1TheIAM (Yahweh) said to Aaron, "You and your sons and your fathers' house with you shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary; and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood. 2Your brothers also, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, bring near with you, that they may be joined to you, and minister to you: but you and your sons with you shall be before the tent of the testimony. 3They shall keep your commands, and the duty of all the Tent: only they shall not come near to the vessels of the sanctuary and to the altar, that they not die, neither they, nor you. 4They shall be joined to you, and keep the responsibility of the Tent of Meeting, for all the service of the Tent: and a stranger shall not come near to you. 5"You shall perform the duty of the sanctuary, and the duty of the altar; that there be wrath no more on the children of Israel. 6I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are a gift, given to TheIAM (Yahweh) , to do the service of the Tent of Meeting. 7You and your sons with you shall keep your priesthood for everything of the altar, and for that within the veil; and you shall serve: I give you the priesthood as a service of gift: and the stranger who comes near shall be put to death." 8TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Aaron, "I, behold, I have given you the command of my wave offerings, even all the holy things of the children of Israel; to you have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to your sons, as a portion forever. 9This shall be yours of the most holy things, [reserved] from the fire: every offering of theirs, even every meal offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render to me, shall be most holy for you and for your sons. 10You shall eat of it like the most holy things. Every male shall eat of it. It shall be holy to you. 11"This is yours, too: the wave offering of their gift, even all the wave offerings of the children of Israel. I have given them to you, and to your sons and to your daughters with you, as a portion forever. Everyone who is clean in your house shall eat of it. 12"All the best of the oil, and all the best of the vintage, and of the grain, the first fruits of them which they give to TheIAM (Yahweh) , to you have I given them. 13The first-ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to TheIAM (Yahweh) , shall be yours; everyone who is clean in your house shall eat of it. 14"Everything devoted in Israel shall be yours. 15Everything that opens the womb, of all flesh which they offer to TheIAM (Yahweh) , both of man and animal shall be yours: nevertheless you shall surely redeem the firstborn of man, and you shall redeem the firstborn of unclean animals. 16You shall redeem those who are to be redeemed of them from a month old, according to your estimation, for five shekels of money, after the shekel of the sanctuary (the same is twenty gerahs). 17"But you shall not redeem the firstborn of a cow, or the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat. They are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar, and shall burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a pleasant aroma to TheIAM (Yahweh) . 18Their flesh shall be yours, as the wave offering breast and as the right thigh, it shall be yours. 19All the wave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to TheIAM (Yahweh) , have I given you, and your sons and your daughters with you, as a portion forever: it is a covenant of salt forever before TheIAM (Yahweh) to you and to your seed with you." 20TheIAM (Yahweh) said to Aaron, "You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel. 21"To the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the Tent of Meeting. 22Henceforth the children of Israel shall not come near the Tent of Meeting, lest they bear sin, and die. 23But the Levites shall do the service of the Tent of Meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations; and among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. 24For the tithe of the children of Israel, which they offer as a wave offering to TheIAM (Yahweh) , I have given to the Levites for an inheritance: therefore I have said to them, 'Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.'" 25TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 26"Moreover you shall speak to the Levites, and tell them, 'When you take of the children of Israel the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall offer up a wave offering of it for TheIAM (Yahweh) , a tithe of the tithe. 27Your wave offering shall be reckoned to you, as though it were the grain of the threshing floor, and as the fullness of the winepress. 28Thus you also shall offer a wave offering to TheIAM (Yahweh) of all your tithes, which you receive of the children of Israel; and of it you shall give TheIAM (Yahweh) 's wave offering to Aaron the priest. 29Out of all your gifts you shall offer every wave offering of TheIAM (Yahweh) , of all its best, even the holy part of it out of it.' 30"Therefore you shall tell them, 'When you heave its best from it, then it shall be reckoned to the Levites as the increase of the threshing floor, and as the increase of the winepress. 31You shall eat it in every place, you and your households: for it is your reward in return for your service in the Tent of Meeting. 32You shall bear no sin by reason of it, when you have heaved from it its best: and you shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, that you not die.'"
20Then Jeremiah said to all the people, to the men, and to the women, even to all the people who had given him an answer, saying, 21The incense that you burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, didn't TheIAM (Yahweh) remember them, and didn't it come into his mind? 22so that TheIAM (Yahweh) could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which you have committed; therefore your land has become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day. 23Because you have burned incense, and because you have sinned against TheIAM (Yahweh) , and have not obeyed the voice of TheIAM (Yahweh) , nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil has happened to you, as it is this day. 24Moreover Jeremiah said to all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) , all Judah who are in the land of Egypt: 25Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) of Armies, the God (Elohim) of Israel, saying, You and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and with your hands have fulfilled it, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of the sky, and to pour out drink offerings to her: establish then your vows, and perform your vows. 26Therefore hear the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) , all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by my great name, says TheIAM (Yahweh) , that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, As the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) lives. 27Behold, I watch over them for evil, and not for good; and all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them. 28Those who escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, few in number; and all the remnant of Judah, who have gone into the land of Egypt to live there, shall know whose word shall stand, mine, or theirs. 29This shall be the sign to you, says TheIAM (Yahweh) , that I will punish you in this place, that you may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil: 30Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) , Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of those who seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who was his enemy, and sought his life.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. 1God (Elohim) of my praise, don't remain silent, 2for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me. They have spoken to me with a lying tongue. 3They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause. 4In return for my love, they are my adversaries; but I am in prayer. 5They have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 6Set a wicked man over him. Let an adversary stand at his right hand. 7When he is judged, let him come forth guilty. Let his prayer be turned into sin. 8Let his days be few. Let another take his office. 9Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 10Let his children be wandering beggars. Let them be sought from their ruins. 11Let the creditor seize all that he has. Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor. 12Let there be none to extend kindness to him, neither let there be any to have pity on his fatherless children. 13Let his posterity be cut off. In the generation following let their name be blotted out. 14Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by TheIAM (Yahweh) . Don't let the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15Let them be before TheIAM (Yahweh) continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth; 16because he didn't remember to show kindness, but persecuted (Radaph) the poor and needy man, the broken in heart, to kill them. 17Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him. He didn't delight in blessing, and it was far from him. 18He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment. It came into his inward parts like water, like oil into his bones. 19Let it be to him as the clothing with which he covers himself, for the belt that is always around him. 20This is the reward of my adversaries from TheIAM (Yahweh) , of those who speak evil against my soul. 21But deal with me, TheIAM (Yahweh) the Lord (Adonai) , for your name's sake, because your loving kindness is good, deliver me; 22for I am poor and needy. My heart is wounded within me. 23I fade away like an evening shadow. I am shaken off like a locust. 24My knees are weak through fasting. My body is thin and lacks fat. 25I have also become a reproach to them. When they see me, they shake their head. 26Help me, TheIAM (Yahweh) , my God (Elohim) . Save me according to your loving kindness; 27that they may know that this is your hand; that you, TheIAM (Yahweh) , have done it. 28They may curse, but you bless. When they arise, they will be shamed, but your servant shall rejoice. 29Let my adversaries be clothed with dishonor. Let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe. 30I will give great thanks to TheIAM (Yahweh) with my mouth. Yes, I will praise him among the multitude. 31For he will stand at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who judge his soul.
12So although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be revealed in you in the sight of God. 13Therefore we have been comforted. In our comfort we rejoiced the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 14For if in anything I have boasted to him on your behalf, I was not disappointed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so our glorying also which I made before Titus was found to be truth. 15His affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembers all of your obedience, how with fear and trembling you received him. 16I rejoice that in everything I am confident concerning you.
1Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia; 2how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality. 3For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord, 4begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints. 5This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord (Kurios) , and to us through the will of God. 6So we urged Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace. 7But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love (Agape) to us, see that you also abound in this grace. 8I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love (Agape) . 9For you know the grace of our Lord (Kurios) Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich. 10I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing. 11But now complete the doing also, that as there was the readiness to be willing, so there may be the completion also out of your ability. 12For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have. 13For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed, 14but for equality. Your abundance at this present time supplies their lack, that their abundance also may become a supply for your lack; that there may be equality. 15As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."