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1TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 2"Sanctify to me all of the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of animal. It is mine." 3Moses said to the people, "Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery; for by strength of hand TheIAM (Yahweh) brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. 4This day you go forth in the month Abib. 5It shall be, when TheIAM (Yahweh) shall bring you into the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month. 6Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to TheIAM (Yahweh) . 7Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and no leavened bread shall be seen with you, neither shall there be yeast seen with you, in all your borders. 8You shall tell your son in that day, saying, 'It is because of that which TheIAM (Yahweh) did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.' 9It shall be for a sign to you on your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the law of TheIAM (Yahweh) may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand TheIAM (Yahweh) has brought you out of Egypt. 10You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year. 11"It shall be, when TheIAM (Yahweh) shall bring you into the land of the Canaanite, as he swore to you and to your fathers, and shall give it you, 12that you shall set apart to TheIAM (Yahweh) all that opens the womb, and every firstborn which you have that comes from an animal. The males shall be TheIAM (Yahweh) 's. 13Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck; and you shall redeem all the firstborn of man among your sons. 14It shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is this?' that you shall tell him, 'By strength of hand TheIAM (Yahweh) brought us out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; 15and it happened, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that TheIAM (Yahweh) killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of animal. Therefore I sacrifice to TheIAM (Yahweh) all that opens the womb, being males; but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.' 16It shall be for a sign on your hand, and for symbols between your eyes: for by strength of hand TheIAM (Yahweh) brought us forth out of Egypt." 17It happened, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God (Elohim) didn't lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God (Elohim) said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and they return to Egypt;" 18but God (Elohim) led the people around by the way of the wilderness by the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went up armed out of the land of Egypt. 19Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the children of Israel swear, saying, "God (Elohim) will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones away from here with you." 20They took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. 21TheIAM (Yahweh) went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them on their way, and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light, that they might go by day and by night: 22the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, didn't depart from before the people.
1Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he commanded Solomon his son, saying, 2"I am going the way of all the earth. You be strong therefore, and show yourself a man; 3and keep the instruction of TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) , to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, according to that which is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and wherever you turn yourself. 4That TheIAM (Yahweh) may establish his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, 'If your children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you,' he said, 'a man on the throne of Israel.' 5"Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, even what he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war on his sash that was about his waist, and in his shoes that were on his feet. 6Do therefore according to your wisdom, and don't let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace. 7But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those who eat at your table; for so they came to me when I fled from Absalom your brother. 8"Behold, there is with you Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite, of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at the Jordan, and I swore to him by TheIAM (Yahweh) , saying, 'I will not put you to death with the sword.' 9Now therefore don't hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down to Sheol with blood." 10David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. 11The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty-three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 12Solomon sat on the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was firmly established. 13Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. She said, "Do you come peaceably?" He said, "Peaceably. 14He said moreover, I have something to tell you." She said, "Say on." 15He said, "You know that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign. However the kingdom is turned around, and has become my brother's; for it was his from TheIAM (Yahweh) . 16Now I ask one petition of you. Don't deny me." She said to him, "Say on." 17He said, "Please speak to Solomon the king (for he will not tell you 'no'), that he give me Abishag the Shunammite as wife." 18Bathsheba said, "Alright. I will speak for you to the king." 19Bathsheba therefore went to king Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. The king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself to her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a throne to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand. 20Then she said, "I ask one small petition of you; don't deny me." The king said to her, "Ask on, my mother; for I will not deny you." 21She said, "Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as wife." 22King Solomon answered his mother, "Why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also; for he is my elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah." 23Then king Solomon swore by TheIAM (Yahweh) , saying, "God (Elohim) do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life. 24Now therefore as TheIAM (Yahweh) lives, who has established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who has made me a house, as he promised, surely Adonijah shall be put to death this day." 25King Solomon sent by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell on him, so that he died. 26To Abiathar the priest the king said, "Go to Anathoth, to your own fields; for you are worthy of death. But I will not at this time put you to death, because you bore the ark of the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) before David my father, and because you were afflicted in all in which my father was afflicted." 27So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest to TheIAM (Yahweh) , that he might fulfill the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) , which he spoke concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. 28The news came to Joab; for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he didn't turn after Absalom. Joab fled to the Tent of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and caught hold on the horns of the altar. 29It was told king Solomon, "Joab has fled to the Tent of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and behold, he is by the altar." Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, "Go, fall on him." 30Benaiah came to the Tent of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and said to him, "Thus says the king, 'Come forth!'" He said, "No; but I will die here." Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, "Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me." 31The king said to him, "Do as he has said, and fall on him, and bury him; that you may take away the blood, which Joab shed without cause, from me and from my father's house. 32TheIAM (Yahweh) will return his blood on his own head, because he fell on two men more righteous and better than he, and killed them with the sword, and my father David didn't know it: Abner the son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah. 33So shall their blood return on the head of Joab, and on the head of his seed forever. But to David, and to his seed, and to his house, and to his throne, there shall be peace forever from TheIAM (Yahweh) ." 34Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell on him, and killed him; and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. 35The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his place over the army; and Zadok the priest did the king put in the place of Abiathar. 36The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and don't go out from there anywhere. 37For on the day you go out, and pass over the brook Kidron, know for certain that you shall surely die: your blood shall be on your own head." 38Shimei said to the king, "The saying is good. As my lord (Adon) the king has said, so will your servant do." Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days. 39It happened at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, king of Gath. They told Shimei, saying, "Behold, your servants are in Gath." 40Shimei arose, and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish, to seek his servants; and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath. 41It was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again. 42The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, "Didn't I adjure you by TheIAM (Yahweh) , and warn you, saying, 'Know for certain, that on the day you go out, and walk abroad any where, you shall surely die?' You said to me, 'The saying that I have heard is good.' 43Why then have you not kept the oath of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and the commandment that I have instructed you with?" 44The king said moreover to Shimei, "You know all the wickedness which your heart is privy to, that you did to David my father. Therefore TheIAM (Yahweh) shall return your wickedness on your own head. 45But king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before TheIAM (Yahweh) forever." 46So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he went out, and fell on him, so that he died. The kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
1Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah, 2the son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub, 3the son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth, 4the son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki, 5the son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest; 6this Ezra went up from Babylon: and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel, had given; and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of TheIAM (Yahweh) his God (Elohim) on him. 7There went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinim, to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king. 8He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9For on the first [day] of the first month began he to go up from Babylon; and on the first [day] of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God (Elohim) on him. 10For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances. 11Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, even the scribe of the words of the commandments of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and of his statutes to Israel: 12Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God (Elah) of heaven, perfect and so forth. 13I make a decree, that all those of the people of Israel, and their priests and the Levites, in my realm, who are minded of their own free will to go to Jerusalem, go with you. 14Because you are sent of the king and his seven counselors, to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your God (Elah) which is in your hand, 15and to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God (Elah) of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem, 16and all the silver and gold that you shall find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God (Elah) which is in Jerusalem; 17therefore you shall with all diligence buy with this money bulls, rams, lambs, with their meal offerings and their drink offerings, and shall offer them on the altar of the house of your God (Elah) which is in Jerusalem. 18Whatever shall seem good to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, do that after the will of your God (Elah) . 19The vessels that are given to you for the service of the house of your God (Elah) , deliver before the God (Elah) of Jerusalem. 20Whatever more shall be needful for the house of your God (Elah) , which you shall have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house. 21I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers who are beyond the River, that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God (Elah) of heaven, shall require of you, it be done with all diligence, 22to one hundred talents of silver, and to one hundred measures of wheat, and to one hundred baths of wine, and to one hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much. 23Whatever is commanded by the God (Elah) of heaven, let it be done exactly for the house of the God (Elah) of heaven; for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons? 24Also we inform you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, the singers, porters, Nethinim, or servants of this house of God (Elah) , it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll, on them. 25You, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God (Elah) who is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges, who may judge all the people who are beyond the River, all such as know the laws of your God (Elah) ; and teach him who doesn't know them. 26Whoever will not do the law of your God (Elah) , and the law of the king, let judgment be executed on him with all diligence, whether it be to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment. 27Blessed be TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) which is in Jerusalem; 28and has extended loving kindness to me before the king, and his counselors, and before all the king's mighty princes. I was strengthened according to the hand of TheIAM (Yahweh) my God (Elohim) on me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.
25Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them, 26"If anyone comes to me, and doesn't disregard his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple. 27Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple. 28For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? 29Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him, 30saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.' 31Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace. 33So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple. 34Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him. 2The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them." 3He told them this parable. 4"Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? 5When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 7I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
Ooh isn’t it pretty? Well I like it anyway! More seriously the
colours can help you (just a little bit) if you have coloured ribbons as
dividers in your Bible to quickly get to the relevant section.