20Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel did so to the Levites. According to all that TheIAM (Yahweh) commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the children of Israel did to them. 21The Levites purified themselves from sin, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them for a wave offering before TheIAM (Yahweh) ; and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22After that, the Levites went in to do their service in the Tent of Meeting before Aaron, and before his sons: as TheIAM (Yahweh) had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them. 23TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 24"This is that which belongs to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall go in to wait on the service in the work of the Tent of Meeting; 25and from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting on the work, and shall serve no more, 26but shall minister with their brothers in the Tent of Meeting, to perform the duty, and shall do no service. You shall do thus to the Levites concerning their duties."
1TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2"Moreover let the children of Israel keep the Passover in its appointed season. 3On the fourteenth day of this month, at evening, you shall keep it in its appointed season - according to all its statutes, and according to all its ordinances, you shall keep it." 4Moses spoke to the children of Israel, that they should keep the Passover. 5They kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at evening, in the wilderness of Sinai. According to all that TheIAM (Yahweh) commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did. 6There were certain men, who were unclean because of the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day. 7Those men said to him, "We are unclean because of the dead body of a man. Why are we kept back, that we may not offer the offering of TheIAM (Yahweh) in its appointed season among the children of Israel?" 8Moses answered them, "Wait, that I may hear what TheIAM (Yahweh) will command concerning you."
32Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) of Armies, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great storm shall be raised up from the uttermost parts of the earth. 33The slain of TheIAM (Yahweh) shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground. 34Wail, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow [in ashes], you principal of the flock; for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are fully come, and you shall fall like a goodly vessel. 35The shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape. 36A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and the wailing of the principal of the flock! for TheIAM (Yahweh) lays waste their pasture. 37The peaceable folds are brought to silence because of the fierce anger of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 38He has left his covert, as the lion; for their land is become an astonishment because of the fierceness of the oppressing [sword], and because of his fierce anger.
1In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, came this word from TheIAM (Yahweh) , saying, 2Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) : Stand in the court of TheIAM (Yahweh) 's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in TheIAM (Yahweh) 's house, all the words that I command you to speak to them; don't diminish a word. 3It may be they will listen, and turn every man from his evil way; that I may repent me of the evil which I purpose to do to them because of the evil of their doings. 4You shall tell them, Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) : If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, 5to listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I send to you, even rising up early and sending them, but you have not listened; 6then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth. 7The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 8It happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that TheIAM (Yahweh) had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold on him, saying, You shall surely die. 9Why have you prophesied in the name of TheIAM (Yahweh) , saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant? All the people were gathered to Jeremiah in the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 10When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) ; and they sat in the entry of the new gate of TheIAM (Yahweh) 's [house]. 11Then spoke the priests and the prophets to the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy of death; for he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears. 12Then spoke Jeremiah to all the princes and to all the people, saying, TheIAM (Yahweh) sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard. 13Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) ; and TheIAM (Yahweh) will repent him of the evil that he has pronounced against you. 14But as for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as is good and right in your eyes. 15Only know for certain that, if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city, and on its inhabitants; for of a truth TheIAM (Yahweh) has sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears. 16Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and to the prophets: This man is not worthy of death; for he has spoken to us in the name of TheIAM (Yahweh) our God (Elohim) . 17Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying, 18Micah the Morashtite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah; and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) of Armies: Zion shall be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. By Asaph. 1Sing aloud to God (Elohim) , our strength! Make a joyful shout to the God (Elohim) of Jacob! 2Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant lyre with the harp. 3Blow the trumpet at the New Moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. 4For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God (Elohim) of Jacob. 5He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out over the land of Egypt, I heard a language that I didn't know. 6"I removed his shoulder from the burden. His hands were freed from the basket. 7You called in trouble, and I delivered you. I answered you in the secret place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah." Selah. 8"Hear, my people, and I will testify to you, Israel, if you would listen to me! 9There shall be no strange god (El) in you, neither shall you worship any foreign god (El) . 10I am TheIAM (Yahweh) , your God (Elohim) , who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11But my people didn't listen to my voice. Israel desired none of me. 12So I let them go after the stubbornness of their hearts, that they might walk in their own counsels. 13Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! 14I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries. 15The haters of TheIAM (Yahweh) would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. 16But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat. I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock."
A Psalm by Asaph.
12"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are expedient. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be brought under the power of anything. 13"Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods," but God will bring to nothing both it and them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord (Kurios) ; and the Lord (Kurios) for the body. 14Now God raised up the Lord (Kurios) , and will also raise us up by his power. 15Don't you know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16Or don't you know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body? For, "The two," says he, "will become one flesh." 17But he who is joined to the Lord (Kurios) is one spirit. 18Flee sexual immorality! "Every sin that a man does is outside the body," but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
1Now concerning the things about which you wrote to me: it is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband render to his wife the affection owed her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4The wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but the husband. Likewise also the husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but the wife. 5Don't deprive one another, unless it is by consent for a season, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and may be together again, that Satan doesn't tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment. 7Yet I wish that all men were like me. However each man has his own gift from God, one of this kind, and another of that kind. 8But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I am. 9But if they don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn. 10But to the married I command - not I, but the Lord (Kurios) - that the wife not leave her husband 11(but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband not leave his wife.