. It is true that many women do not live up to high standards. I think that it weakens the position of women and after too many encounters with crass women it will create a jaded heart. 3)Anonymous 16:58, in the middle of the response, said, "We can choose to respect ourselves, others, AND DEMAND that..." First, it contradicts the first statement about not judging, not being angry, and not to judge. Second, the very act of demanding requires a person to judge someone's action as wrong. and 4) I would really like to see the same thing but aimed at benefiting men and teaching women how to act. It really takes both sides showing self control and respect to make relationships/friendships/communities work. As Anonymous 11:48 pointed out, women can be crass, judgmental, hateful, spiteful, and abusive also. Curtailing the actions of men will only encourage women to be that way unless women see men as valuable human beings also and have limits on their actions.

  29. D-Wil says:

    Western Culture is White, male, and patriarchal. Every indigenous culture they encountered for their want for conquest was matriarchal and egalitarian (yes, including the Maya and Aztecs - theirstory became his-story), and successful. If they chose this path it would be tantamount to admitting conquest and its result today was and is evil. Unfortunately, I doubt that will happen.

  30. Anonymous says:

    A'ho Mitakue Oyasin. All women ARE sacred they are our better half our Mothers Grandmothers, sisters, wives and Daughters let us treat them all in a Wakan way.

    ---Tatanka Chea Ogalala Lakota

  31. Anonymous says:

    Some of you missed my point from 11:48. It is just as sexist to say that women are all sacred as it is to say that women are all terrible. The world will be a better place when we come to terms with our identity as individuals and not as members of groups that can be categorized genetically or regionally. Conflicts are escalated when group mentality sets in and it becomes "us against them" in any sense. Loyalty to your team or clan leads to a confirmation bias which erodes your ability to think analytically. Propaganda works on you, and you end up acting against your best interest for the sake of the group, losing sight of your actual moral compass. Cults, gangs, terrorist organizations, and rioting mobs all operate under this blind comradery, and discourage individuality. By the way, the dog poop was just an example, and the downstairs neighbor removed it.

  32. Anonymous 11:48 i don't think anyone missed your point, i think we mostly just disagree with it. sexism is not acknowledging the sacredness of women; sexism would be deciding that men will be paid 3/4 of what women make because we're sacred. sexism isn't the sadly revolutionary idea that women should be treated with respect; sexism is the idea that only some women as defined by a set of limited socio-cultural standards deserve respect based on a matrix defined by men. recognizing the fundamentally divine capacity to carry life as valuable is not sexism; manipulating politics to gain control over this process is sexism. loyalty is not the precursor to bias, thinking that we are separate from each other is. i can recognize myself as a member of a group without needing to disparage other people's membership. the idea that we can't do this is an Industrial, white, colonial perspective that posits human beings as essentially terrible beings that need to be subjugated for the success of humanity. what honoring the sacred in women means has nothing to do with that, me honoring you doesn't mean i can't honor someone that's not you as well; the us vs. them thinking is in your mind not in these words. these words ask us to see what is right in front of our eyes, impartially without the lenses we've been conditioned to see through. women Are sacred because we create life, period. if there is a more sacred activity to be involved in, please, do tell. its not a matter of opinion, if you value life you must value women for we are the bridge keepers for it, period. that's an observable fact. me saying that in no way invalidates men, in fact, i didn't even mention men n that statement. unchecked individualism does us not good, the importance of being an individual is what your unique contributions can offer to the group.; you won't survive without the group, the group won't survive without you. what is being asked of us with these words is to remember our deep interconnection as not only human beings, but earth beings. and just for the record, there is ample scientific evidence that people, all people, in matriarchal societies fare better precisely because, for whatever reason, women tend to be far more radically accepting than men and do not allow for the extreme xenophobia (because that us vs them is really just that, fear of "others") you reference. when you've given birth to everybody maybe its just harder to think of anyone as less than or other. your response shows just how much this perspective is desperately needed. you have so internalized the mindset of a hyper competitive, hyper individualistic culture that to read 11 statements in support of someone is then automatically interpreted as 11 statements demeaning someone else. if there are any instances where it is suggested that men should be treated badly because they are not women please reference them. otherwise i humbly suggest you look inward and find out where/why honoring women causes so much negativity for you.

  33. This is the Sacred way. They (feminine ) are the keepers of tge Medicine.

  34. Anonymous says:

    If only it were true today in this time ... We have lost a lot of humanity with the age of technology.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I, too, am a woman, but you lost me with this part of your last sentence: "...we should judge people..." No, judgment just continues the pain and dissension and adds more negative energy to the planet. Its better to be what you would see in others.

  36. Anonymous says:

    It is said that when women wake up, mountains move. We are massively waking up every day to our powers to heal this world for all of life is sacred.

  37. Ernie MacAulay says:

    The female is the bearer of life. This, in itself, deserves to be treated in a sacred manner. We have lost our understanding of what is truly Sacred, as was known by the indigenous peoples. We are now being pointed back towards the Sacred ways by these people who know. It doesn't stop at us humans, but encompasses more, such as the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom and the Spirit kingdom. In our Western progress, we have tragically forgotten much about the truly Sacred knowledge. If we are willing to listen to those indigenous peoples who have the ancient Sacred knowledge, the clarity of what is meant by saying that "Women are Sacred" becomes clear. It does not stand alone, as it is intertwined with all that is considered Sacred. We must open our hearts and minds to the indigenous Sacred Ways if we are ever to find our way out of the quagmire of our broken pathway that has led us so far from Sacredness.

  38. Anonymous says:

    The lack of respect for women is now a disease among women themselves... May we all remove this curse of our minds and return to our hearts where our sacred honor resides.

  39. Conrad says:

    All people are sacred, yes. But we need to elevate the regard by which we perceive our mothers and grandmothers, our sisters and our lovers. We need to honour the divinity within each woman.

    When that has happened, then we will have set the world in balance once again.

  40. Aho. Could not be better said.

  41. Anonymous says:

    What a synic. With your negativism toward an article to make women feel valued, maybe u deserved the dog poop on your step!

  42. Lois Lang says:

    Mitakuya Oyasin, 'Ho

  43. Well said analog mojo. I hope to remember your words

  44. Anonymous says:

    Yes, you can judge people by what they do but this article wasn't meant to say women are better than anyone it just pointed out how things were and how if we respect everyone we will respect ourselves. Think your reaction was a bit over the top! Have a wonderful day! Hope you find something in your day to smile about!

  45. Anonymous says:

    Wow sacred and superior are not at all synonymous.
    Sacred means hallowed blessed or consecrated.
    Superior implies inequality. and probably egotism too. also it comes from judgements.
    Sacredness comes from living in awe and respect and wonder... so much more beautiful.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Women are sacred, their reproductive organs are the golden chalice, the sacred space of the sacrum.

  47. Anonymous says:

    11:48 it is because Western women have often lost the connection to their femininity and been rewarded for patriarchal masculine traits that we have grown insensitive and inconsiderate enough to lose touch with who we are... hardly surprising that children get abused or neglect, or dogs pooh on gardens and beaches, there is no reverence, nothing is sacred, when you deny the divine in women.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Given the lack of references, it appears that this may be New Age glurge presented as Native American beliefs.

    Here’s a some guidance to help your BS detector...
    http://www.bigorrin.org/archive25.htm

  49. Kylie says:

    So true Marie besse it led.

  50. Anonymous says:

    if women were viewed this way today...if they viewed themselves this way, they'd have enough respect for themselves and other women not to let fido poop on yer porch.
    i feel bad for your lack of kinship with other women.

  51. Truly beautiful! I've often wondered what the real dynamics were between Native American men and women. I would love to be able to connect more freely with the elders and keepers of the wisdom of the tribes to learn directly more of how good relations were fostered. Thank you! This is a blessing. May you be deeply blessed!

  52. I believe in the 11 principles of the sacredness of women. I have always believed in the sacredness of both men and women as sacred creations of Almighty God, Maker of the heavens and the earth. I also walk the Red Road. It is the best pathway that leads from this world to the next. Oren R. Lyons has said. The earth's people need to listen to our Earth Mother's song and to the nurturing songs our women sing. The whole world and it's people are in need of healing nurture. Unfortunately, the world of man is not in harmony with the world of nature. The world of man is constantly at war with itself. The cure for this problem is a very strong application of law and order tempered with a generous supply love, the nurturing kind. Here you have two of nature's principles at work; both the Yin and the Yang. Law and Order is the work of the Male or Father principle, and Nurturing Love is the work of the Female or Mother principle. At this time, the world of man is under the control of those with self-interests, who have no love for their fellow man and think they are above and outside of law and order. In other words, the world of nature and the world of man is in the controlling hands of con-artists, and other sociopaths, people who think like criminals. Only Almighty God's help will save us from a horrible conflagration that is about engulf our planet! We need to turn to the Almighty and ask for assistance!

  53. Shari says:

    Something many Christian men and women and the GOP should learn.

  54. Anonymous says:

    with great respect to the wisdom I find in this, may the seed of this be planted and grow in all who read this and the crops flourish.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Thank you,
    well said

  56. Anonymous says:

    ONE MUST ALWAYS SEEK THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FEMALE IN ORDER TO FIND HARMONY IN THE CLAN....!

  57. I wish there was a tweet button on this site so it could be sent far and wide. This is a vital post which has a message that needs to be heard far and wide;; at this time in our society, more than ever.

  58. Anonymous says:

    I agree
    thank you

  59. I loved these quotes! 😉

  60. Anonymous says:

    Men have seven times as much gray (thinking) matter in their brains as women. Look it up. Instead of demanding respect from men because of your gender, try earning it. Female does not automatically mean respectable, you sexist fools.

  61. Or invite rather than incite, Anonymous. They didn't build statues in memory of critics.

  62. Anonymous says:

    I'm a woman but you sound not only to be a cynic, but you have your metaphors jumbled. I am sorry our good creator left you lacking in good judgement. Life is sacred. That has nothing to do with religion. Even doctors and scientists both know this to be true. Women are the givers of life, and this is why they are considered sacred. Men can only stand by while the woman gives birth but they are not below. The creator gave them their place as well and they walk beside the woman. Even as all life is sacred, each has its place on our mother earth.

  63. Matriarchy is a myth. There is no scientific evidence to support the existence of a matriarchal culture. Matrilineal, matrilocal, never matriarchal.

  64. Show me the data on that. Simply not true. What IS true, however, is that the corpus collasum in females is larger and more developed than in males, allowing for greater integration between hemispheres. Feeling threatened much? Valuing female does not not diminish male value.

  65. I did look it up and you have it backwards. Women have more gray matter; men have more white matter. The brain is very complex. One is not better than the other; they both evolved to serve our survival. Women DO deserve respect for being female, as men do for being male. Once you grasp this concept, we will all be better off.

  66. Jac W says:

    I'm speechless! Such a wonderful article and beautiful words. There are so much to be said about the respect of women. I feel like I live in a land that I do not belong. In my fantasy........ all women are respected all the time. It's just a fantasy!

  67. Jac W says:

    There are those who are blinded by the darkness. So sad!

  68. Jac W says:

    I agree. It's sad!

  69. Jac W says:

    There are those who are blinded by the darkness. So sad!

  70. Anonymous says:

    FROM JOEL MATHIAS BUDDHA 'NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO...NAM M YOHO RENGE KYO...TO THE MANY BUDDHA OF PLANET EARTH...'

  71. Anonymous says:

    Excellent perception. ..BRAVO!!!!!
    If the entire world let the Natives be maybe they could have changed the world for the better!!!

  72. RESPECT!

  73. thank you The song of the sea is a powerful message of freedom and success, celebrated by Miriam and the woman....

  74. Beautiful... humbling and so true all the fruits of love peace and harmony this is the natural way and the right way reminds me of being brought up in Nuhaka not as a Native American but Maori styles, lovely and most enjoyable best times of my life as I saw this in my environment and I felt so special as a girl and now a mother and I am thankful for my teachings, I finally move away and it was all so different and so sad nothing compares or matters in this world today in this way since moving and I thought I was doing it for the right reasons.Awesome read and on point.

  75. Anonymous says:

    " American Indian Women " by Patrick DEVAL (ABBEVILLE PRESS NYC):
    A wide-ranging visual history of American Indian Women from pre-Columbian times to the present,
    whith more than 80 full-color illustrations.

  76. Still Water Woman says:

    I found this to be very uplifting and touching, and in the same breath rather sad that this is NOT a common practice not only from men, but women as well, that we do not all treat each other with love, respect and honor!

  77. Dick Stok says:

    I believe its true! I made many mistakes at this point an have much to learn a a man. Thanks for all this whisdom. It makes it possible for me to know how!

  78. Unknown says:

    Some person here is a feminist.
    Keep it to yourself it's very negative .
    This is a positive place.
    I am cherokee/lumbee and I really think your spirit
    Is heavy go find a way to free it.
    I approve of this blog.

  79. Unknown says:

    Well said !!! this has been lost or never been a part of life for many ! But know that i see to much disrespect For the lady's today ! As well as many other things ! I will share to some it will be new to them but to the true Americans It will not ! Peace love and respect always

  80. Jo Lopes says:

    I absolutely love this! It certainly can inspire us in being a better woman to ourselves & 2nd to our beautiful men. Men are just as sacred as women if we would just love and accept one another, especially in adverse events. #WeAreOne #ICanOnlySpeakForMe

  81. Anonymous says:

    LOVE ALL WOMEN AS YOUR SELF
    BLUEBIRD

  82. Unknown says:

    without being up close and in touch with nature, modern man is so insecure he feels he needs to control the world around him and those living within it, if he has to admit that he respects and needs them, he feels it diminishes that control

  83. udaya kumar says:

    We should share with them openly. A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. __ these are greatwords. if every society follow this i beleive there will peace and harmony among the mankind. wounderful insite. thanks for sharing. we too will share with all ...

  84. If you only value a woman because her body creates life, then you don't actually value a woman at all. She is more than a fleshy incubator.
    Does this mean infertile women are somehow less?

  85. GW Martin says:

    Last pic is Mary Kim Titla Mosley. Good Apache mother.

  86. Anonymous says:

    yes, we should respect birth-giving, but we are not just wombs. we should respect kindness, nurturing, and creativity - all these are good qualities that can be found in women, and men. I'll go further than that, let's respect the howling women, the hunting women, the wild woman. let's respect the cynic because she is the old wise woman. she is part of us, too.

  87. This is not about women being incubators or being fleshy part of that system,if these are read carefully it shows a deep amount of respect given to women from a so called primitive society.If you applied these today the moralistic attitude through out the world would have to change,because women are not given the respect that these people gave to their women.Some new age woman rights protester might see this as chauvinist,but then again we live in a very different world now where nothing has real value anymore and where religion has become the password for hatred and bigotry,I find it a pleasant light in the universe to see that many tribes of native Americans however diverse their tribal upbringing they all seem to have this thread of great respect for women and the Earth,their connection to the basics of what life needs and the spiritual nature in which they pursued preserving life and the fact that women can bring new life into the world,with life being the most precious thing they honour their women for having this gift,for a man to be able to see past outer beauty and look for the beauty of soul,now wether the woman can give birth or not does not come into this it is about the connecting of beauty of spirit with your own soul,this is the message they are trying to get over,a wise person is not born wise but developed the capability to listen and learn from others and though we might consider ourselves civilised compared to these people we have no wisdom,because the modern society seems to value everything except for life.

  88. Jeremy Shand says:

    This is something that has been lost in humanity, I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't understand the sacredness of women, they are the givers of life, the mothers, the healers, the voice of reason. Man needs to nurture this in a woman in this day and age as everything has changed since the People walked the earth freely, it is still there, it's just that man has to get back in touch with his real self in order to allow women to be who they really are. Men have dominated society, especially western society for far too long, To the men who'll hopefully read this, allow the pendulum to swing back to the middle ground again and allow the necessary sharing of thoughts and love that nurtures the symbiosis necessary to create the balance that is sadly missing in society.

  89. min says:

    shame that we all contributed towards the death of a culture and of the native Indians, by doing nothing.

  90. Unknown says:

    Anonymous you are obviously not of the Sacred Nations so keep your non-indigenous beliefs to yourself. Those like myself who understand these philosophies from our traditional Cree teachings will not argue with those of ignorance. Ms.Angel - Medicine Woman

  91. Anonymous says:

    I wish this could be taught in schools... somebody show this message to the men in every country. Especially where women have no power, no rights.... If the men of this world behaved this way and the women believed in their sacred places, the world would be so much better.

  92. Pema says:

    Absolutely true but forgotten among modern western societies, where women seems to beleive in being as men to be equal...Men and women should see the special values that women carry, and men should try to humble themselves. Women should not try to become LIKE men, instead be truly powerful in their own beautiful truth. We should all find the balance. Men and women should work together with their special powers in balance. Men should seek the council of women and women could direct the men in a wiser way, caring for life on earth...
    I think we all have to listen and learn from many indigneous people, especially the Iroquois people, whom has a very advanced beautiful way of life...

  93. Anonymous says:

    Everyone should listen to this.

  94. ranndall says:

    men are great deep thinkers, builders, fixers far better then most women, we just are, why, because we have mom's sisters wives who walked, cooked, and had our children, they are the order to our chaos.
    The man said "there has to be away to make that easier"; see travel, modern homes, and medicine...the good ones dont ask for anything...this of course leads to men making Wonders, why because they dont ask, they share our load, they make us better men, they can be our reason, they can be our cause.

    They are not perfect, neither are men, but the good ones make our imperfection seem perfect for them...something Supernatural..how else can you describe a hug from a women you love and it's ability of saving you from the hell of some days.

  95. First and foremost, I'm a Christian, not a Catholic and Catholics aren't Christians in anyway shape and form. Even though I'm Native American, I know the truth, and my friends, there isn't any truth to any of those sayings in those sayings in regards to women. My friends the truth about women's role are in the GOD's Holy Bible and nowhere, not even in Native American. Here are some bible scriptures and versus on women's duties and roles to her husband and her children and for her to be silently and quietly submissive to man's authority, especially to her husband's authority, for it is shameful and disgraceful for women to lead and to have authority, never let any woman have authority over man, rather, she is to remain quietly and silently submissive to man's authority. Therefore, it is man's rightful role and place to lead and to have authority, not women. Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
    Titus 2:3-5

    Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 1 Timothy 2:11-12

    Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
    Proverbs 31:30-31

    Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
    1 Corinthians 14:34-35

    The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. Genesis 2:18

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
    Ephesians 5:22-33

    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, ... Proverbs 12:4
    An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 1 Timothy 3:11

    Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Proverbs 31:30
    Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 1 Timothy 2:12 ESV / 134 helpful votes

    I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
    1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV / 127 helpful votes

    But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
    1 Timothy 2:9-10
    Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.




  96. Things like these are exactly what The Holy Bible warned us about... This whole article about women being the most sacred of all and all of these women who are commenting nothing but all positive of these, are nothing but all lies from Satan, which Satan is the Father of all lies. First, I'm going to straighten some facts and truths out and lay them all out for you.

  97. Genesis 1New International Version (NIV)
    The Beginning

    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

    6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

    9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

    11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

    14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

  98. Genesis 1New International Version (NIV)
    The Beginning. 20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

    24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

    26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    27
    So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

    28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

  99. Genesis 2New International Version (NIV)

    2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

    2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
    Adam and Eve

    4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

    5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

    8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

    15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

    18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

    19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

    But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

    23 The man said,

    “This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
    she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

    24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

    25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

  100. There isn't anything in history of this world and beyond to prove and support any such fantasy and fairytale claims of mother earth and there isn't any such thing as mother earth. To speak of such fantasy and fairytale false claims of mother earth is a living disgrace and it goes against everything that the bible teaches us about the history of the world and of the universe. 1 JOHN 4:4 NASB 4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He (GOD) who is in you than he (Satan) who is in the world.

    There are two vital points in this verse, which is addressed to believers. (If you have not welcomed Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit into your life -- none of this applies to you until you make that decision.)

    FIRST, God is IN you -- not far off somewhere.

    Yes, God is in Heaven -- but that is not the only place He is. By the Holy Spirit, God now has His dwelling place in you! You don't have to "try to reach God." He is right there! What you need to do is to cultivate an awareness of His presence. This, along with communication, is the way to develop a closer relationship with God.

    Knowing that God lives in you, and that He loves you, should banish all fear from your life. Fear of failure should have no place. Fear of what other people think should not bother you. Fear of problems that may come up should be of no concern. You have God living in you!

    2 CORINTHIANS 6:16 LB 16 And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For you are God's temple, the home of the living God, and God has said of you, "I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people."

    SECOND, God, Who is within you, is greater. Greater than any problem. Greater than any difficulty. Greater than the devil. Greater than anything you will ever face.

    1 JOHN 4:4 ICB 4 My dear children, you belong to God. So you have defeated them because God's Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world.

    This is the Word of God. We must embrace it and live in the light of it. We must meditate on it and speak it. We must resist any contrary thought the enemy might try to place in our thinking.

    SAY THIS: God, Who is in me, is greater than anything I will ever face. The Greater One is in me.

  101. Does the phrase, “Mother Nature,” bug you as much as it does me? Who is in control anyway? God or Mother Nature?

    I can’t believe I heard it again today on the news, “Mother Nature unleased her wrath again today!” They were talking about the awful tornados that tore their way across the country. Every time there is some unusual weather event someone called, “Mother Nature,” gets the blame or credit. Who is this Mother Nature anyway?

    The dictionary says: Mother Nature, noun

    “The personification of nature as a powerful and nurturing woman.”

    Nature is everything that is not man-made according to the dictionary. Therefore, nature is God made.

    Wikipedia says:

    “Mother Nature is a personification of nature.”

    Every time we get tornados, hurricaines, blizzards, floods, and other weather woes the news and weather media blame it all on Mother Nature. Not only that, but when we have wonderful weather and a beautiful day they say something like, “Mother Nature smiled on us today with this warm weather.” She gets the credit and the glory. So, what is the real story?

    God says in Exodus 20:3, NASB “You shall have no other gods before Me.” This is one of the ten commandments, and is serious business.

    God is to be praised and worshipped. Not other gods. We in our nation are getting very careless in this area. When we hear the phrase, “Mother Nature”, used over and over it becomes common. We use it without thinking of the true meaning behind it. Most of us wouldn’t intentionally praise another god.

    Did you know that God is in control of the weather not Mother Nature?

    The Bible has a lot to say about God and how He controls the weather.

  102. Revelations 1.
    Prologue
    1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
    2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
    3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
    Greetings and Doxology
    4 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,
    5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
    6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
    7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”So shall it be! Amen.
    8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
    John’s Vision of Christ
    9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
    10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
    11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
    12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
    13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
    14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
    15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
    16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
    17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
    18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
    19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
    20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angelsof the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

  103. Revelations 2.
    To the Church in Ephesus
    1 “To the angelof the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.
    2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
    3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
    4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
    5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
    6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
    7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

  104. Revelations 2. To the Church in Smyrna
    8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
    9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
    10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
    11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

  105. Revelations 2. To the Church in Pergamum
    12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.
    13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.
    14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.
    15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
    16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
    17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

  106. Revelations 2. To the Church in Thyatira
    18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
    19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
    20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
    21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.
    22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.
    23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
    24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you,
    25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’
    26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
    27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father.
    28 I will also give that one the morning star.
    29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

  107. Anonymous says:

    Revelations 3.
    To the Church in Sardis
    1 “To the angelof the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spiritsof God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
    2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.
    3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
    4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.
    5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
    6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
    To the Church in Philadelphia
    7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
    8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
    9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.
    10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
    11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
    12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.
    13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
    To the Church in Laodicea
    14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
    15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
    16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
    17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
    18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
    19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
    20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
    21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.
    22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

  108. Relations 4.
    The Throne in Heaven
    1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
    2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
    3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.
    4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.
    5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.
    6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.
    7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.
    8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’who was, and is, and is to come.”
    9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,
    10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
    11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

  109. Revelations 5.
    The Scroll and the Lamb
    1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.
    2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”
    3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.
    4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
    5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
    6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
    7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.
    8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
    9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
    10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
    11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.
    12 In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
    13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
    14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

  110. Revelations 6.
    The Seals
    1 I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”
    2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
    3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”
    4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.
    5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.
    6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
    7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”
    8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
    9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
    10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
    11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
    12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,
    13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
    14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
    15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.
    16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
    17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”

  111. Revelations 7.
    144,000 Sealed
    1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.
    2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:
    3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
    4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
    5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
    6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
    7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
    8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
    The Great Multitude in White Robes
    9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
    10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
    11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
    12 saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
    13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
    14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
    16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’nor any scorching heat.
    17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ”

  112. Revelations 8.
    The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer
    1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
    2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
    3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.
    4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.
    5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
    The Trumpets
    6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.
    7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
    8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,
    9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
    10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—
    11 the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
    12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.
    13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

  113. Revelations 9.
    1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.
    2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.
    3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.
    4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
    5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.
    6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
    7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.
    8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.
    9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.
    10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.
    11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).
    12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.
    13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God.
    14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”
    15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.
    16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.
    17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.
    18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.
    19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
    20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
    21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

  114. Revelations 10.
    The Angel and the Little Scroll
    1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.
    2 He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,
    3 and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.
    4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
    5 Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven.
    6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!
    7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
    8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
    9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’ ”
    10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.
    11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”

  115. Revelations 11.
    The Two Witnesses
    1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers.
    2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.
    3 And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
    4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”
    5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.
    6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
    7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.
    8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.
    9 For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.
    10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
    11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
    12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
    13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
    14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.
    The Seventh Trumpet
    15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
    16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
    17 saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.
    18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
    19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

  116. Revelations 12.
    The Woman and the Dragon
    1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
    2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
    3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.
    4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.
    5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
    6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
    7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.
    8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.
    9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
    10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
    11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
    12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
    13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.
    14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
    15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.
    16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
    17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

  117. Revelations 13.
    The Beast out of the Sea
    1 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
    2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.
    3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.
    4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
    5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.
    6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.
    7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
    8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
    9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
    10 “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.”This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
    The Beast out of the Earth
    11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.
    12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
    13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people.
    14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
    15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
    16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,
    17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
    18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

  118. Revelations 14. The Lamb and the 144,000
    1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
    2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
    3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
    4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.
    5 No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
    The Three Angels
    6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
    7 He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
    8 A second angel followed and said, “ ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”
    9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand,
    10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.
    11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”
    12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.
    13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
    Harvesting the Earth and Trampling the Winepress
    14 I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
    15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
    16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
    17 Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.
    18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”
    19 The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.
    20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

  119. Revelations 15.
    Seven Angels With Seven Plagues
    1 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.
    2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God
    3 and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.
    4 Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
    5 After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law—and it was opened.
    6 Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.
    7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.
    8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

  120. GOD teaches us in HIS Holy word and through our relationship with HIM through HIS SON Jesus Christ, saying this, fear no man (man or woman) who can destroy the body, but fear GOD who can destroy both body and soul in the everlasting burning lake of fires of hell.

  121. Revelations 16.
    The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath
    1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”
    2 The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
    3 The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.
    4 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
    5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were;
    6 for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”
    7 And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”
    8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.
    9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
    10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony
    11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
    12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.
    13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
    14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
    15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
    16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
    17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
    18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.
    19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.
    20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.
    21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

  122. Revelations 17.
    Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast
    1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.
    2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
    3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.
    4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
    5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery: BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
    6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.
    7 Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
    8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
    9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.
    10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.
    11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
    12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.
    13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.
    14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
    15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.
    16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
    17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.
    18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

  123. Revelations 18.
    Lament Over Fallen Babylon
    1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.
    2 With a mighty voice he shouted: “ ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
    3 For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
    Warning to Escape Babylon’s Judgment
    4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “ ‘Come out of her, my people,’so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
    5 for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.
    6 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup.
    7 Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow;I will never mourn.’
    8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
    Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall
    9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.
    10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!’
    11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore—
    12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;
    13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.
    14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’
    15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn
    16 and cry out: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
    17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.
    18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’
    19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’
    20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you.”
    The Finality of Babylon’s Doom
    21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.
    22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.
    23 The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
    24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

  124. Revelations 19.
    Threefold Hallelujah Over Babylon’s Fall
    1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
    2 for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
    3 And again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
    4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!”
    5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!”
    6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
    7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
    8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
    9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
    10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
    The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast
    11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.
    12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
    13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
    14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
    15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
    16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
    17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
    18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
    19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army.
    20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
    21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

  125. Revelations 20.
    The Thousand Years
    1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.
    2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
    3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
    4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
    5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.
    6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
    The Judgment of Satan
    7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison
    8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.
    9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
    10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
    The Judgment of the Dead
    11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
    12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
    13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.
    14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
    15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

  126. Revelations 21.
    A New Heaven and a New Earth
    1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
    2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
    3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
    4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
    6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
    7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
    8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
    The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb
    9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
    10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
    11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
    12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
    13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.
    14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
    15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.
    16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
    17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.
    18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.
    19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,
    20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
    21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
    22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
    23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
    24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
    25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
    26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
    27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

  127. Revelations 22.
    Eden Restored
    1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
    2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
    3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
    4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
    5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
    John and the Angel
    6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
    7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”
    8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.
    9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”
    10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.
    11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”
    Epilogue: Invitation and Warning
    12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
    13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
    14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
    15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
    16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give youthis testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
    17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
    18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.
    19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
    20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
    21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

  128. Exodus 1.
    The Israelites Oppressed
    1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family:
    2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
    3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;
    4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.
    5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
    6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,
    7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
    8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.
    9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us.
    10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
    11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.
    12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
    13 and worked them ruthlessly.
    14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
    15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
    16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”
    17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
    18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
    19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
    20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
    21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
    22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

  129. Exodus 2.
    The Birth of Moses
    1 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman,
    2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.
    3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.
    4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
    5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it.
    6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
    7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
    8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother.
    9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
    10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
    Moses Flees to Midian
    11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.
    12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
    13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
    14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
    15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
    16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock.
    17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
    18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
    19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
    20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
    21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.
    22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
    23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.
    24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.
    25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

  130. Exodus 3.
    Moses and the Burning Bush
    1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
    2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.
    3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
    4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”
    5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
    6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
    7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
    8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
    9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.
    10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
    11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
    12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
    13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
    14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
    15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.
    16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt.
    17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
    18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’
    19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.
    20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
    21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.
    22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”

  131. Exodus 4.
    Signs for Moses
    1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?”
    2 Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.
    3 The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.
    4 Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.
    5 “This,” said the LORD, “is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
    6 Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous —it had become as white as snow.
    7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.
    8 Then the LORD said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second.
    9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
    10 Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
    11 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
    12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
    13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
    14 Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.
    15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.
    16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.
    17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
    Moses Returns to Egypt
    18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
    19 Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”
    20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
    21 The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.
    22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,
    23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’ ”
    24 At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him.
    25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.
    26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
    27 The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.
    28 Then Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.
    29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,
    30 and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people,
    31 and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

  132. Exodus 5.
    Bricks Without Straw
    1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’ ”
    2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.”
    3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”
    4 But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!”
    5 Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”
    6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people:
    7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.
    8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’
    9 Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”
    10 Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw.
    11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’ ”
    12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw.
    13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.”
    14 And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”
    15 Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way?
    16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.”
    17 Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.’
    18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”
    19 The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.”
    20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them,
    21 and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
    22 Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?
    23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

  133. Exodus 6.
    God Promises Deliverance
    1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”
    2 God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD.
    3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them.
    4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners.
    5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
    6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.
    7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
    8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’ ”
    9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
    10 Then the LORD said to Moses,
    11 “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.”
    12 But Moses said to the LORD, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips ?”
    Family Record of Moses and Aaron
    13 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.
    14 These were the heads of their families : The sons of Reuben the firstborn son of Israel were Hanok and Pallu, Hezron and Karmi. These were the clans of Reuben.
    15 The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These were the clans of Simeon.
    16 These were the names of the sons of Levi according to their records: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. Levi lived 137 years.
    17 The sons of Gershon, by clans, were Libni and Shimei.
    18 The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Kohath lived 133 years.
    19 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. These were the clans of Levi according to their records.
    20 Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years.
    21 The sons of Izhar were Korah, Nepheg and Zikri.
    22 The sons of Uzziel were Mishael, Elzaphan and Sithri.
    23 Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
    24 The sons of Korah were Assir, Elkanah and Abiasaph. These were the Korahite clans.
    25 Eleazar son of Aaron married one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These were the heads of the Levite families, clan by clan.
    26 It was this Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said, “Bring the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions.”
    27 They were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing the Israelites out of Egypt—this same Moses and Aaron.
    Aaron to Speak for Moses
    28 Now when the LORD spoke to Moses in Egypt,
    29 he said to him, “I am the LORD. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.”
    30 But Moses said to the LORD, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”

  134. Exodus 7.
    1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.
    2 You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country.
    3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt,
    4 he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.
    5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
    6 Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them.
    7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
    Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake
    8 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
    9 “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”
    10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.
    11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:
    12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.
    13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
    The Plague of Blood
    14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go.
    15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.
    16 Then say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened.
    17 This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.
    18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’ ”
    19 The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels of wood and stone.”
    20 Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood.
    21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
    22 But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.
    23 Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart.
    24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.
    25 Seven days passed after the LORD struck the Nile.

  135. Exodus 8. The Plague of Frogs
    1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.
    2 If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country.
    3 The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.
    4 The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’ ”
    5 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ ”
    6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land.
    7 But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
    8 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.”
    9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”
    10 “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God.
    11 The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.”
    12 After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the LORD about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh.
    13 And the LORD did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields.
    14 They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.
    15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.
    The Plague of Gnats
    16 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.”
    17 They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.
    18 But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere,
    19 the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the LORD had said.

  136. Exodus 9. The Plague of Hail
    13 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me,
    14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
    15 For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.
    16 But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
    17 You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go.
    18 Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now.
    19 Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’ ”
    20 Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside.
    21 But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field.
    22 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt—on people and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.”
    23 When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt;
    24 hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
    25 Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both people and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree.
    26 The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.
    27 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.
    28 Pray to the LORD, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”
    29 Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the LORD. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the LORD’s.
    30 But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the LORD God.”
    31 (The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom.
    32 The wheat and spelt, however, were not destroyed, because they ripen later.)
    33 Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward the LORD; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land.
    34 When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts.
    35 So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.

  137. Exodus 10. The Plague of Locusts
    1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them
    2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.”
    3 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.
    4 If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.
    5 They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields.
    6 They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’ ” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.
    7 Pharaoh’s officials said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?”
    8 Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the LORD your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.”
    9 Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the LORD.”
    10 Pharaoh said, “The LORD be with you—if I let you go, along with your women and children! Clearly you are bent on evil.
    11 No! Have only the men go and worship the LORD, since that’s what you have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence.
    12 And the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.”
    13 So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts;
    14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.
    15 They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
    16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you.
    17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”
    18 Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD.
    19 And the LORD changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt.
    20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.

  138. Exodus 11.
    The Plague on the Firstborn
    1 Now the LORD had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.
    2 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.”
    3 (The LORD made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)
    4 So Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt.
    5 Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.
    6 There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.
    7 But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.
    8 All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.
    9 The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”
    10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.

  139. Exodus 12. 21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb.
    22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.
    23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
    24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants.
    25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.
    26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’
    27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.
    28 The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.
    29 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.
    30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
    The Exodus
    31 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested.
    32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
    33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!”
    34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing.
    35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.
    36 The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
    37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children.
    38 Many other people went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.
    39 With the dough the Israelites had brought from Egypt, they baked loaves of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.
    40 Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.
    41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.
    42 Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come.
    Passover Restrictions
    43 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover meal: “No foreigner may eat it.
    44 Any slave you have bought may eat it after you have circumcised him,
    45 but a temporary resident or a hired worker may not eat it.
    46 “It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.
    47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate it.
    48 “A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the LORD’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat it.
    49 The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.”
    50 All the Israelites did just what the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.
    51 And on that very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions.

  140. Exodus 13.
    Consecration of the Firstborn
    1 The LORD said to Moses,
    2 “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”
    3 Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the LORD brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast.
    4 Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving.
    5 When the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month:
    6 For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the LORD.
    7 Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders.
    8 On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’
    9 This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.
    10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year.
    11 “After the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors,
    12 you are to give over to the LORD the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the LORD.
    13 Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.
    14 “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
    15 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’
    16 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”
    Crossing the Sea
    17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”
    18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.
    19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”
    20 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert.
    21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.
    22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

  141. Exodus 14. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,
    22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
    23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea.
    24 During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.
    25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”
    26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.”
    27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea.
    28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
    29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
    30 That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.
    31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

  142. Exodus 15. The Song of Moses and Miriam
    1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.
    2 “The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
    3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.
    4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
    5 The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.
    6 Your right hand, LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, LORD, shattered the enemy.
    7 “In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.
    8 By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
    9 The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’
    10 But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
    11 Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
    12 “You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies.
    13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
    14 The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
    15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people of Canaan will melt away;
    16 terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, LORD, until the people you bought pass by.
    17 You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.
    18 “The LORD reigns for ever and ever.”
    19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.
    20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.
    21 Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.”

  143. Exodus 16. 21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.
    22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses.
    23 He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’ ”
    24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it.
    25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today.
    26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
    27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none.
    28 Then the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions?
    29 Bear in mind that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.”
    30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
    31 The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.
    32 Moses said, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’ ”
    33 So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the LORD to be kept for the generations to come.”
    34 As the LORD commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.
    35 The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.
    36 (An omer is one-tenth of an ephah.)

  144. Exodus 17.
    Water From the Rock
    1 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
    2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?”
    3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”
    4 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
    5 The LORD answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.
    6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.
    7 And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the LORD saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
    The Amalekites Defeated
    8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.
    9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
    10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.
    11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
    12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
    13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
    14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”
    15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.
    16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

  145. Exodus 18.
    Jethro Visits Moses
    1 Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.
    2 After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her
    3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”;
    4 and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.”
    5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God.
    6 Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”
    7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent.
    8 Moses told his father-in-law about everything the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the LORD had saved them.
    9 Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.
    10 He said, “Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians.
    11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”
    12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.
    13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening.
    14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”
    15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will.
    16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”
    17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good.
    18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
    19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.
    20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.
    21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
    22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.
    23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
    24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
    25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
    26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.
    27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.

  146. Exodus 19.
    At Mount Sinai
    1 On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai.
    2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.
    3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:
    4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
    5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
    6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
    7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak.
    8 The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD.
    9 The LORD said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.” Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said.
    10 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes
    11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
    12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death.
    13 They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”
    14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.
    15 Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.”
    16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.
    17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
    18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.
    19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
    20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up
    21 and the LORD said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish.
    22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them.”
    23 Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.’ ”
    24 The LORD replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD, or he will break out against them.”
    25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

  147. Exodus 20 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    The Ten Commandments
    1 And God spoke all these words:
    2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
    3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
    4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
    5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
    6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
    7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
    8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
    9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
    10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
    11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
    12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
    13 “You shall not murder.
    14 “You shall not commit adultery.
    15 “You shall not steal.
    16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
    17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
    18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance
    19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
    20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
    21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
    Idols and Altars
    22 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:
    23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.
    24 “ ‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.
    25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it.
    26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.’

  148. Exodus 21 (GOD's Ten Commandments). Personal Injuries
    12 “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.
    13 However, if it is not done intentionally, but God lets it happen, they are to flee to a place I will designate.
    14 But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately, that person is to be taken from my altar and put to death.
    15 “Anyone who attacks their father or mother is to be put to death.
    16 “Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper’s possession.
    17 “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.
    18 “If people quarrel and one person hits another with a stone or with their fist and the victim does not die but is confined to bed,
    19 the one who struck the blow will not be held liable if the other can get up and walk around outside with a staff; however, the guilty party must pay the injured person for any loss of time and see that the victim is completely healed.
    20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result,
    21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.
    22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows.
    23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
    24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
    26 “An owner who hits a male or female slave in the eye and destroys it must let the slave go free to compensate for the eye.
    27 And an owner who knocks out the tooth of a male or female slave must let the slave go free to compensate for the tooth.
    28 “If a bull gores a man or woman to death, the bull is to be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible.
    29 If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull is to be stoned and its owner also is to be put to death.
    30 However, if payment is demanded, the owner may redeem his life by the payment of whatever is demanded.
    31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
    32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull is to be stoned to death.
    33 “If anyone uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
    34 the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange.
    35 “If anyone’s bull injures someone else’s bull and it dies, the two parties are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally.
    36 However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and take the dead animal in exchange.

  149. Exodus 22 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    Protection of Property
    1 “Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.
    2 “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;
    3 but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed. “Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution, but if they have nothing, they must be sold to pay for their theft.
    4 If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession—whether ox or donkey or sheep—they must pay back double.
    5 “If anyone grazes their livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in someone else’s field, the offender must make restitution from the best of their own field or vineyard.
    6 “If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution.
    7 “If anyone gives a neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double.
    8 But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judges, and they must determine whether the owner of the house has laid hands on the other person’s property.
    9 In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare guilty must pay back double to the other.
    10 “If anyone gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to their neighbor for safekeeping and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking,
    11 the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person’s property. The owner is to accept this, and no restitution is required.
    12 But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, restitution must be made to the owner.
    13 If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, the neighbor shall bring in the remains as evidence and shall not be required to pay for the torn animal.
    14 “If anyone borrows an animal from their neighbor and it is injured or dies while the owner is not present, they must make restitution.
    15 But if the owner is with the animal, the borrower will not have to pay. If the animal was hired, the money paid for the hire covers the loss.
    Social Responsibility
    16 “If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife.
    17 If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.
    18 “Do not allow a sorceress to live.
    19 “Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal is to be put to death.
    20 “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.
    21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
    22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.
    23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.
    24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.
    25 “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.
    26 If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset,
    27 because that cloak is the only covering your neighbor has. What else can they sleep in? When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
    28 “Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.
    29 “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats.“You must give me the firstborn of your sons.
    30 Do the same with your cattle and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but give them to me on the eighth day.
    31 “You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.

  150. Exodus 23 (GOD's Ten Commandments). God’s Angel to Prepare the Way
    20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.
    21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.
    22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.
    23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.
    24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces.
    25 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
    26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
    27 “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.
    28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.
    29 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.
    30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.
    31 “I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I will give into your hands the people who live in the land, and you will drive them out before you.
    32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods.
    33 Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.”

  151. Exodus 24 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    The Covenant Confirmed
    1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance,
    2 but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”
    3 When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.”
    4 Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
    5 Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the LORD.
    6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar.
    7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”
    8 Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
    9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up
    10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.
    11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.
    12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”
    13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.
    14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”
    15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it,
    16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud.
    17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.
    18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

  152. Exodus 25 (GOD's Ten Commandments). Offerings for the Tabernacle
    1 The LORD said to Moses,
    2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.
    3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze;
    4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair;
    5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather ; acacia wood;
    6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;
    7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
    8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
    9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
    The Ark
    10 “Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.
    11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it.
    12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other.
    13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.
    14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it.
    15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed.
    16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.
    17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.
    18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.
    19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.
    20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.
    21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.
    22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.
    The Table
    23 “Make a table of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high.
    24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it.
    25 Also make around it a rim a handbreadth wide and put a gold molding on the rim.
    26 Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are.
    27 The rings are to be close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table.
    28 Make the poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold and carry the table with them.
    29 And make its plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings.
    30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.

  153. Exodus 26 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    The Tabernacle
    1 “Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker.
    2 All the curtains are to be the same size—twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide.
    3 Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five.
    4 Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set.
    5 Make fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other.
    6 Then make fifty gold clasps and use them to fasten the curtains together so that the tabernacle is a unit.
    7 “Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle—eleven altogether.
    8 All eleven curtains are to be the same size—thirty cubits long and four cubits wide.
    9 Join five of the curtains together into one set and the other six into another set. Fold the sixth curtain double at the front of the tent.
    10 Make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set.
    11 Then make fifty bronze clasps and put them in the loops to fasten the tent together as a unit.
    12 As for the additional length of the tent curtains, the half curtain that is left over is to hang down at the rear of the tabernacle.
    13 The tent curtains will be a cubit longer on both sides; what is left will hang over the sides of the tabernacle so as to cover it.
    14 Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of the other durable leather.
    15 “Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle.
    16 Each frame is to be ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wide,
    17 with two projections set parallel to each other. Make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way.
    18 Make twenty frames for the south side of the tabernacle
    19 and make forty silver bases to go under them—two bases for each frame, one under each projection.
    20 For the other side, the north side of the tabernacle, make twenty frames
    21 and forty silver bases—two under each frame.
    22 Make six frames for the far end, that is, the west end of the tabernacle,
    23 and make two frames for the corners at the far end.
    24 At these two corners they must be double from the bottom all the way to the top and fitted into a single ring; both shall be like that.
    25 So there will be eight frames and sixteen silver bases—two under each frame.
    26 “Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle,
    27 five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle.
    28 The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames.
    29 Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Also overlay the crossbars with gold.
    30 “Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.
    31 “Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker.
    32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases.
    33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
    34 Put the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Place.
    35 Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.
    36 “For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer.
    37 Make gold hooks for this curtain and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold. And cast five bronze bases for them.

  154. Exodus 27 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    The Altar of Burnt Offering
    1 “Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide.
    2 Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.
    3 Make all its utensils of bronze—its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans.
    4 Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network.
    5 Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar.
    6 Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze.
    7 The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried.
    8 Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.
    The Courtyard
    9 “Make a courtyard for the tabernacle. The south side shall be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains of finely twisted linen,
    10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
    11 The north side shall also be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains, with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
    12 “The west end of the courtyard shall be fifty cubits wide and have curtains, with ten posts and ten bases.
    13 On the east end, toward the sunrise, the courtyard shall also be fifty cubits wide.
    14 Curtains fifteen cubits long are to be on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases,
    15 and curtains fifteen cubits long are to be on the other side, with three posts and three bases.
    16 “For the entrance to the courtyard, provide a curtain twenty cubits long, of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer—with four posts and four bases.
    17 All the posts around the courtyard are to have silver bands and hooks, and bronze bases.
    18 The courtyard shall be a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide, with curtains of finely twisted linen five cubits high, and with bronze bases.
    19 All the other articles used in the service of the tabernacle, whatever their function, including all the tent pegs for it and those for the courtyard, are to be of bronze.
    Oil for the Lampstand
    20 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.
    21 In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the LORD from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come.

  155. Exodus 28 (GOD's (Ten Commandments). The Priestly Garments
    1 “Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests.
    2 Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor.
    3 Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest.
    4 These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests.
    5 Have them use gold, and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen.
    The Ephod
    6 “Make the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen—the work of skilled hands.
    7 It is to have two shoulder pieces attached to two of its corners, so it can be fastened.
    8 Its skillfully woven waistband is to be like it—of one piece with the ephod and made with gold, and with blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and with finely twisted linen.
    9 “Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel
    10 in the order of their birth—six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other.
    11 Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the way a gem cutter engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in gold filigree settings
    12 and fasten them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. Aaron is to bear the names on his shoulders as a memorial before the LORD.
    13 Make gold filigree settings
    14 and two braided chains of pure gold, like a rope, and attach the chains to the settings.
    The Breastpiece
    15 “Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions—the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.
    16 It is to be square—a span long and a span wide—and folded double.
    17 Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. The first row shall be carnelian, chrysolite and beryl;
    18 the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald;
    19 the third row shall be jacinth, agate and amethyst;
    20 the fourth row shall be topaz, onyx and jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings.
    21 There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.
    22 “For the breastpiece make braided chains of pure gold, like a rope.
    23 Make two gold rings for it and fasten them to two corners of the breastpiece.
    24 Fasten the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the breastpiece,
    25 and the other ends of the chains to the two settings, attaching them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the front.
    26 Make two gold rings and attach them to the other two corners of the breastpiece on the inside edge next to the ephod.
    27 Make two more gold rings and attach them to the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod, close to the seam just above the waistband of the ephod.
    28 The rings of the breastpiece are to be tied to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband, so that the breastpiece will not swing out from the ephod.
    29 “Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the LORD.
    30 Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD.

  156. Exodus 28 (GOD's (Ten Commandments). Other Priestly Garments
    31 “Make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth,
    32 with an opening for the head in its center. There shall be a woven edge like a collar around this opening, so that it will not tear.
    33 Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them.
    34 The gold bells and the pomegranates are to alternate around the hem of the robe.
    35 Aaron must wear it when he ministers. The sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place before the LORD and when he comes out, so that he will not die.
    36 “Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD.
    37 Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban.
    38 It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptable to the LORD.
    39 “Weave the tunic of fine linen and make the turban of fine linen. The sash is to be the work of an embroiderer.
    40 Make tunics, sashes and caps for Aaron’s sons to give them dignity and honor.
    41 After you put these clothes on your brother Aaron and his sons, anoint and ordain them. Consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.
    42 “Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh.
    43 Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they will not incur guilt and die. “This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants.

  157. Exodus 29 (GOD's Ten Commandments). Consecration of the Priests
    1 “This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect.
    2 And from the finest wheat flour make round loaves without yeast, thick loaves without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, and thin loaves without yeast and brushed with olive oil.
    3 Put them in a basket and present them along with the bull and the two rams.
    4 Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.
    5 Take the garments and dress Aaron with the tunic, the robe of the ephod, the ephod itself and the breastpiece. Fasten the ephod on him by its skillfully woven waistband.
    6 Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred emblem to the turban.
    7 Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.
    8 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics
    9 and fasten caps on them. Then tie sashes on Aaron and his sons. The priesthood is theirs by a lasting ordinance. “Then you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.
    10 “Bring the bull to the front of the tent of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head.
    11 Slaughter it in the LORD’s presence at the entrance to the tent of meeting.
    12 Take some of the bull’s blood and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour out the rest of it at the base of the altar.
    13 Then take all the fat on the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and both kidneys with the fat on them, and burn them on the altar.
    14 But burn the bull’s flesh and its hide and its intestines outside the camp. It is a sin offering.
    15 “Take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head.
    16 Slaughter it and take the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar.
    17 Cut the ram into pieces and wash the internal organs and the legs, putting them with the head and the other pieces.
    18 Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD.
    19 “Take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head.
    20 Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Then splash blood against the sides of the altar.

  158. Exodus 30 (GOD's Ten Commandments). The Altar of Incense
    1 “Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense.
    2 It is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high —its horns of one piece with it.
    3 Overlay the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it.
    4 Make two gold rings for the altar below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it.
    5 Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.
    6 Put the altar in front of the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law—before the atonement cover that is over the tablets of the covenant law—where I will meet with you.
    7 “Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps.
    8 He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the LORD for the generations to come.
    9 Do not offer on this altar any other incense or any burnt offering or grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it.
    10 Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering for the generations to come. It is most holy to the LORD.”
    Atonement Money
    11 Then the LORD said to Moses,
    12 “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.
    13 Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the LORD.
    14 All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the LORD.
    15 The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives.
    16 Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives.”
    Basin for Washing
    17 Then the LORD said to Moses,
    18 “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
    19 Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it.
    20 Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting a food offering to the LORD,
    21 they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.”

  159. Exodus 31 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    Bezalel and Oholiab
    1 Then the LORD said to Moses,
    2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
    3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—
    4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
    5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.
    6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:
    7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—
    8 the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense,
    9 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand—
    10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests,
    11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”
    The Sabbath
    12 Then the LORD said to Moses,
    13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.
    14 “ ‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people.
    15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.
    16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.
    17 It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ ”
    18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

  160. Exodus 32 (GOD's Ten Commandments). The Golden Calf
    1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
    2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”
    3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.
    4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
    5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”
    6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
    7 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.
    8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
    9 “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.
    10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
    11 But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?
    12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.
    13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ ”
    14 Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
    15 Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back.
    16 The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.
    17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war in the camp.”
    18 Moses replied: “It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear.”
    19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.
    20 And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.
    21 He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”
    22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil.
    23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’
    24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”
    25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them.

  161. Exodus 33 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’
    2 I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
    3 Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”
    4 When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments.
    5 For the LORD had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’ ”
    6 So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb.
    The Tent of Meeting
    7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp.
    8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.
    9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses.
    10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent.
    11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
    Moses and the Glory of the LORD
    12 Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’
    13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
    14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
    15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.
    16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
    17 And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
    18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
    19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
    20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
    21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.
    22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.
    23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

  162. Exodus 34 (GOD's Ten Commandments). The New Stone Tablets
    1 The LORD said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
    2 Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.
    3 No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.”
    4 So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the LORD had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands.
    5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD.
    6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,
    7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
    8 Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.
    9 “Lord,” he said, “if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.”
    10 Then the LORD said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you.
    11 Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
    12 Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.
    13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.
    14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
    15 “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices.
    16 And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.
    17 “Do not make any idols.
    18 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.
    19 “The first offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock.
    20 Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons. “No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

  163. Exodus 34 (GOD's Ten Commandments).
    21 “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.
    22 “Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year.
    23 Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel.
    24 I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the LORD your God.
    25 “Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Festival remain until morning.
    26 “Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God. “Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
    27 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”
    28 Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.
    The Radiant Face of Moses
    29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.
    30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.
    31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them.
    32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.
    33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.
    34 But whenever he entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,
    35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.

  164. Exodus 35 (GOD's Ten Commandments). Sabbath Regulations
    1 Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the LORD has commanded you to do:
    2 For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.
    3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
    Materials for the Tabernacle
    4 Moses said to the whole Israelite community, “This is what the LORD has commanded:
    5 From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze;
    6 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair;
    7 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather ; acacia wood;
    8 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;
    9 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
    10 “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded:
    11 the tabernacle with its tent and its covering, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts and bases;
    12 the ark with its poles and the atonement cover and the curtain that shields it;
    13 the table with its poles and all its articles and the bread of the Presence;
    14 the lampstand that is for light with its accessories, lamps and oil for the light;
    15 the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; the curtain for the doorway at the entrance to the tabernacle;
    16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils; the bronze basin with its stand;
    17 the curtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases, and the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard;
    18 the tent pegs for the tabernacle and for the courtyard, and their ropes;
    19 the woven garments worn for ministering in the sanctuary—both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests.”
    20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence,

  165. Exodus 35 (GOD's Ten Commandments). 21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.
    22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
    23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them.
    24 Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the LORD, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it.
    25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen.
    26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.
    27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
    28 They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense.
    29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD through Moses had commanded them to do.
    30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
    31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—
    32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
    33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.
    34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.
    35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

  166. Matthew 1. The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
    1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
    2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
    3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
    4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
    5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
    6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
    7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
    8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
    9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
    10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
    11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
    12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
    13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
    14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud,
    15 Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
    16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
    17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

  167. Matthew 1. Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
    18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
    19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
    20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
    21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
    22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
    23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
    24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
    25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

  168. Matthew 2.
    The Magi Visit the Messiah
    1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
    2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
    3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
    4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.
    5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
    6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
    7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
    8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
    9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
    10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
    11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
    12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
    The Escape to Egypt
    13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
    14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,
    15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
    16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
    17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
    18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
    The Return to Nazareth
    19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
    20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
    21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
    22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,
    23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

  169. Matthew 3.
    John the Baptist Prepares the Way
    1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea
    2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
    3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”
    4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
    5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
    6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
    7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
    8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
    9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
    10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
    11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
    12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
    The Baptism of Jesus
    13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
    14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
    15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
    16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
    17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

  170. Matthew 4.
    Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
    1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
    2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
    3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
    4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
    5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
    6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
    7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
    8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
    9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
    10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
    11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
    Jesus Begins to Preach
    12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.
    13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—
    14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
    15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
    16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
    17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
    Jesus Calls His First Disciples
    18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
    19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
    20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
    21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,
    22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
    Jesus Heals the Sick
    23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
    24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
    25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

  171. Matthew 5. Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
    1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
    The Beatitudes
    2 and he began to teach them. He said:
    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
    7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
    8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
    12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
    Salt and Light
    13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
    14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
    15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
    16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
    The Fulfillment of the Law
    17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
    18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
    19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
    20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
    Murder
    21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’
    22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
    23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
    24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
    25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
    26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

  172. Matthew 6. Giving to the Needy
    1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
    2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
    3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
    4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    Prayer
    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
    6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
    8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
    9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
    10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
    11 Give us today our daily bread.
    12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    13 And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.’
    14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
    15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
    Fasting
    16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
    17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,
    18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    Treasures in Heaven
    19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
    20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
    21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light.
    23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
    24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

  173. Matthew 6. Do Not Worry
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
    26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
    27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
    29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
    30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
    31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
    32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
    33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
    34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

  174. Matthew 7.
    Judging Others
    1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
    2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
    3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
    4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
    5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
    6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
    Ask, Seek, Knock
    7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
    8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
    9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
    10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
    11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
    12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
    The Narrow and Wide Gates
    13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
    14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
    True and False Prophets
    15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
    16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
    17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
    18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
    19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
    20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
    True and False Disciples
    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’
    23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
    The Wise and Foolish Builders
    24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
    25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
    26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
    27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
    28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
    29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

  175. Matthew 8. Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
    1 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.
    2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
    3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
    4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
    The Faith of the Centurion
    5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.
    6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
    7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
    8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
    9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
    10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
    11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
    12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
    13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
    Jesus Heals Many
    14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
    15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
    16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.
    17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
    The Cost of Following Jesus
    18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.
    19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
    20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
    21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
    22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

  176. Matthew 8. Jesus Calms the Storm
    23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.
    24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
    25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
    26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
    27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
    Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men
    28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.
    29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
    30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.
    31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
    32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.
    33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.
    34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

  177. Matthew 9. Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
    1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.
    2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
    3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
    4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
    5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
    6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”
    7 Then the man got up and went home.
    8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
    The Calling of Matthew
    9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
    10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.
    11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
    12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
    13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
    Jesus Questioned About Fasting
    14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”
    15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
    16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.
    17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

  178. Matthew 9. Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
    18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”
    19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
    20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.
    21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
    22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
    23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes,
    24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.
    25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.
    26 News of this spread through all that region.
    Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute
    27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
    28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
    29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;
    30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”
    31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
    32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.
    33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
    34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
    The Workers Are Few
    35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
    36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
    38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

  179. Matthew 10. Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
    1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
    2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
    3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
    4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
    5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
    6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
    7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
    8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
    9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—
    10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.
    11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.
    12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
    13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
    14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
    15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
    16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
    17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.
    18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
    19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,
    20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

  180. Matthew 10. 21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
    22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
    23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
    24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.
    25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
    26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
    27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
    28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
    29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
    30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
    31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
    32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
    33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
    34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
    35 For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
    36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
    37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
    38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
    39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
    40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
    41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.
    42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

  181. My fellow men, don't be lied to, deceived by and misled by these worldly quotes and don't be lied to, deceived by and misled by women who are on here commenting and saying positive things about women are sacred, which are nothing but false representation based on self indulging hypocrisy, women aren't sacred in any way shape and form. The one and only sacred one is Jesus Christ, who is three-in-one, GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON and GOD the Holy Spirit. Mankind is the one and the only true description, definition that truly describes, defines and gives the perfect meaning and completion to the human race as is. But we as men should honor our wives as the weaker vessel as GOD's word says, but likewise, women should quietly submit to man's rightful authority, for it is disgraceful and shameful for a woman to exercise authority over man as GOD's law says. Let's go back to the very beginning of the history of Mankind in the "Garden of Eden", Adam (man) was formed first by GOD, the GOD made Eve (woman) from man to be a helpmate comparable to him. For it was woman, not man who corrupted and deceived by Satan who came upon her in the form of a serpent.

  182. Genesis 2. Adam and Eve
    4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
    5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,
    6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.
    7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
    8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.
    9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
    10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.
    11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
    12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)
    13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.
    14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
    15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
    16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
    17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
    18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
    19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
    20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
    21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.
    22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
    23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
    24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
    25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

  183. Genesis 3.
    The Fall
    1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
    2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,
    3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
    4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
    5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
    6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
    7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
    8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
    9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
    10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
    11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
    12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
    13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
    14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
    15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
    16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
    17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
    18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
    19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
    20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
    21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
    22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
    23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
    24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

  184. Women should quietly and silently submit to man's rightful leadership and authority in everything that they do.

  185. 1 Timothy 2:11-15 ESV / 862 helpful votes

    Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
    Titus 2:3-5 ESV / 378 helpful votes

    Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
    Proverbs 14:1 ESV / 350 helpful votes

    The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.
    1 Timothy 2:11-12 ESV / 304 helpful votes

    Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
    Proverbs 31:30-31 ESV / 286 helpful votes

    Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
    1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ESV / 275 helpful votes

    The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
    Proverbs 31:26 ESV / 270 helpful votes

    She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
    Galatians 3:26-29 ESV / 252 helpful votes
    For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

  186. Proverbs 21:9 ESV / 249 helpful votes

    It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
    Proverbs 31:25 ESV / 212 helpful votes

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
    Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV / 212 helpful votes

    An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. ...
    Proverbs 11:16 ESV / 198 helpful votes

    A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.
    1 Corinthians 11:5 ESV / 197 helpful votes

    But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.
    Genesis 2:18 ESV / 180 helpful votes

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
    Ephesians 5:22-33 ESV / 179 helpful votes

    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, ...
    Proverbs 3:15-18 ESV / 177 helpful votes
    She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

  187. Proverbs 12:4 ESV / 173 helpful votes

    An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
    Galatians 3:28 ESV / 168 helpful votes

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    1 Timothy 3:11 ESV / 151 helpful votes

    Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.
    Proverbs 31:10 ESV / 148 helpful votes

    An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
    Colossians 3:18 ESV / 143 helpful votes

    Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
    Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 143 helpful votes

    The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. ...
    Proverbs 31:30 ESV / 138 helpful votes

    Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
    Luke 8:1-3 ESV / 137 helpful votes

    Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
    Psalm 46:5 ESV / 136 helpful votes

    God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
    1 Timothy 2:12 ESV / 134 helpful votes

    I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
    1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV / 127 helpful votes

    But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
    1 Timothy 2:9-10 ESV / 119 helpful votes

    Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.
    Genesis 1:27 ESV / 119 helpful votes
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

  188. 1 Timothy 2:9-15 ESV / 114 helpful votes

    Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; ...
    Genesis 3:16 ESV / 114 helpful votes

    To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
    Proverbs 21:19 ESV / 113 helpful votes

    It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
    Titus 2:3-8 ESV / 111 helpful votes

    Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, ...
    1 Peter 3:1-22 ESV / 108 helpful votes

    Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, ...
    1 Peter 3:1-6 ESV / 106 helpful votes

    Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, ...
    Acts 18:24-26 ESV / 106 helpful votes

    Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

  189. Titus 2:4-5 ESV / 99 helpful votes

    And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
    Proverbs 19:13 ESV / 98 helpful votes

    A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
    Ephesians 5:22-24 ESV / 95 helpful votes

    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
    1 Corinthians 14:33-35 ESV / 94 helpful votes

    For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
    Acts 18:26 ESV / 93 helpful votes

    He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
    1 Peter 3:1 ESV / 89 helpful votes

    Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,
    Proverbs 11:22 ESV / 89 helpful votes

    Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
    Colossians 3:19 ESV / 88 helpful votes

    Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
    Ephesians 5:22-23 ESV / 87 helpful votes
    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

  190. Proverbs 31:20 ESV / 85 helpful votes

    She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.
    Judges 4:4-5 ESV / 85 helpful votes

    Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment.
    2 Timothy 1:5 ESV / 84 helpful votes

    I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
    Luke 10:38-42 ESV / 84 helpful votes

    Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
    1 Peter 3:1-2 ESV / 81 helpful votes

    Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.
    Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 80 helpful votes

    Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
    Ephesians 5:22 ESV / 80 helpful votes

    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
    Matthew 27:55-56 ESV / 80 helpful votes

    There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

  191. 1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV / 78 helpful votes

    Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
    1 Corinthians 11:3-10 ESV / 78 helpful votes

    But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. ...
    Titus 2:1 ESV / 77 helpful votes

    But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
    Acts 2:17-18 ESV / 72 helpful votes

    “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
    1 Corinthians 14:34 ESV / 71 helpful votes

    The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.
    Romans 16:1-16 ESV / 70 helpful votes
    I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. ...

  192. Acts 1:12-14 ESV / 68 helpful votes

    Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
    1 Timothy 5:14 ESV / 65 helpful votes

    So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.
    1 Timothy 2:11-14 ESV / 64 helpful votes

    Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
    1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV / 62 helpful votes

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, ...
    Acts 16:14 ESV / 61 helpful votes

    One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.
    1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV / 60 helpful votes

    Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
    Colossians 3:1 ESV / 58 helpful votes

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
    Ephesians 5:23-24 ESV / 58 helpful votes

    For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

  193. 1 Corinthians 11:11-12 ESV / 58 helpful votes

    Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.
    Acts 9:36 ESV / 58 helpful votes

    Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.
    Mark 15:40-41 ESV / 58 helpful votes

    There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
    Isaiah 3:12 ESV / 58 helpful votes

    My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.
    Matthew 27:55 ESV / 57 helpful votes

    There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,
    Matthew 5:28 ESV / 57 helpful votes

    But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    Genesis 5:1-2 ESV / 57 helpful votes

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.
    Colossians 3:22-24 ESV / 56 helpful votes

    Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
    1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV / 55 helpful votes
    Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

  194. 1 Timothy 2:11 ESV / 55 helpful votes

    Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.
    Exodus 15:20 ESV / 55 helpful votes

    Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
    1 Peter 2:18-21 ESV / 54 helpful votes

    Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
    Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 54 helpful votes

    My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.
    1 Corinthians 7:20-24 ESV / 53 helpful votes

    Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
    Proverbs 18:22 ESV / 53 helpful votes

    He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
    Deuteronomy 22:5 ESV / 53 helpful votes

    “A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
    Luke 23:49 ESV / 52 helpful votes

    And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

  195. Ephesians 4:11 ESV / 51 helpful votes

    And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
    Galatians 3:8 ESV / 51 helpful votes

    And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
    1 Corinthians 14:22-24 ESV / 51 helpful votes

    Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
    Acts 21:7-9 ESV / 51 helpful votes

    When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day. On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
    1 Timothy 2:9 ESV / 50 helpful votes

    Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,
    1 Timothy 2:13-14 ESV / 49 helpful votes

    For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
    1 Timothy 2:13 ESV / 46 helpful votes

    For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
    1 Corinthians 11:11 ESV / 44 helpful votes

    Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;
    Song of Solomon 4:1 ESV / 44 helpful votes
    Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead.

  196. Proverbs 31:27 ESV / 43 helpful votes

    She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
    Proverbs 31:3 ESV / 43 helpful votes

    Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.
    John 3:16-17 ESV / 41 helpful votes

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
    Luke 2:36-38 ESV / 41 helpful votes

    And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
    Romans 16:1-2 ESV / 39 helpful votes

    I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.
    Ephesians 5:28 ESV / 38 helpful votes

    In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
    1 Peter 3:7-8 ESV / 34 helpful votes
    Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

  197. Matthew 11. Jesus and John the Baptist
    1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
    2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples
    3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
    4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
    5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosyare cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
    6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
    7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
    8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.
    9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
    10 This is the one about whom it is written: “ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
    11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
    12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence,and violent people have been raiding it.
    13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
    14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
    15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
    16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
    17 “ ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’
    18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
    19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

  198. Matthew 11. Woe on Unrepentant Towns
    20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
    21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
    22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
    23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
    24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
    The Father Revealed in the Son
    25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
    26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
    27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
    28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  199. Matthew 12. Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
    1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.
    2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
    3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
    4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.
    5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?
    6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.
    7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’you would not have condemned the innocent.
    8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
    9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
    10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
    11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?
    12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
    13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
    14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
    God’s Chosen Servant
    15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.
    16 He warned them not to tell others about him.
    17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
    18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
    19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
    20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.
    21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”

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