1TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 2"Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them: 'When either man or woman shall make a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to TheIAM (Yahweh) , 3he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of fermented drink, neither shall he drink any juice of grapes, nor eat fresh grapes or dried. 4All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is made of the grapevine, from the seeds even to the skins. 5"'All the days of his vow of separation no razor shall come on his head, until the days are fulfilled, in which he separates himself to TheIAM (Yahweh) . He shall be holy. He shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow long. 6"'All the days that he separates himself to TheIAM (Yahweh) he shall not go near a dead body. 7He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die; because his separation to God (Elohim) is on his head. 8All the days of his separation he is holy to TheIAM (Yahweh) . 9"'If any man dies very suddenly beside him, and he defiles the head of his separation; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing. On the seventh day he shall shave it. 10On the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the door of the Tent of Meeting. 11The priest shall offer one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him, because he sinned by reason of the dead, and shall make his head holy that same day. 12He shall separate to TheIAM (Yahweh) the days of his separation, and shall bring a male lamb a year old for a trespass offering; but the former days shall be void, because his separation was defiled. 13"'This is the law of the Nazirite: when the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the Tent of Meeting, 14and he shall offer his offering to TheIAM (Yahweh) , one male lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings, 15and a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and their meal offering, and their drink offerings. 16The priest shall present them before TheIAM (Yahweh) , and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering. 17He shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings to TheIAM (Yahweh) , with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest shall offer also its meal offering, and its drink offering. 18The Nazirite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the Tent of Meeting, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings. 19The priest shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaved the head of his separation; 20and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before TheIAM (Yahweh) . This is holy for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is offered. After that the Nazirite may drink wine. 21"'This is the law of the Nazirite who vows, and of his offering to TheIAM (Yahweh) for his separation, besides that which he is able to get. According to his vow which he vows, so he must do after the law of his separation.'" 22TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 23"Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'This is how you shall bless the children of Israel.' You shall tell them, 24'TheIAM (Yahweh) bless you, and keep you. 25TheIAM (Yahweh) make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. 26TheIAM (Yahweh) lift up his face toward you, and give you peace.' 27"So they shall put my name on the children of Israel; and I will bless them."
5Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) : Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from TheIAM (Yahweh) . 6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited. 7Blessed is the man who trusts in TheIAM (Yahweh) , and whose trust TheIAM (Yahweh) is. 8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 9The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? 10I, TheIAM (Yahweh) , search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. 11As the partridge that sits on [eggs] which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches, and not by right; in the midst of his days they shall leave him, and at his end he shall be a fool. 12A glorious throne, [set] on high from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary. 13TheIAM (Yahweh) , the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be disappointed. Those who depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken TheIAM (Yahweh) , the spring of living waters. 14Heal me, O TheIAM (Yahweh) , and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for you are my praise. 15Behold, they tell me, Where is the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) ? let it come now. 16As for me, I have not hurried from being a shepherd after you; neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was before your face. 17Don't be a terror to me: you are my refuge in the day of evil. 18Let them be disappointed who persecute (Radaph) me, but let not me be disappointed; let them be dismayed, but don't let me be dismayed; bring on them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction. 19Thus said TheIAM (Yahweh) to me: Go, and stand in the gate of the children of the people, through which the kings of Judah come in, and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; 20and tell them, Hear the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) , you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates: 21Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) , Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; 22neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day holy, neither do any work: but make the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. 23But they didn't listen, neither turn their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction. 24It shall happen, if you diligently listen to me, says TheIAM (Yahweh) , to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but to make the Sabbath day holy, to do no work therein; 25then shall there enter in by the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall remain forever. 26They shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places around Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the lowland, and from the hill country, and from the South, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meal offerings, and frankincense, and bringing [sacrifices of] thanksgiving, to the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 27But if you will not listen to me to make the Sabbath day holy, and not to bear a burden and enter in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
1The word which came to Jeremiah from TheIAM (Yahweh) , saying, 2Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear my words. 3Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, he was making a work on the wheels. 4When the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5Then the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) came to me, saying, 6House of Israel, can't I do with you as this potter? says TheIAM (Yahweh) . Behold, as the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, house of Israel. 7At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it; 8if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.
[BOOK III] A Psalm by Asaph. 1Surely God (Elohim) is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2But as for me, my feet were almost gone. My steps had nearly slipped. 3For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4For there are no struggles in their death, but their strength is firm. 5They are free from burdens of men, neither are they plagued like other men. 6Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck. Violence covers them like a garment. 7Their eyes bulge with fat. Their minds pass the limits of conceit. 8They scoff and speak with malice. In arrogance, they threaten oppression. 9They have set their mouth in the heavens. Their tongue walks through the earth. 10Therefore their people return to them, and they drink up waters of abundance. 11They say, "How does God (El) know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?" 12Behold, these are the wicked. Being always at ease, they increase in riches. 13Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocence, 14For all day long have I been plagued, and punished every morning. 15If I had said, "I will speak thus;" behold, I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 16When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me; 17Until I entered God (El) 's sanctuary, and considered their latter end. 18Surely you set them in slippery places. You throw them down to destruction. 19How they are suddenly destroyed! They are completely swept away with terrors. 20As a dream when one wakes up, so, Lord (Adonai) , when you awake, you will despise their fantasies. 21For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart. 22I was so senseless and ignorant. I was a brute beast before you. 23Nevertheless, I am continually with you. You have held my right hand. 24You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25Who do I have in heaven? There is no one on earth who I desire besides you. 26My flesh and my heart fails, but God (Elohim) is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27For, behold, those who are far from you shall perish. You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you. 28But it is good for me to come close to God (Elohim) . I have made the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.
13Therefore let's not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother's way, or an occasion for falling. 14I know, and am persuaded in the Lord (Kurios) Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; except that to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15Yet if because of food your brother is grieved, you walk no longer in love (Agape) . Don't destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16Then don't let your good be slandered, 17for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19So then, let us follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up. 20Don't overthrow God's work for food's sake. All things indeed are clean, however it is evil for that man who creates a stumbling block by eating. 21It is good to not eat meat, drink wine, nor do anything by which your brother stumbles, is offended, or is made weak. 22Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who doesn't judge himself in that which he approves. 23But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it isn't of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin. 24Now to him who is able to establish you according to my Good News and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret through long ages, 25but now is revealed, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, is made known for obedience of faith to all the nations; 26to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
1Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, to be building him up. 3For even Christ didn't please himself. But, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me." 4For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through patience and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5Now the God of patience and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus, 6that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord (Kurios) Jesus Christ. 7Therefore accept one another, even as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God. 8Now I say that Christ has been made a servant of the circumcision for the truth of God, that he might confirm the promises given to the fathers, 9and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore will I give praise to you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name." 10Again he says, "Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people." 11Again, "Praise the Lord (Kurios) , all you Gentiles! Let all the peoples praise him." 12Again, Isaiah says, "There will be the root of Jesse, he who arises to rule over the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles will hope." 13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.