The Two Silver Trumpets
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them to call the congregation and to break the camps.
3 You shall blow the trumpets among them, and all the congregation shall be gathered at the door of the tabernacle of testimony.
4 But if they blow one trumpet, all the rulers, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you.
5 Then you shall blow the trumpet signal, and the camps camping on the east side shall break camp.
6 Again, you shall blow the trumpet signal a second time, and the camps camping on the south side shall break camp; and you shall blow the trumpet signal a third time, and the camps camping on the west side shall break camp; and you shall blow the trumpet signal a fourth time, and the camps camping on the north side shall break camp. They shall blow the trumpet signal when they break camp.
7 Then when you have gathered the congregation together, you shall blow the trumpet, but not the trumpet signal.
8 The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and this shall be your custom perpetually throughout your generations.
9 If you should go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, you shall sound the trumpet signal, and you will be remembered before the Lord, and you will be saved from your enemies.
10 Also in the days of your gladness, and in your feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your whole burnt offerings and the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a remembrance for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”†
Moving On from the Camp
11 Now it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud ascended from the tabernacle of the testimony.
12 Then the children of Israel broke camp with their household goods in the Sinai Desert; and the cloud stood in the Desert of Paran.
13 So the first ones broke camp at the Lord’s voice by the hand of Moses.
14 The division of the camp of the children of Judah was the first to break camp with their army; and over their army was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
15 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Issachar was Nethanel the son of Zuar.
16 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.
17 Then the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari took down the tabernacle and broke camp, carrying the tabernacle.
18 After this, the division of the camp of Reuben broke camp with their army; and over their army was Elizur the son of Shedeur.
19 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
20 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
21 Then the sons of Kohath broke camp, carrying the holy things (and they would set up the tabernacle, before their arrival).
22 After this, the division of the camp of the children of Ephraim broke camp with their army; and over their army was Elishama the son of Ammihud.
23 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
24 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni.
25 Then the division of the camp of the children of Dan (the last of all the camps with their army) broke camp; and over their army was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
26 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Asher was Pagiel the son of Ocran.
27 Over the army of the tribe of the children of Naphtali was Ahira the son of Enan.
28 These were the armies of the children of Israel, and they broke camp with their army.
29 Now Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are breaking camp for the place the Lord spoke of, saying, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will treat you well; for the Lord spoke good things concerning Israel.”†
30 However, he said to him, “I will not go, but I will depart to my land and to my relatives.”
31 But he replied, “Do not leave us, because you were with us in the desert, and you would be an elder among us.
32 It would also be, if you should go with us, that the good things whatsoever the Lord will do for us, the same we will do for you.”
33 So they broke camp at the mountain of the Lord for a journey of three days; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them for the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them.†
34 Now it came to pass that when they broke camp with the ark, Moses said, “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let all who hate You flee.”
35 And when the ark rested, he said, “Return, O Lord, to the many thousands in Israel!”
36 The cloud also overshadowed them by day when they broke camp.
56 They tested and rebelled against the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies;
57 And they turned away and broke His covenant, just as their fathers did, And they changed into a crooked bow;
58 And they provoked Him to anger with their high places, And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.
59 God heard and despised them, And He utterly disdained Israel;
60 And He rejected the tabernacle at Shiloh, His dwelling place, where He settled among men.
61 He gave their strength into captivity And their beauty into the hands of the enemy;
62 And He gave His people over to the sword And despised His inheritance.
63 Fire consumed their young men, And their virgins were not lamented;
64 Their priests fell by the sword, And their widows were not lamented.
65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, Like a strong man drunk from wine;
66 And He struck His enemies from behind; He gave them eternal reproach.
67 And He rejected the dwelling of Joseph And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 He chose the tribe of Judah, This Mount Zion that He loves;
69 And He built His sanctuary as the place of unicorns; He founded it forever on the earth.
70 He chose David for His servant And took him from the sheepfolds;
71 He took him from behind sheep that gave birth To shepherd Jacob His people And Israel His inheritance;
72 And he shepherded them in the integrity of his heart And guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.
Proverbs of Solomon 16
21 The heart of a wise man shall understand the things from his own mouth, And he shall carry knowledge upon his lips.†
22 Good words are a honeycomb, And their sweetness is a healing of the soul.
23 There are ways that seem right to a man; However, their ends look to the depths of Hades.
24 A man labors diligently for himself And expels destruction from himself; However, a perverse man carries destruction on his lips.
25 A man without discernment digs up evil things for himself And stores up fire on his own lips.
John’s Messengers Inquire of Jesus
18 Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things.†
19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
20 When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ ”
21 And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
24 When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts.
26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
27 This is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”†
29 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.†
31 And the Lord said, “To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like?†
32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’
34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
35 But wisdom is justified by all her children.”†
Forgiveness of a Sinful Woman
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.†
37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,
38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.
45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.
46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.
47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”†
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”