The Second Passover
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert, in the first month of the second year, after they came out of the land of Egypt, saying,
2 “Speak, and let the children of Israel keep Pascha at its appointed time.
3 On the fourteenth day of this month, at eventide, you shall keep it at its appointed time. According to its rule and practice you shall keep it.”†
4 So Moses told the children of Israel to keep Pascha.
5 Thus they kept Pascha beginning on the fourteenth day of the first month, in the Sinai Desert; as the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did.
6 Now there were men who were unclean on account of a dead man, and so were unable to keep Pascha on that day; therefore, they came before Moses and Aaron that day.†
7 So those men said to him, “We are unclean on account of a dead man. Why then are we prevented from presenting the Lord’s gift at its appointed time among the children of Israel?”
8 Moses then said to them, “Stand here, and I will hear what the Lord commands concerning you.”
9 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
10 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘If anyone of you becomes unclean on account of a dead man, or is on a distant journey, or is among your families, he shall keep the Lord’s Pascha.
11 On the fourteenth day of the second month, at eventide, they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
12 They shall leave none of it until morning, nor break one of its bones. According to all the rule of Pascha, they shall keep it.
13 But the man who is clean and is not on a distant journey, but fails to keep Pascha, that soul shall be utterly destroyed from among his people, because he did not bring his gift to the Lord at its appointed time; that man shall bear his guilt.
14 But if a resident alien dwells with you in your land, he shall also keep the Lord’s Pascha, according to the rule and regulation of Pascha; you shall have one rule, both for the resident alien and the native of the land.’ ”
The Cloud and Fire
15 Now on the day the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the house of the testimony; from eventide until morning it was on the tabernacle, like the form of fire.
16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the form of fire by night.
17 Whenever the cloud ascended from the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel broke camp; and in the place where the cloud stood, there the children of Israel made camp.
18 At the command of the Lord the children of Israel would make camp, and at the command of the Lord they would break camp. All the days the cloud overshadowed the tabernacle, the children of Israel would encamp.
19 Even when the cloud would continue many days on the tabernacle, the children of Israel would obey God’s orders, and not break camp.
20 So it would be, whenever the cloud would overshadow the tabernacle a number of days, at the voice of the Lord they would encamp, and at the command of the Lord they would break camp.
21 So it would be, when the cloud would continue from eventide until morning, and the cloud would ascend in the morning, then they would break camp; and if the cloud would continue a day or a night,†
22 or a month, or an abundance of days overshadowing it, the children of Israel would encamp and not break camp.
23 At the command of the Lord they would break camp, and at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses they would obey the Lord’s orders.
38 But He is merciful And will atone for their sins, and not destroy them; And He will multiply them, and turn away His anger; And He will not kindle all His wrath.
39 For He remembered they are flesh, A spirit that is passing and not returning.
40 How many times did they rebel against Him in the desert, And provoke Him to wrath in the desert?
41 And they turned away and tempted God, And provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember His hand And the day He redeemed them from the hand of those afflicting them,
43 How He wrought His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the plains of Zoan,
44 And how He turned their rivers and rainfalls into blood, So they could not drink;
45 He sent them the dog-fly, and it devoured them, And the frog, and it destroyed them.
46 He gave their fruit to the mildew And their labors to the locust;
47 He killed their vineyard with hail And their mulberry trees with frost;
48 And He delivered their cattle to the hail And their property to the fire;
49 He sent forth the wrath of His anger to them, Anger and wrath and affliction, Sent forth through evil angels;
50 He made a path for His wrath; He did not spare their souls from death, And their cattle He enclosed in death;
51 And He struck every firstborn in Egypt, The firstfruit of their labor in the tents of Ham.
52 And He brought His people out like sheep, And He led them like a flock in the desert;
53 And He guided them in hope, and they were not afraid; And the sea covered up their enemies.
54 He brought them into the mountain of His holiness, This mountain His right hand acquired;
55 And He cast out the nations from before their face, And distributed them a measure of land as an inheritance; And He settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
Proverbs of Solomon 16
16 Arrogance goes before destruction And folly before a fall.
17 A gentle mind with humility is better Than he who divides spoils with the arrogant.†
18 A man wise in his deeds is a discoverer of good things, But he who trusts in God is the most blessed.
19 Men call the wise and understanding worthless, But those pleasing in speech will increase in understanding.
20 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who possess it, But the instruction of those without discernment is evil.†
A Gentile Soldier’s Faith
1 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum.
2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die.†
3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving,
5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof.
7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.
8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it. ”
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
A Widow’s Son Is Raised
11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd.†
12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”
17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.