The Ten Commandments
1 Now Moses called all Israel, and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the ordinances and the judgments I speak in your hearing on this day, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them.
2 The Lord our God made a covenant with you in Horeb.
3 The Lord did not make this covenant with your fathers, but with you, all of you alive here today.
4 The Lord spoke to you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.
5 I stood between the Lord and you at that time to declare to you the words of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. And He said,†
6 ‘I am the Lord your God who brings you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.†
7 There shall be no different gods before My face.
8 You shall not make for yourself an image, neither any likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth;
9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them, because I am the Lord your God, a jealous God, repaying the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me,†
10 but showing mercy to thousands who love Me and keep My commandments.
11 ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not cleanse him who takes His name in vain.
12 ‘Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.†
13 Six days you shall labor and do all your works,
14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath to the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work—you, your son and your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your ox, your donkey, and all of your cattle, and your resident alien dwelling among you; that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
15 Remember, you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore, the Lord your God ordered you to guard the Sabbath day and to sanctify it.
16 ‘Honor your father and mother in the manner the Lord your God commanded you, that it may be well with you, and you may be a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
17 ‘You shall not murder.
18 ‘You shall not commit adultery.
19 ‘You shall not steal.
20 ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
21 ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not covet your neighbor’s house, neither his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or his cattle, or anything belonging to your neighbor.’
The People Fear God’s Presence
22 “The Lord spoke these words to all your assembly in the mountain from the midst of the fire; there was darkness, gloom, storm, and a loud voice, and He added no more. Then He wrote them on two tablets of stone, and gave them to me.
23 So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the fire, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near me, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders.
24 Then you said, ‘Surely the Lord our God showed us His glory and His greatness, and we heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We saw this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.
25 Now therefore, let us not die, because this great fire will destroy us; and if we continue to hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, we shall die.
26 For who of flesh heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
27 You go near and hear whatever the Lord our God may say, and tell us whatever the Lord our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.’
28 “Then the Lord heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, ‘I heard the voice of this people, whatever words they spoke to you. They are right in whatever they said.
29 Would they had such a heart in them so as to fear Me and guard My commandments all the time, that it might be well with them and their sons forever.†
30 Go and say to them, “Return to your houses.”
31 But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the ordinances, and the judgments you are to teach them, so they may do them in the land I give them as an inheritance.’
32 Therefore you shall be careful to do in the manner the Lord your God commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
33 You shall walk in every way the Lord your God commanded you, that He may give you rest, and it be well with you, and you prolong your days in the land you are to inherit.
1 An ode of a psalm for Asaph. †
2 O God, who can be likened to You? Be not silent nor appeased, O God,
3 For behold, Your enemies made a noise, And those who hate You raised up their heads.
4 They devised a wicked judgment against Your people, And they plotted against Your saints.
5 They said, “Come, and let us destroy them from among the people, And let the name Israel be remembered no more.”
6 For they plotted together in unity; They established a covenant against You:
7 The tents of the Edomites and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagarenes,
8 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, And foreigners with the inhabitants of Tyre;
9 And even Assyria joined with them; They came to the aid of the sons of Lot. (Pause)
10 Deal with them as with Midian and Sisera, As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon;
11 They were destroyed at Endor; They became like dung on the earth.
12 Make their rulers like Oreb and Zeeb, And all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna,
13 Who said, “Let us inherit the holy place of God for ourselves.”
14 O my God, turn them like a wheel, Like straw before the face of the wind,
15 Like fire that burns through a thicket, Like a flame that sets mountains on fire;
16 Thus You shall pursue them with Your storm, And You shall trouble them in your wrath.
17 Fill their faces with disgrace, And they shall seek Your name, O Lord.
18 Let them be disgraced and troubled unto ages of ages, And let them be shamed and destroyed;
19 And let them know Your name is the Lord, That You alone are Most High over all the earth.
Proverbs of Solomon 17
16 He who judges the unrighteous as righteous, and the righteous as unrighteous, He is unclean and abominable before God.†
17 Why do goods belong to a man without discernment? For a heartless man is unable to gain wisdom.
18 He who makes his own house lofty seeks destruction, And the one who turns away from learning will fall into evils.
19 Let a friend be with you on every occasion, And let brethren be useful in necessities, For they are begotten for this reason.†
20 A man without discernment applauds and rejoices over himself, As also the one who gives himself as surety for his friend.
The Unbelieving World
37 Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him.
38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child.
39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him.
40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”†
41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”
42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.
Second Prediction of the Passion
43 And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples,
44 “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.”†
45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.
Who Is the Greatest?
46 Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest.†
47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him,
48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”
The Rights of Jesus’ Disciples
49 Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.”
50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”
Kindness Toward the Inhospitable
51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.
53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.
54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.
56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. ” And they went to another village.
57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”†
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”