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1A man of the house of Levi went and took a daughter of Levi as his wife. 2The woman conceived, and bore a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3When she could no longer hide him, she took a papyrus basket for him, and coated it with tar and with pitch. She put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank. 4His sister stood far off, to see what would be done to him. 5Pharaoh's daughter came down to bathe at the river. Her maidens walked along by the riverside. She saw the basket among the reeds, and sent her handmaid to get it. 6She opened it, and saw the child, and behold, the baby cried. She had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children." 7Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Should I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?" 8Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." The maiden went and called the child's mother. 9Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away, and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." The woman took the child, and nursed it. 10The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, and said, "Because I drew him out of the water." 11It happened in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brothers, and looked at their burdens. He saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his brothers. 12He looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no one, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 13He went out the second day, and behold, two men of the Hebrews were fighting with each other. He said to him who did the wrong, "Why do you strike your fellow?" 14He said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you plan to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian?" Moses was afraid, and said, "Surely (Aken) this thing is known." 15Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and lived in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well. 16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 17The shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. 18When they came to Reuel, their father, he said, "How is it that you have returned so early today?" 19They said, "An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock." 20He said to his daughters, "Where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread." 21Moses was content to dwell with the man. He gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter. 22She bore a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land." 23It happened in the course of those many days, that the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed because of the slavery, and they cried, and their cry came up to God (Elohim) because of the slavery. 24God (Elohim) heard their groaning, and God (Elohim) remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25God (Elohim) saw the children of Israel, and God (Elohim) was concerned about them.
1David said, "Is there yet any who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" 2There was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" He said, "Your servant is he." 3The king said, "Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God (Elohim) to him?" Ziba said to the king, "Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame of his feet." 4The king said to him, "Where is he?" Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar." 5Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. 6Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face, and did obeisance. David said, "Mephibosheth." He answered, "Behold, your servant!" 7David said to him, "Don't be afraid of him; for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your father. You shall eat bread at my table continually." 8He did obeisance, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look on such a dead dog as I am?" 9Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "All that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given to your master (Adon) 's son. 10You shall till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your servants; and you shall bring in [the fruits], that your master (Adon) 's son may have bread to eat: but Mephibosheth your master (Adon) 's son shall eat bread always at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11Then Ziba said to the king, "According to all that my lord (Adon) the king commands his servant, so your shall servant do." So Mephibosheth ate at the king's table, like one of the king's sons. 12Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. All that lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem; for he ate continually at the king's table. He was lame in both his feet.
1It happened after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. 2David said, "I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me." So David sent by his servants to comfort him concerning his father. David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. 3But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord (Adon) , "Do you think that David honors your father, in that he has sent comforters to you? Hasn't David sent his servants to you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?" 4So Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. 5When they told it to David, he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. The king said, "Wait at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return." 6When the children of Ammon saw that they were become odious to David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth Rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and the king of Maacah with one thousand men, and the men of Tob twelve thousand men. 7When David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the army of the mighty men. 8The children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entrance of the gate: and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and Maacah, were by themselves in the field. 9Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: 10The rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother; and he put them in array against the children of Ammon. 11He said, "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12Be courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the cities of our God (Elohim) ; and TheIAM (Yahweh) do that which seems good to him." 13So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him. 14When the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians had fled, they likewise fled before Abishai, and entered into the city. Then Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
1Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel. 2For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the assembly in Jerusalem, to keep the Passover in the second month. 3For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves in sufficient number, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem. 4The thing was right in the eyes of the king and of all the assembly. 5So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel, at Jerusalem: for they had not kept it in great numbers in such sort as it is written. 6So the couriers went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, "You children of Israel, turn again to TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may return to the remnant that have escaped of you out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7Don't be like your fathers, and like your brothers, who trespassed against TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of their fathers, so that he gave them up to desolation, as you see. 8Now don't be stiff-necked, as your fathers were; but yield yourselves to TheIAM (Yahweh) , and enter into his sanctuary, which he has sanctified forever, and serve TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) , that his fierce anger may turn away from you. 9For if you turn again to TheIAM (Yahweh) , your brothers and your children shall find compassion before those who led them captive, and shall come again into this land: for TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him." 10So the couriers passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, even to Zebulun: but they ridiculed them, and mocked them. 11Nevertheless certain men of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem. 12Also on Judah came the hand of God (Elohim) to give them one heart, to do the commandment of the king and of the princes by the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 13Many people assembled at Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great assembly. 14They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron. 15Then they killed the Passover on the fourteenth [day] of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought burnt offerings into the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 16They stood in their place after their order, according to the law of Moses the man of God (Elohim) : the priests sprinkled the blood [which they received] of the hand of the Levites. 17For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves: therefore the Levites were in charge of killing the Passovers for everyone who was not clean, to sanctify them to TheIAM (Yahweh) . 18For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than it is written. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, "May the good TheIAM (Yahweh) pardon everyone 19who sets his heart to seek God (Elohim) , TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of his fathers, even if they aren't clean according to the purification of the sanctuary." 20TheIAM (Yahweh) listened to Hezekiah, and healed the people. 21The children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised TheIAM (Yahweh) day by day, [singing] with loud instruments to TheIAM (Yahweh) . 22Hezekiah spoke comfortably to all the Levites who had good understanding [in the service] of TheIAM (Yahweh) . So they ate throughout the feast for the seven days, offering sacrifices of peace offerings, and making confession to TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of their fathers. 23The whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days; and they kept [other] seven days with gladness. 24For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the assembly for offerings one thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves. 25All the assembly of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the assembly who came out of Israel, and the foreigners who came out of the land of Israel, and who lived in Judah, rejoiced. 26So there was great joy in Jerusalem; for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem. 27Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy habitation, even to heaven.
27After these things he went out, and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and said to him, "Follow me!" 28He left everything, and rose up and followed him. 29Levi made a great feast for him in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them. 30Their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?" 31Jesus answered them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. 32I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." 33They said to him, "Why do John's disciples often fast and pray, likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?" 34He said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days." 36He also told a parable to them. "No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old. 37No one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. 39No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, 'The old is better.'"
1Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first, that he was going through the grain fields. His disciples plucked the heads of grain, and ate, rubbing them in their hands. 2But some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why do you do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day?" 3Jesus, answering them, said, "Haven't you read what David did when he was hungry, he, and those who were with him; 4how he entered into the house of God, and took and ate the show bread, and gave also to those who were with him, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests alone?" 5He said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord (Kurios) of the Sabbath."