Making the Ark
1 Now Bezalel made the ark.†
2 He overlaid it with pure gold inside and out.
3 He cast for it four golden rings (two rings on one side and two on the other),
4 wide enough for the poles with which to carry it.
5 He also made the mercy seat above the ark of pure gold,†
6 and two cherubim of pure gold†
7 (a cherub at one end of the mercy seat and one at the other end),
8 spreading out their wings above the mercy seat.
The Table of Offering
9 Then he made the table of offertory of pure gold
10 and cast for it four rings (two on one side and two on the other), wide enough for the poles with which to carry it.
11 Then he made the poles of the ark and the table and gilded them with gold.†
12 He also made the utensils of the table, the dishes, the censers, the cups, and the pitchers for pouring drink offerings, of gold.
13 He then made the lampstand to give light, of gold,†
14 both its solid stem and the branches on each side thereof,
15 and the blossoms projecting from its branches, three on one side and three on the other, symmetrical to one another.
16 As to the lamps on top of them, almond blossoms budded from them; and there were sockets to hold the lamps, the seventh of which was atop the lampstand itself at its summit, all of solid gold.
17 The seven lamps, their snuffers and funnels were also made of gold.
18 Then he overlaid the posts with silver and cast golden rings for the posts; and he gilded the posts supporting the veil with gold and made the hooks of gold.
19 He also made the rings of the tabernacle of gold; and the rings of the court and those for drawing out the veil above he made of bronze.
20 He then cast in silver the capitals of the tabernacle, and in bronze, the capitals of the door of the tabernacle and the gate of the court; and he made silver hooks to be attached to the posts.
21 He made of bronze all the pegs of the tabernacle and the court.
22 He made the altar of bronze from the censers used by the men engaged in Korah’s rebellion.
23 He made of bronze all the utensils of the altar, and also its grate, its base, its bowls, and its flesh-hooks.
24 As an appendage to the altar, he made a network under the grate, beneath it as far as the middle of it; and he fastened four rings of bronze to the four sides of the appendage, wide enough for the bars so as to carry the altar with them.
25 He also made the holy anointing oil and the composition of the incense, the pure work of the perfumer.
A Laver of Bronze
26 He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze from the bronze mirrors of the women who fasted by the doors of the tabernacle of witness on the day he set it up.
27 He made the laver that in it Moses and Aaron and his sons might wash their hands and feet. Whenever they went into the tabernacle of testimony or came near to minister at the altar, they washed in it, as the Lord commanded Moses.
1 For the End; do not corrupt; a psalm of an ode for Asaph. †
2 We shall give thanks to You, O God; We shall give thanks, and call upon Your name.
3 I shall describe all Your wonders. “When I seize the opportunity, I shall judge these rightly.
4 The earth is dissolved and all its inhabitants; I made firm its pillars.” (Pause)
5 I said to those who transgress the law, “Do not transgress the law,” And to those who sin I said, “Do not exalt yourselves;
6 Do not boast in yourselves; Do not accuse God of wrongdoing.”
7 For judgment comes neither from the sunrise nor the sunset Nor from mountains of the deserts,
8 For God is judge; This one He brings down low, and that one He raises up.
9 For the cup in the Lord’s hand Is full of unmixed wine, a drink poured out; And He tipped it from side to side, But its dregs were not emptied out; All sinners of the earth shall drink them.
10 But I shall greatly rejoice forever; I shall sing to the God of Jacob.
11 All the horns of sinners I shall crush, But the horns of the righteous man shall be exalted.
Proverbs of Solomon 15
21 The ways of idle men are strewn with thorny plants, But the thorny plants of the courageous are worn smooth.†
22 A wise son gladdens a father, But a son without discernment treats his mother with contempt.†
23 The paths of one without understanding are in need of discernment, But a man with discernment walks uprightly.
24 Those not honoring councils defer their deliberations, But counsel remains in the hearts of those who resolve to do it.
25 The evil man will not obey counsel, Nor will he speak anything appropriate, even something for the common good.†
26 The thoughts of a wise man are his ways of life, That he might turn aside and be saved from Hades.
1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,†
2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.†
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”†
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.
10 For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’ †
11 and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ”
13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.†
Jesus’ Galilean Ministry Begins
14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
Unbelief at Nazareth
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; †
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” †
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”†
23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.’ ”
24 Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.
25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;
26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.
30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.