1 He also said to Moses: “Ascend to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders out of Israel, and adore from a distance.
2 And only Moses will ascend to the Lord, and these shall not approach. Neither shall the people ascend with him.”
3 Therefore, Moses went and explained to the people all the words of the Lord, as well as the judgments. And all the people responded with one voice: “We will do all the words of the Lord, which he has spoken.”
4 Then Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And rising up in the morning, he built an altar at the base of the mountain, with twelve titles according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
5 And he sent youths from the sons of Israel, and they offered holocausts, and they immolated calves as peace-offerings to the Lord.
6 And so Moses took one half part of the blood, and he put it into bowls. Then the remaining part he poured over the altar.
7 And taking up the book of the covenant, he read it in the hearing of the people, who said: “All that the Lord has spoken, we will do, and we will be obedient.”
8 In truth, taking up the blood, he sprinkled it on the people, and he said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has formed with you concerning all these words.”
9 And Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel ascended.
10 And they saw the God of Israel. And under his feet was something like a work of sapphire stone, or like the sky, when it is serene.
11 Neither did he lay his hand upon those of the sons of Israel who were at a distance. And they saw God, and they ate and drank.
12 Then the Lord said to Moses: “Ascend to me on the mountain, and be there. And I will give to you tablets of stone, and the law and the commandments that I have written. So may you teach them.”
13 Moses rose up, with Joshua his minister. And Moses, ascending on the mountain of God,
14 said to the elders: “Wait here, until we return to you. You have Aaron and Hur with you. If any question arises, you shall refer it to them.”
15 And when Moses had ascended, a cloud covered the mountain.
16 And the glory of the Lord dwelt upon Sinai, covering it with a cloud for six days. And on the seventh day, he called to him from the middle of the mist.
17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a burning fire over the summit of the mountain in the sight of the sons of Israel.
18 And Moses, entering into the midst of the cloud, ascended the mountain. And he was there for forty days and forty nights.
1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 Speak to the sons of Israel, so that they may take the first-fruits to me. You shall accept these from every man who offers of his own accord.
3 Now these are the things that you must accept: Gold, and silver, and brass,
4 hyacinth and purple, and twice-dyed scarlet, and fine linen, the hair of goats,
5 and the skins of rams, dyed red, and skins of violet, and setim wood,
6 oil to prepare lights, aromatics as ointments and sweet-smelling incense,
7 onyx stones and gems to adorn the ephod as well as the breastplate.
8 And they shall make a sanctuary for me, and I will live in their midst.
9 According to exact likeness of the tabernacle, and all of the vessels for its rituals, that I will reveal to you, so shall you make it.
10 Join together an ark of setim wood, whose length shall hold two and one half cubits; the width, one and one half cubits; the height, likewise, one and one half cubits.
11 And you shall overlay it with the finest gold, inside and out. And over it, you shall fashion a gold crown all around,
12 and four gold rings, which you shall set into the four corners of the ark. Let two rings be on one side and two on the other.
13 Likewise, you shall make bars of setim wood and cover them with gold.
14 And you shall put them through the rings that are in the sides of the ark, so that it may be carried on them.
15 These must always be in the rings, neither shall they ever be drawn out of them.
16 And you shall place the testimony, which I will give to you, in the ark.
17 You shall also make a propitiatory of the finest gold. Its length shall hold two and one half cubits, and the width, one and one half cubits.
18 Likewise, you shall make two Cherubim of formed gold, on both sides of the oracle.
19 Let one Cherub be on the one side, and the other be on the other.
20 And let them cover both sides of the propitiatory, spreading their wings and covering the oracle, and let them look out toward one another, their faces being turned toward the propitiatory, with which the ark is to be covered,
21 in which you will place the testimony that I will give to you.
22 From there, I will warn you and speak to you, above the propitiatory and from the middle of the two Cherubim, which will be over the ark of the testimony, about everything that I will command of the sons of Israel through you.
23 You shall also make a table of setim wood, having two cubits of length, and one cubit in width, and one cubit and one half cubits in height.
24 And you shall overlay it with the purest gold. And you shall make it with a gold lip all around,
25 and for the lip itself an engraved crown, four fingers high, and above it another little gold crown.
26 Likewise, you shall prepare four gold rings and set them in the four corners of the same table, over each foot.
27 Under the crown, there shall be gold rings, so that the bars may be put through them and the table may be carried.
28 Likewise, the bars themselves you shall make of setim wood, and surround them with gold, to lift up the table.
29 You shall also prepare small cups, as well as bowls, censers, and measuring cups, with which the libations shall be offered, out of the purest gold.
30 And you shall place upon the table the bread of the presence, in my sight always.
31 You shall also make a lampstand, formed from the finest gold, along with its stem and arms, its bowl and little spheres, as well as the lilies proceeding from it.
32 Six branches shall go out from the sides: three out of one side and three out of the other.
33 Three bowls, the size of nuts, shall be on each branch, and a little sphere with it, and a lily. And three similar bowls, in the likeness of nuts, shall be on the other branch, and a little sphere with it, and a lily. This shall be the form of the six branches, which are to proceed from the stem.
34 Then, in the lampstand itself, there shall be four bowls, the size of nuts, and each with little spheres and lilies.
35 Little spheres under two branches in three places, which together make six, shall proceed from one of the stems.
36 Thus both the little spheres and the branches shall be made out of the same thing: entirely formed from the purest gold.
37 You shall also make seven lamps, and you shall place them upon the lampstand, so that they may give light in every direction.
38 Likewise, the candle snuffers, and the place where the candles will be extinguished, shall be made from the purest gold.
39 The entire weight of the candlestick, with all its parts, shall hold one talent of the purest gold.
40 Observe, and then make it according to the example that was shown to you on the mountain.”
1 Thus says the Lord to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I hold, so that I may subjugate the nations before his face, and I may turn the backs of kings, and I may open the doors before him, and so that the gates will not be shut.
2 I will go before you. And I will humble the glorious ones of the earth. I will shatter the gates of brass, and I will break apart the bars of iron.
3 And I will give you hidden treasures and the knowledge of secret things, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls your name.
4 For the sake of Jacob, my servant, and Israel, my elect, I have even called you by your name. I have taken you up, and you have not known me.
5 I am the Lord, and there is no one else. There is no god beside me. I girded you, and you have not known me.
6 So may those who are from the rising of the sun, and those who are from its setting, know that there is no one beside me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create the darkness. I make peace and create disaster. I, the Lord, do all these things.
8 Send down dew from above, O heavens, and let the clouds rain down upon the just! Let the earth open and spring forth a savior! And let justice rise up at once! I, the Lord, have created him.
9 Woe to him who contradicts his Maker, a mere shard from an earthen vessel! Should the clay say to the potter, “What are you making?” or, “Your work is not made by your hands?”
10 Woe to him who says to his father, “Why did you conceive?” or to a woman, “Why did you give birth?”
11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, his Maker: Would you question me about the future, concerning my sons, and command me concerning the work of my hands?
12 I made the earth, and I created man upon it. My hand stretched out the heavens, and I have commanded all their hosts.
13 I have raised him up unto justice, and I will direct all his ways. He himself will build my city and release my captives, but not for ransom or gifts, says the Lord, the God of hosts.
14 Thus says the Lord: The labor of Egypt, and the business dealings of Ethiopia, and of the Sabeans, men of stature, will pass to you and will be yours. They will walk behind you. They will travel, bound in irons. And they will adore you and petition you: “In you alone is God, and there is no God apart from you.
15 Truly, you are a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Savior.”
16 They have all been confounded and should be ashamed! These fabricators of errors have departed together into confusion!
17 Israel is saved in the Lord by an eternal salvation. You will not be confounded, and you will not be ashamed, even forever and ever.
18 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, God himself who formed the earth and made it, the very Molder of it. He did not create it to no purpose. He formed it so that it would be inhabited. I am the Lord, and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth. I have not said to the offspring of Jacob, “Seek me in vain.” I am the Lord, who speaks justice, who announces what is right.
20 Assemble yourselves, and approach, and draw near together, you who have been saved among the Gentiles. They lack knowledge, who lift up the wood of their sculpture, and who petition a god unable to save.
21 Announce it, and approach, and consult together. Who has caused this to be heard from the beginning, and who has foretold it from that time? Is it not I, the Lord? And is there some other god beside me? I am a just God who saves, and there is no one except me.
22 All ends of the earth, be converted to me, and you will be saved. For I am God, and there is no other.
23 I have sworn by myself. The Word of justice will proceed from my mouth, and it will not turn back.
24 For every knee shall bend to me, and every tongue shall swear it.
25 Therefore, he will say, “In the Lord are my justices and my dominion.” They will go to him. And all who fight against him will be confounded.
26 In the Lord, all the offspring of Israel will be justified and praised.
1 A psalm for David. The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing.
2 He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment:
3 He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name’s sake.
4 For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me.
5 Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which inebriateth me, how goodly is it!
6 And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.
1 Then, when morning arrived, all the leaders of the priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, so that they might deliver him to death.
2 And they led him, bound, and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the procurator.
3 Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he had been condemned, regretting his conduct, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the leaders of the priests and the elders,
4 saying, “I have sinned in betraying just blood.” But they said to him: “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”
5 And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed. And going out, he hanged himself with a snare.
6 But the leaders of the priests, having taken up the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple offerings, because it is the price of blood.”
7 Then, having taken counsel, they bought the potter’s field with it, as a burying place for sojourners.
8 For this reason, that field is called Haceldama, that is, ‘The Field of Blood,’ even to this very day.
9 Then what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one being appraised, whom they appraised before the sons of Israel,
10 and they gave it for the potter’s field, just as the Lord appointed to me.”
11 Now Jesus stood before the procurator, and the procurator questioned him, saying, “You are the king of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “You are saying so.”
12 And when he was accused by the leaders of the priests and the elders, he responded nothing.
13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how much testimony they speak against you?”
14 And he did not respond any word to him, so that the procurator wondered greatly.
15 Now on the solemn day, the procurator was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whomever they wished.
16 And at that time, he had a notorious prisoner, who was called Barabbas.
17 Therefore, having been gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who is it that you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?”
18 For he knew that it was out of envy they had handed him over.