Weekly Torah Readings: Shoftim

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Shoftim

Judges and Officers

16:18. You will appoint Judges and officers for yourself in all your gates which the LORD* your God gives you throughout your tribes, and they will judge the people with just judgment. 19. You will not twist judgment. You will not respect persons or take a gift, for a gift blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. 20. You will follow that which is altogether just so you can live and inherit the land which the LORD* your God gives you. Continue reading

Weekly Torah Readings: R’eh

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

R’eh

Blessing and Curse

11:26. “Behold! I AM setting before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27. a blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD* your God, which I command you this day 28. and a curse, if you will not obey the commandments of the LORD* your God, but turn aside out of the Way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you have not known. 29. And it will be, when the LORD* your God has brought you in to the land where you are going to possess it, that you will put the blessing upon Mount Gerizim, and the curse upon Mount Ebal. Continue reading

Weekly Torah Readings: Ekev

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Ekev

7:12. “Therefore it will be because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them that the LORD* your God will keep the covenant and the loving kindness for you which He swore to your fathers, 13. and He will love you and bless you and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your land, your grain and your wine, and your oil, the increase of your cows, and the multiplication of your sheep, in the land which He swore to your fathers to give you. 14. You will be blessed above all people: there will not be male or female barren among your cattle. 15. And the LORD* will take away from you all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, upon you, but will lay them upon all who hate you.

7:16. “And you will consume all the peoples that the LORD* your God will deliver to you. Your eye will have no pity upon them, neither will you serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you. 17. If you will say in your heart, ‘These nations are more than I, how can I dispossess them?’ 18. You will not be afraid of them, but will well remember what the LORD* your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt;

19. the great temptations which your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm whereby the LORD* your God brought you out: so will the LORD* your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. 20. Moreover the LORD* your God will send the hornet (Exod. 7:20, Josh. 24:12) among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. 21. You will not be afraid of them, for the LORD* your God is among you, a mighty and awesome God. 22. And the LORD* your God will put out those nations before you little by little. You may not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon you. 23. But the LORD* your God will deliver them to you and will destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they are destroyed. 24. And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their names from under heaven: no man will be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them. 25. You will burn the graven images of their gods with fire. You will not desire the silver or gold on them, or take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by them, for it is an abomination to the LORD* your God. 26. Neither will you bring an abomination into your house, lest you become a cursed thing like it, but you will utterly detest it and you will utterly abhor it, for it is a cursed thing.”

Do All the Commandments

8.1. “You will observe all the commandments which I command you this day to do them, so you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD* swore to your fathers. 2. And you will remember all the Way which the LORD* your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commandments. 3. And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you had not known, neither did your fathers know, so He could make you know that man does not live by bread alone, (Luke 4:4) but man lives by everything that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD*. (Matt. 4:4) 4. Your clothes did not wear out upon you; neither did your foot swell these forty years. 5. You will also consider in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD* your God disciplines you. 6. Therefore you will keep the commandments of the LORD* your God, to walk in His Ways and to revere Him. 7. For the LORD* your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; 8. a land of wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey; 9. a land in which you will eat bread without scarceness. You will not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig bronze. 10. When you have eaten and are full, then you will bless the LORD* your God for the good land which He has given you. 11. Beware for yourself that you do not forget the LORD* your God, by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes, which I command you this day 12. lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses and lived in them; 13. and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14. then your heart will be lifted up and you forget the LORD* your God, Who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, 15. Who led you through that great and awesome wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water, Who brought forth water for you out of the rock of flint; 16. Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, so He could humble you, and so He could prove you, to do you good at your latter end, 17. and you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth. 18. But you will remember the LORD* your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, so He can establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

8:19. “And it will be, if you do at all forget the LORD* your God and walk after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you will surely perish. 20. Like the nations that the LORD* destroys before your face, so you will perish because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD* your God.”

Cross the Jordan Today!

9.1. “Listen! Obey, O Israel! You are to cross the Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, 2. a people great and tall, the children of the giants, whom you know and of whom you have heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak? 3. Understand therefore this day that the LORD* your God is He Who Goes Over Before You. He will destroy them like a consuming fire, (Heb. 12:29) and He will bring them down before your face so you will drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the LORD* has said to you. 4. Do not say in your heart, after the LORD* your God has cast them out from before you saying, ‘The LORD* has brought me in to possess this land because of my acts of loving kindness,’ and the LORD* drives them out from before you because of the wickedness of these nations. 5. It is not for your acts of loving kindness, or for the uprightness of your heart, that you go to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations. The LORD* your God drives them out from before you, and so He can perform the word which the LORD* swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6. Understand therefore, that the LORD* your God does not give you this good land to possess it because of your acts of loving kindness, for you are a stiff-necked people. 7. Remember! Do not forget how you provoked the LORD* your God to anger! In the wilderness from the day that you left the land of Egypt, until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD*. 8. Also in Horeb you provoked the LORD* to anger, so that the LORD* was so angry with you as to have destroyed you. 9. When I was up on the mountain to take the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the LORD* made with you, and I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights, I neither ate bread nor drank water 10. and the LORD* delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them was written according to all the words which the LORD* spoke with you in the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly 11. and it was at the end of forty days and forty nights, the LORD* gave me two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.

9:12. “And the LORD* said to me, ‘Rise! Come down quickly from here for your people that you have brought out of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have quickly turned aside from the Way which I commanded them; they have made a molten image for themselves.’ 13. Furthermore the LORD* spoke to. me saying, ‘I have seen this people and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people: 14. let Me alone, so I can destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven and I shall make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’

9:15. “So I turned and came down from the mountain and the mountain burned with fire, and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. 16. And I looked and, behold, you had sinned against the LORD* your God, making a molten calf for yourselves: you had turned aside quickly from the Way which the LORD* had commanded you. 17. And I took the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. 18. Then I fell down before the LORD*, as at the first, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sins which you sinned in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD*, to provoke Him to anger. 19. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD* was angry against you to destroy you. But the LORD* hearkened to me at that time also. 20. And the LORD* was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him, and I prayed for Aaron also the same time. 21. And I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and stamped it, grinding it very small, until it was as small as dust, and I cast the dust of it into the brook that descended out of the mountain. 22. And at Taberah, at Massah, and at Kibrot Hattaavah, you provoked the LORD* to anger. 23. Likewise when the LORD* sent you from Kadesh Barnea saying, ‘Go up! Possess the land which I have given you!’ Then you rebelled against the commandment of the LORD* your God and you did not believe Him, or heed His voice. 24. You have been rebellious against the LORD* from the day that I knew you. 25. Thus I fell down before the LORD* forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first, because the LORD* had said He would destroy you. 26. I prayed therefore to the LORD* and said, LORD* God, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, which You have brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27. Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! Do not look to the stubbornness of this people, or to their wickedness, or to their sin! 28. Lest the land from which you brought us says, ‘Because the LORD* was not able to bring them into the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.’ 29. Yet they are Your people and Your inheritance that You  brought out by Your mighty power and by your outstretched arm.”

Second Set of Statements

10.1. “At that time the LORD* said to me, ‘Hew for yourself two tablets of stone like the first and come up to Me on the mountain and make an Ark of wood for yourself. 2. And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you have broken and you will put them in the Ark.’ 3. And I made an Ark of acacia wood and hewed two stone tablets like the first and went up on the mountain, having the two tablets in my hand. 4. And He wrote on the tablets, according to the first writing, the ten statements, which the LORD* spoke to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly: and the LORD* gave them to me. 5. And I turned myself and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the Ark which I had made, and there they are, as the LORD* commanded me.

10:6. “And the children of Israel journeyed from Beerot of the children of Jaakan to Moserah. Aaron died there and was buried there, and Elazar his son ministered in the priest’s office in his stead. 7. From there they journeyed to Gudgodah and from Gudgodah to Jotbah, a land of rivers of water. 8. At that time the LORD* separated the tribe of Levi to bear the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD*, to stand before the LORD* to minister to Him and to bless in His name to this day. 9. Therefore Levi has no part or inheritance with his brothers; the LORD* is his inheritance, according as the LORD* your God spoke to him. 10. And I stayed on the mountain, like the first time, forty days and forty nights and the LORD* listened to me at that time also, and the LORD* would not destroy you. 11. And the LORD* said to me, ‘Arise, take your journey before the people, so they can come in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them.’”

What Does God Require?

10:12. “And now, Israel, what does the LORD* your God ask of you, but to revere the LORD* your God, to walk in all His Ways, to love Him, and to serve the LORD* your God with all your heart and with your entire being, 13. to keep the commandments of the LORD* and His statutes, which I command you this day for your good? (Mic. 6:8) 14. Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens are the LORD’s*; your God, the earth also, with all that is in it. 15. Only the LORD* had a delight in your fathers to love them and He chose their seed after them, above all people, as at this day. 16. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and no longer be stiff necked. 17. For the LORD* your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, (Rev. 19:16) a great, a mighty, and an awesome God, Who does not show favoritism or take a bribe, (Rom. 2:11, Col. 3:25, Rev. 17:14) 18. executing judgment for the fatherless and widow, and loving the stranger, in giving him food and clothing. 19. Therefore you will love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 20. You will revere the LORD* your God. You will serve Him and you will cleave to Him and swear by His name. 21. He is your praise and He is your God, Who has done these great and awesome things for you, which your eyes have seen. 22. Your fathers went down to Egypt with seventy people and now the LORD* your God has made you as the stars of heaven for multitude.”

Love the LORD* Your God

11.1. “Therefore you will always love the LORD* your God and keep His ordinances, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments. 2. And know this day, it is your children who have not known and who have not seen the chastisement of the LORD* your God, His greatness, His mighty hand, and His outstretched arm, 3. His miracles and His acts, which He did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land: 4. and what He did to the army of Egypt, to its horses and to its chariots, how He made the water of the Reed Sea to overflow them as they pursued after you and the LORD* has destroyed them to this day: 5. and what He did for you in the wilderness until you came to this place: 6. and what He did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up them, their households, their tents, and all the substance at their feet, in the midst of all Israel: 7. but your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD* which He did. 8. Therefore you will keep all the commandments which I command you this day, so you can be strong and come in and possess the land which you are crossing to possess: 9. and so you can prolong your days in the land, which the LORD* swore to your fathers to give to them and to their seed, a land that flows with milk and honey.”

Promised Land

11:10. “For the land where you are going in to possess it is not like the land of Egypt from where you came out, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your foot, like a garden of herbs, 11.  but the land where you are passing through to possess it is a land of hills and valleys and it drinks water with the rain of heaven, 12. aland which the LORD* your God cares for. The eyes of the LORD* your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year.”

Sh’ma, Part 2

11:13. “And it will be, if you will listen diligently to My commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD* your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with your entire being, 14. that I shall give you the rain of your land in its due season, the first rain and the latter rain, so you can gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil. 15. And I will provide grass in your fields for your cattle so you can eat and be full. 16. Take heed to yourselves, so your heart will not be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.”

11:17. “Then the LORD’s* wrath would be kindled against you and He would shut up the heavens so there would be no rain, and so the land would not yield its fruit, and you would perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD* gives you.

11:18. “Therefore you will lay up these my words in your heart and in your inner being, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, so they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19. And you will teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20. And you will write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates, 21. so your days and the days of your children will be multiplied in the land which the LORD* swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”

If You Obey the Sh’ma

11:22. “For if you will diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them; to love the LORD* your God, to walk in all His Ways and to cleave to Him, 23. then the LORD* will drive out all these nations from before you and you will possess nations greater and mightier than yourselves. 24. Every place on which the soles of your feet tread will be yours, from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even to the western sea will your border be. 25. Therefore no man will be able to stand before you. The LORD* your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you will tread upon, as He has said to you.”

Next week’s Torah readings: R’eh

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Va’etchanan

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Va’ethanan

3:23. “And I implored the LORD* at that time saying, 24. ‘LORD* God, You have begun to show Your greatness and Your mighty hand to Your servant, for what god is in heaven or on earth that can do according to Your words and according to Your might? 25. Ipray You, let me go over and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that goodly mountain and Lebanon.’ 26. But the LORD* ignored, passed by, my plea for your sake and would not hear me. And the LORD* said to me, ‘Let it be enough for you! Speak no more to Me of this matter. 27. Get up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward, northward, southward, and eastward and behold with your eyes, for you will not go over this Jordan. 28. But charge Joshua, encourage him and strengthen him, for he will go over before this people and he will cause them to inherit the land, which you will see.’

3:29. “So we Stayed in the valley over against Beit-Peor.”

Moses Summarizes the Commandments

4.1. “Now therefore listen, O Israel, to the statutes and to the judgments, which I am teaching you, to do them, so you will live and go in and possess the land which the LORD* God of your fathers gives you. 2. You will not add to the word which I command you, neither will you take anything from it, so you can keep the commandments of the LORD* your God which I command you. (Rev. 22:19) 3. Your eyes have seen what the LORD* did because of Baal-Peor, for all the men who followed Baal-Peor, the LORD* your God has destroyed them from among you. 4. But you who grasped the LORD* your God are alive, everyone of you this day. 5. Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD* my God commanded me, that you should do so in the land where you go to possess it.

6. Therefore keep and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the eyes of the peoples that will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 7. For what nation is there so great that God is so near to them, as the LORD* our God is in all things that we call upon Him for?’ 8. And what nation is there so great that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this Torah, which I AM giving you this day? 9. Only take heed to yourself and keep your inner beings diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life, but make them known to your sons and your sons’ sons. 10. The day that you stood before the LORD* your God in Horeb, when the LORD* said to me, ‘Gather the people together for Me and I shall make them hear My words so they can learn to revere Me all the days that they will live upon the earth, and so they can teach their children.’ 11. And you came near and stood under the mountain and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. 12. And the LORD* spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no other person, only a voice.

4:13. “And He declared to you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, ten statements, and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14. And the LORD* commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, so you could do them in the land where you go to possess it. 15. Therefore take good heed to yourselves, for you saw no manner of a person or figure on the day the LORD* spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 16. lest you corrupt yourselves, and make for yourselves a graven image, the likeness of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17. the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air, 18. the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth, 19. and lest you lift up your eyes to heaven and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, and are led astray to worship them and serve them, which the LORD* your God has divided to all people under the whole heaven. 20. But the LORD* has taken you and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be to Him a people of inheritance, as you are this day. 21. Furthermore the LORD* was angry with me for your sake and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in to that good land, which the LORD* your God gives you for an inheritance, 22. but I must die in this land. I must not go over the Jordan, but you will go over and possess that good land. 23. Be careful for yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD* your God, which He made with you and you make a graven image, the likeness of anything, which the LORD* your God has forbidden you. 24. For the LORD* your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Heb. 12:29)

4:25. “When you beget children and children’s children and you have remained long in the land and corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, the likeness of anything, and do evil in the sight of the LORD* your God, to provoke Him to anger, 26. I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from off the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You will not prolong your days upon it, but will be utterly destroyed. 27. And the LORD* will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD* will lead you. 28. And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29. But if from there you will seek the LORD* your God, you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with your whole being. 30. When you are in tribulation and all these things have come upon you in the latter days, if you turn to the LORD* your God, and are obedient to His voice, 31. for the LORD* your God is a compassionate God, He will not forsake you or destroy you or forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

4:32. “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven to the other, whether there has been any such thing as this great thing is, or has been heard like it? 33. Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? 34. Or has God attempted to take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand, by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD* your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35. It was shown to you so you would know that the LORD*, He is God. There is no one else besides Him. 36. He made you to hear His voice out from heaven so He could instruct you, and upon earth He showed you His great fire and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. 37. And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their seed after them and in His sight He brought you out from Egypt with His mighty power 38. to drive out nations from before you, greater and mightier than you are, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance as it is this day. 39. Know therefore this day and consider it in your heart, that the LORD* He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath. There is no other. 40. Therefore you will keep His statutes and His commandments, which I command you this day, so it will go well with you and with your children after you, and that you will prolong your days upon the earth, which the LORD* your God gives you forever.

Three Cities of Refuge in the East

4:41. Then Moses set apart three cities on the east side of the Jordan toward the sunrising 42. so the slayer could flee there, who kills his neighbor unawares and did not hate him in times past, and that fleeing to one of these cities he might live:

43. Bezer in the wilderness in the plain country of the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead of the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan of the Manassites.”

4:44. And this is the teaching which Moses set before the children of Israel.

45. These are the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spoke to the children of Israel after they came out of Egypt 46. on this side of the Jordan, in the valley over against Beit-Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel struck after they had come out of Egypt, 47. and they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, who were on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrising, 48. from Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even to Mount Sion, which is Hermon, 49. and all the plain on this side of the Jordan eastward, even to the sea of the plain under the slopes of Pisgah.

Resuming the Commandments

5.1. And Moses called all Israel and said to them, “Listen! Obey, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day so you can learn them and keep and do them! 2. The LORD* our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3. The LORD* did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 4. The LORD* talked with you face to face on the mountain out of the midst of the fire. 5. I was standing between the LORD* and you at that time, to tell you the Word of the LORD*, for you were afraid by reason of the fire, and did not go up on the mountain. He was saying,

The Ten Statements

5:6. “I AM the LORD* your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

5:7. “You will have no other gods before Me.

5:8. “You will not make for yourself any carved or molded image, or any likeness of anything that is in the sky above, or that is in the earth below, or that is in the waters beneath the earth.

5:9. “You will not bow down yourself to them, or serve them, for I AM the LORD* your God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, 10. and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

5:11. “You will not take the name of the LORD* your God in vain, for the LORD* will not hold guiltless who takes His name in vain.

5:12. “Keep the Sabbath to sanctify it, as the LORD* your God has commanded you. 13. Six days you will labor and do all your work, 14. but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD* your God, you will not do any work, you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your ox, your donkey, any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, so your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you. 15. And remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD* your God brought you out from there through a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD* your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

5:16. “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD* your God has commanded you, so your days may be prolonged and so it may go well with you in the land which the LORD* your God gives you. (Eph. 6:3)

5:17. “You will not murder.

“Neither will you commit adultery.

“Neither will you steal:

“Neither will you bear false witness against your neighbor.

5:18. “Neither will you desire your neighbor’s wife, nor will you covet your neighbor’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

5:19. “The LORD* spoke these words to all your assembly in the mountain out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness with a great voice, and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and delivered them to me.

5:20. “And it was, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain burned with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders 21. and you said, ‘Behold, the LORD* our God has shown us His glory and His greatness and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God does talk with man, and he lives. 22. Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us if we hear the voice of the LORD* our God any more, then we will die. 23. For who is there of all flesh, who has heard the voice of the Living God speaking out of the midst of the fire as we have, and lived? 24. Go near and hear all that the LORD* our God will say and speak to us everything that the LORD* our God will speak to you and we will hear it and do it.’

5:25. “And the LORD* heard the sound of your words when you spoke to me and the LORD* said to me, ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken to you: they have well said all that they have spoken. 26. Othat there were such a heart in them that they would revere Me and keep all My commandments always, so it would be well with them and with their children forever. 27. Go! Say to them, “Get into your tents again!” 28. But as for you, stand here by Me and I shall speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which you will teach them, so they may do them in the land which I AM giving them to possess. 29. You will observe to do therefore as the LORD* your God has commanded you: you will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 30. You will walk in all the Ways which the LORD* your God has commanded you, so you can live and that it may be well with you and you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.’”

Commandments, Statutes, and Judgments

6.1. “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD* Your God commanded to teach you, so you would do them in the land where you go to possess it, 2. so you would revere the LORD* your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command you: you, your son, and your son’s son, all the days of your life and so your days may be prolonged. 3. Therefore hear, O Israel and observe to do it, so it may be well with you, and so you may increase mightily as the LORD* God of your fathers has promised you in the land that flows with milk and honey.”

The Sh’ma

6:4. “Listen! Obey, O Israel! The LORD* is our God! The LORD* is One!

5. And you will love the LORD* your God with all your heart, with your very being, and with all your might. (Matt. 22:37, Mark 12:33, Luke 10:27) 6. And these words, which I am commanding you this day, will be in your heart 7. and you will teach them diligently to your children, and you will talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8. And you will bind them as a sign upon your hand (Pro. 7:3), and they will be as frontlets between your eyes. 9. And you will write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

6:10. “And it will be, when the LORD* your God has brought you into the land which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob to give you great and good cities which you did not build, 11. and houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, and wells dug, which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees, which you did not plant. When you have eaten and are full, 12. watch out for yourselves so you do not forget the LORD*, Who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13. You will revere the LORD* your God, serve Him, and will swear by His name. (Matt. 4:10, Luke 4:8) 14. You will not go after other gods, of the gods of the people that are all around you, 15. for the LORD* your God is a jealous God among you, or the anger of the LORD* your God will be kindled against you and destroy you from off the face of the earth.

6:16. “You will not tempt the LORD* your God, (Matt. 4:7, Luke 4:12) as you tempted Him in Massah. (Exod. 17:7) 17. You will diligently keep the commandments of the LORD* your God, His testimonies, and His statutes, which He has commanded you. 18. And you will do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD*, so it will be well with you and so you can go in and possess the good land which the LORD* swore to your fathers, 19. to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD* has spoken.

6:20. “And when your son asks you in time to come saying, “What are the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD* our God has commanded you? 21. Then you will say to your son, we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and the LORD* brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand, 22. and the LORD* showed signs and wonders, great and bad upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household before our eyes. 23. And He brought us out from there, so He could bring us in to give us the land which He swore to our fathers. 24. And the LORD* commanded us to do all these statutes, to revere the LORD* our God for our good always, so He could preserve us alive, as it is at this day. 25. And it will be our acts of loving kindness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD* our God, as He has commanded us.”

Deal With Your Conquered Foes

7.1. “When the LORD* your God brings you into the land where you are going to possess it and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittite, the Gergashite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than you, 2. and when the LORD* your God delivers them before you and you strike them, utterly destroying them, you will make no covenant with them or show them favor. 3. Neither will you make marriages with them! You will not give your daughter to his son, nor will you take his daughter for your son. 4. For they will turn away your son from following Me so they may serve other gods, so the anger of the LORD* will be kindled against you and destroy you suddenly. 5. But this is how you will deal with them: you will destroy their altars, break down their images, cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. 6. For you are a holy people to the LORD* your God. The LORD* your God has chosen you to be special people for Himself, above all the people that are on the face of the earth.

7. The LORD* did not set His love upon you, nor choose you because you were more in number than any people, for you were the fewest of all people, 8. but because the LORD* loved you and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn to your fathers, the LORD* has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9. Know therefore that the LORD* is your God! He is God, the Faithful God Who keeps covenant and loving kindness with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations 10. and repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack to the one who hates Him, He will repay him to his face. 11. Therefore you will keep the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which I command you this day, to do them.”

Next week’s Torah readings: Eikev

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: D’varim

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

D’varim

The Last Two Months in the Wilderness

1.1. These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on the east side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Reed Sea between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hatserot, and Di Zahav. 2. It is an eleven days journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. 3. And it was in the fortieth year in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, he spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the LORD* had given him in commandment to them, 4. after he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites who lived in Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan who lived at Ashtarot in Edrei 5. on this side of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses began to declare this teaching saying,

1:6. “The LORD* our God spoke to us in Horeb saying, ‘You have stayed long enough on this mountain, 7. turn and take your journey and go to the mountain of the Amorites, and to everywhere near it in the plain, in the hills, in the valley, in the south, and by the seaside to the land of the Canaanites, to Lebanon, to the great river, the river Euphrates. 8. Look, I have set the land before you: Go in! Possess the land which the LORD* swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them and to their seed after them!’

1:9. “And I spoke to you at that time saying, ‘I am not able to bear you myself alone. 10. The LORD* your God has multiplied you and, behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven for multitude. (Heb. 11:12) 11. May the LORD* God of your fathers make you a thousand times as many more as you are and bless you, as He has promised you! 12. How can I myself alone bear your great number, your burden, and your strife! 13. Take for yourselves wise, understanding men known among your tribes and I shall make them leaders over you.’

1:14. “And you answered me and said, ‘The thing which you have spoken is good for us to do.’

1:15. “So I took the chiefs of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, captains over hundreds, captains over fifties, captains over tens, and officers among your tribes. 16. And I charged your judges at that time saying, Hear the causes between your brothers and judge righteously between a man and his brother and the stranger that is with him. 17. You will not show favoritism in judgment, but you will hear the small as well as the great. You will not be afraid of the face of any man, for the judgment is God’s, and bring to me the cause that is too hard for you and I shall hear it. 18. And I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do.

1:19. “And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and dreadful wilderness, which you saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD* our God commanded us and we came to Kadesh Barnea. 20. And I said to you, You have come to the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD* our God gives to us. 21. Behold, the LORD* your God has set the land before you. Go up! Possess it! As the LORD* God of your fathers has said to you, ‘Do not be in awe! Do not be dismayed!’

1:22. “And you came near to me, every one of you, and said, ‘We will send men before us and they will search out the land and bring us word again by what way we must go up and into what cities we will come.’ 23. And the saying pleased me and I took twelve of your men, one from a tribe. 24. And they turned and went up into the mountain and came to the valley of Eshkol and spied it out. 25. And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us and brought us word again and said, ‘It is good land which the LORD* our God gives to us.’ 26. Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD* your God 27. and you murmured in your tents and said, “Because the LORD* hated us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us. 28. Where will we go? Our brothers have discouraged our heart saying, ‘The people is greater and taller than we, the cities are great and walled up to heaven, and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.’ 29. Then I said to you, ‘Do not dread or be afraid of them. 30. The LORD* your God Who goes before you, He will fight for you (Exod. 14:14, Deut. 3:22), according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31. and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD* your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came into this place.’ 32. Yet in this thing you did not believe the LORD* your God, 33. Who went on the way before you, to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, in fire by night to show you by what way you should go, and in a cloud by day.

1:34. “And the LORD* heard the sound of your words and was angry and swore saying, 35. ‘Surely there will not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I swore to give your fathers, 36. except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, he will see it and I shall give the land that he has walked on to him and to his children because he has wholly followed the LORD*.’ 37. Also the LORD* was angry with me for your sake saying, “You also will not go in there. 38. Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he will go there. Encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it. 39. Moreover your little ones that you said would be a prey and your children, who in that day had no knowledge between good and bad, they will go in there and I shall give it to them, and they will possess it. 40. But as for you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Reed Sea.’

1:41. “Then you answered and said to me, ‘We have sinned against the LORD*, we will go up and fight according to all that the LORD* our God commanded us.’ And when each man had girded on his weapons of war, you endeavored to go up the hill.

1:42. “And the LORD* said to me, ‘Say to them, Do not go up or fight, for I am not among you, lest you be struck before your enemies.’ 43. So I spoke to you and you would not listen, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD* and went presumptuously up the hill. 44. And the Amorites who lived on that mountain came out against you and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even to Harmah. 45. And you returned and wept before the LORD*, but the LORD* would not hearken to your voice, or give ear to you. 46. So you stayed in Kadesh many days, according to the days that you lived there.”

2.1. “Then we turned and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Reed Sea as the LORD* had spoken to me, and we stayed around Mount Seir many days.

2:2. “And the LORD* spoke to me saying, 3. ‘You have stayed around this mountain long enough! Turn northward! 4. And command the people saying, You are to cross the border of your brothers the children of Esau who live in Seir, and they will be afraid of you. Therefore be careful for yourselves. 5. Do not challenge or provoke them! I shall not give you any of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth because I have given Mount Seir to Esau for a possession. 6. You will buy meat from them for money, so you can eat, and you will also buy water from them for money, so you can drink. 7. For the LORD* your God has blessed you in all the works of your hand, He knows your walking through this great wilderness, you have lacked nothing these forty years. The LORD* your God has been with you.’ 8. And we passed by from our brothers the children of Esau, who lived in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elat and from Ezion Gever.

“And we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.  9. And the LORD* said to me, ‘Do not disturb the Moabites! Do not stir up a war with them! For I shall not give you any of their land for a possession because I have given Ar to the children of Lot for a possession.’ 10. The Emim lived there in times past, a people great and many and tall like the Anakim. 11. They also were called Rephaim like the Anakim, but the Moabites called them Emim. 12. The Horites also lived in Seir earlier, but the children of Esau succeeded them when they destroyed them from before them, and lived in their place, as Israel did to the land of his possession, which the LORD* gave to them. 13. Now rise up I said, and cross the brook Zered.’

“And we went over the brook Zered. 14. And the days in which we came from Kadesh Barnea, until we had come over the brook Zered, were thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war had been consumed from among the army, as the LORD* swore to them. 15. For indeed the hand of the LORD* was against them, to destroy them from among the army, until they had been consumed.

2:16. “So it happened, when all the men of war had been consumed from among the people and were dead, 17. that the LORD* spoke to me saying, 18. ‘You are this day to cross the border of Moab with Ar. 19. And when you come near against the children of Ammon, do not distress them! Do not stir war with them! For I shall not give you any of the land of the children of Ammon for a possession because I have given it to the children of Lot for a possession.’ 20. (That also was called a land of Rephaim. Rephaim lived there earlier and the Ammonites called them Zamzummim, 21. a people great and numerous, and tall, like the Anakim, but the LORD* destroyed them before them. They succeeded them and lived in their stead, 22. as He did for the children of Esau, who lived in Seir, when He destroyed the Horim from before them and they succeeded them and stayed in their stead even to this day. 23. And the Avim who lived in Hazerim, to Gaza the Kaftorim, who came out of Kaftor, destroyed them and stayed in their stead.)”

Heshbon Conquered

2:24. “Get up! Take your journey and cross the river Arnon. Behold, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon and his land. Begin to possess and contend with him in battle. 25. This day I shall begin to put the dread of you and the awe of you upon the peoples that are under the whole heaven, who will hear reports about you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you.”

2:26. “And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemot to Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace saying, 27. ‘Let me pass through your land. I shall go along by the highway; I shall turn neither to the right hand nor to the left. 28. You will sell me meat for money, so I can eat and give me water for money, so I can drink, only I shall pass through on my feet. 29. As the children of Esau that dwell in Seir and the Moabites that live in Ar did with me until I shall cross over the Jordan into the land which the LORD* our God gives us.’ 30. But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him, for the LORD* your God strengthened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, so He could deliver him into your hand as on this day.

2:31. “And the LORD* said to me, ‘Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before you. Begin to possess, so you can inherit his land.’

2:32. “Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. 33. And the LORD* our God delivered him before us and we struck him and his sons and all his people. (Num. 21:21-31) 34. And we took all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed the men, the women, and the little ones of every city, we left no one to remain. 35. We took only the cattle for a prey to ourselves and the spoil of the cities which we took. 36. From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon and from the city that is by the river, even to Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us. The LORD* our God delivered all to us. 37. It was only to the land of the children of Ammon that you did not come, or to any place of the river Jabbok or to the cities in the mountains or to whatever the LORD* our God forbade us.”

Bashan Conquered

3.1. “Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people to battle at Edrei. 2. And the LORD* said to me, ‘Do not be in awe of him! I shall deliver him and all his people and his land into your hand, and you will do to him as you did to Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon.’ (Num. 21:33-35) 3. So the LORD* our God also delivered Og into our hands, the king of Bashan and all his people, and we struck him until no one was left remaining. 4. And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we did not take from them, sixty cities, the whole region of Argov, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 5. All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars besides a great many unwalled towns. 6. And we utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children of every city. 7. But we took all the cattle and the spoil of the cities for a prey for ourselves. 8. And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this, east, side of the Jordan, from the river of Arnon to Mount Hermon, 9. which Hermon the Sidonites call Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir, 10. all the cities of the plain and all Gilead and all Bashan, to Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 11. For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim, behold, his bedstead is a bedstead of iron, it is in Rabbat of the children of Ammon. Its length is nine cubits and its width is four cubits, after the cubit of a man.

3:12. “And this land, which we possessed at that time from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half of Mount Gilead and its cities, I gave to the Reubenites and to the Gadites. 13. And the rest of Gilead and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half tribe of Manasseh all the region of Argov, with all Bashan, which was called the land of Rephaim. 14. Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob to the border of Geshuri and Maachathi, and called them the Bashan after his own name, Havot Jair, to this day. 15. And I gave Gilead to Machir. 16. And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even to the river Arnon, half the valley, and the border even to the river Jabbok, the border of the children of Ammon, 17. the plain also and the Jordan and its border from Kinneret even to the sea of the plain, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pisgah eastward.

3:18. “And I commanded you at that time saying, The LORD* your God has given you this land to possess it. You will cross armed before your brothers the children of Israel, all that are enlisted for the war. 19. But your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, (I know that you have many cattle) will stay in your cities which I have given you 20. until the LORD* has given rest to your brothers, as well as to you and they also possess the land which the LORD* your God has given them beyond the Jordan, and then you will return, each man to his possession which I have given you. 21. And I commanded Joshua at that time saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD* your God has done to these two kings: so will the LORD* do to all the kingdoms where you possess. 22. You will not be in awe of them, for the LORD* your God, He will fight for you.’ (Exod. 14:14, Deut. 1:30)

Next week’s Torah readings: Va’ethanan

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Masei

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Masei

33.1. These are the journeys of the children of Israel when they went out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron. 2. And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD*, and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

33:3. And they departed from Rameses in the first month on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the day after the Passover the children of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. 4. For the Egyptians buried all the firstborn that the LORD* had smitten among them: the LORD* also executed judgments upon their gods. 5. And the children of Israel left Rameses and pitched in Sukkot. 6. Then they left Sukkot and pitched in Itam, which is in the edge of the wilderness. 7. And they left Itam and turned again to Pi Hakhirot, which isbefore Baal Zephon, and they pitched before Migdol. 8. And they left Pi Hakhirot and crossed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness and went three days’ journey in the wilderness of Itam and pitched in Marah. 9. And they left Marah and came to Elim and in Elim there were twelve fountains of water and seventy palm trees, and they pitched there. 10. Then they left Elim and camped by the Reed Sea. 11. And they left the Reed Sea and camped in the wilderness of Sin. 12. And they took their journey from the wilderness of Sin and camped in Dafkah. 13. And they left Dafkah and camped in Alush. 14. And they left Alush and camped at Refidim, where there was no water for the people to drink. 15. And they left Refidim and pitched in the wilderness of Sinai. 16. Then they left the desert of Sinai and pitched at Kibrot Hattaavah. 17. And they left Kibrot Hattaavah and camped at Hazerot, 18. and they left Hazerot and pitched in Ritmah. 19. And they left Ritmah and pitched at Rimmon Perez. 20. And they left Rimmon Perez and pitched in Libnah. 21. And they left Libnah and pitched at Rissah. 22. And they traveled from Rissah and pitched in Keheletah. 23. Then they went from Keheletah and pitched at Mount Shefer. 24. And they left Mount Shefer and camped at Haradah. 25. And they left Haradah and pitched in Makehelot. 26. Then they left Makehelot and camped at Tahat. 27. And they departed from Tahat and pitched at Terah. 28. And they left Terah and pitched in Mitkah. 29. And they went from Mitkah and pitched in Hashmonah. 30. And they departed from Hashmonah and camped at Moserot. 31. And they left Moserot and pitched in Benai Jaakan. 32. And they traveled from Benai Jaakan and camped at Hor Hagidgad. 33. And they went from Hor Hagidgad and pitched in Jotbah. 34. And they left Jotbah and camped at Avronah. 35. And they left Avronah and camped at Ezion-geber. 36. And they left Ezion-geber and camped in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh. 37. And they left Kadesh and pitched at Mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom.

33:38. And Aaron the priest went up on Mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD* and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, on the first of the fifth month. 39. And Aaron was a hundred twenty-three years old when he died on Mount Hor.

33:40. And king Arad the Canaanite, who dwelled in the south in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel. 41. And they departed from Mount Hor and camped in Zalmonah. 42. And they left Zalmonah and camped in Punon. 43. And they left Punon and pitched in Obot. 44. And they left Obot and camped in Ije Haavarim, in the border of Moab.  45. And they left Ijim and camped in Dibon Gad. 46. And they traveled from Dibon Gad and camped in Almon Diblathaim. 47. And they left Almon Diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Avarim, before Nebo. 48. And they left the mountains of Abarim and camped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho. 49. And they camped by the Jordan from Beit Jeshimoth to Abel Shittim in the plains of Moab.

Marching Orders

33:50. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho saying, 51. “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them,

‘When you have crossed over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52. then you will drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their wood and stone images, destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places. 53. And you will dispossess the inhabitants of the land and live there, for I have given you the land to possess it. 54. And you will divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families. To the more numerous you will give more inheritance, and to the fewer you will give less inheritance: every man’s inheritance will be in the place where his lot falls. You will inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. 55. But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it will be that those that you let remain of them will be pricks in your eyes and thorns in your sides and will trouble you in the land in which you live. 56. And it will be that I shall do to you as I thought to do to them.’”

Future Borders of Israel

34.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 2. “Command the children of Israel and say to them,

“‘When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that will fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan according to its borders. 3. Then your south side will be from the wilderness of Zin along by the border of Edom and your south border will be the outermost end of the Salt Sea eastward, 4. and your border will turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim and pass on to Zin and from there it will be from the south to Kadesh Barnea, and will go on to Hazaraddar and pass on to Azmonah. 5. And the border will turn about from Azmonah to the river of Egypt, and from there it will go to the sea. 6. And as the western border, you will even have the Great Sea for a border: this will be your west border. 7. And this will be yournorth border, from the Great Sea you will point out for yourselves Mount Hor, 8. from Mount Hor you will point out to the entrance of Hamat, and from there the border will be to Zedadah, 9. and the border will go on to Ziphronah, and from there it will be at Hazar-Enan: this will be your north border. 10. And you will point out your east border from Hazar-Enan to Shefamah, 11. and the border will go down from Shefamah to Riblah, on the east side of Ayin, and the border will descend and will reach to the side of the lake of Kinneret eastward 12. and the border will go down to the Jordan, and from there it will go to the Salt Sea: this will be your land according to its borders all around.’”

34:13. And Moses commanded the children of Israel saying, “This is the land which you will inherit by lot, which the LORD* commanded to give to the nine tribes and to the half-tribe. 14. For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers have taken their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have taken their inheritance. 15. The two tribes and the half tribe have taken their inheritance on this side of the Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.”

34:16. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 17. “These are the names of the men who will divide the land for you: Elazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun. 18. And you will take one prince of every tribe to divide the land for inheritance. 19. And these are the names of the men: of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. 20. And of the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud. 21. Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon. 22. And the prince of the tribe of the children of Dan, Bukki the son of Jogli. 23. The prince of the children of Joseph, for the tribe of the children of Manasseh, Hanniel the son of Ephod. 24. And the prince of the tribe of the children of Ephraim, Kemuel the son of Shiftan. 25. And the prince of the tribe of the children of Zebulun, Elizaphan the son of Parnah. 26. And the prince of the tribe of the children of Issachar, Paltiel the son of Azzan. 27. And the prince of the tribe of the children of Asher, Ahihud the son of Shelomi. 28. And the prince of the tribe of the children of Naphtali, Pedahel the son of Ammihud. 29. These are they to whom the LORD* commanded to divide the inheritance to the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.”

Levites Given Cities

35.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho saying, 2. “Command the children of Israel that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their possession cities to live in and you will give to the Levites open land around the cities. 3. And they will have the cities to live in, and the open land around them will be for their cattle, for their goods, and for all their beasts. 4. And the open land around the cities, which you will give to the Levites, from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits all around. 5. And you will measure from outside the city on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits, and the city will be in the middle: this will be to them the open land around the cities. 6. And among the cities which you will give to the Levites there will be six cities for refuge, which you will appoint for the man-slayer, so he may flee there, and to them you will add forty-two cities. 7. So all the cities which you will give the Levites will be forty-eight cities. You will give them with their open land. 8. And the cities which you will give will be of the possession of the children of Israel, from many you will give many; but from few you will give few: everyone will give of his cities to the Levites according to his inheritance which he inherits.”

Cities of Refuge

35:9. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 10. “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘When you have come over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11. then you will appoint for yourselves cities to be cities of refuge for you, so the slayer can flee there, the one who kills any person unawares. 12. And they will be cities for refuge from the avenger for you, so the man-slayer does not die until he stands before the congregation in judgment. 13. And of these cities which you will give you will have six cities for refuge. 14. You will give three cities on this side of the Jordan and you will give three cities in the land of Canaan, cities of refuge. 15. These six cities will be a refuge, for the children of Israel, for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them, so everyone who kills any person unawares may flee there. 16. And if he strikes him with an instrument of iron so that he dies, he is a murderer: the murderer will surely be put to death. 17. And if he strikes him with a stone in the hand, by which he may die and he dies, he is a murderer: the murderer will surely be put to death. 18. Or if he strikes him with a hand weapon of wood from which he may die and he dies, he is a murderer: the murderer will surely be put to death. 19. The avenger of blood himself will slay the murderer when he meets him, he will slay him. 20. But if he thrusts him from hatred or hurls at him by lying in wait, for that he dies, 21. or strikes him in enmity with his hand so he dies: he that struck him will surely be put to death, he is a murderer: the avenger of blood will slay the murderer when he meets him. 22. But if he thrusts him suddenly without enmity or has cast upon him anything without lying in wait 23. or with any stone, by which a man may die, not seeing him, and casts it upon him so he dies, and was not his enemy, nor sought his harm, 24. then the congregation will judge between the slayer and the avenger of blood according to these judgments. 25. And the congregation will deliver the slayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood and the congregation will restore him to the city of his refuge where he fled, and he will stay in it to the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil. 26. But if the slayer will at any time come outside the border of the city of his refuge where he fled, 27. and the avenger of blood finds him outside the borders of the city of his refuge and the avenger of blood kills the slayer, he will not be guilty of blood 28. because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest, but after the death of the high priest the slayer will return to the land of his possession. 29. So these things will be for a statute of judgment for you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.’

35:30. “Whoever kills any person, the murderer will be put to death by the mouth of witnesses, but one witness will not testify against any person to cause him to die. 31. Moreover you will take redemption money for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he will surely be put to death. 32. And you will take no redemption money for him who fled to the city of his refuge, so he could come again to live in the land until the death of the priest. 33. So you will not pollute the land in which you are, for blood defiles the land. And no atonement can be made to the land for the blood that is shed in it, but by the blood of him that shed it. 34. Therefore do not defile the land which you will inhabit, in which I dwell, for I the LORD* dwell among the children of Israel.”

Daughters of Zelophehad Inheritance

36.1. And the chief fathers of the families of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph came near and spoke before Moses, and before the princes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel. 2. And they said, “The LORD* commanded my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel, and my lord was commanded by the LORD* to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters. 3. And if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our fathers and will be put to the inheritance of the tribe where they are received, so it will be taken from the lot of our inheritance,  4. and when there is a jubilee of the children of Israel, then their inheritance will be placed with the inheritance of the tribe where they are received, so their inheritance will be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.”

36:5. And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD* saying, “The tribe of the sons of Joseph has said well. 6. This is the thing which the LORD* commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad saying, ‘Let them marry to whom they think best, only to the family of the tribe of their father will they marry. 7. So the inheritance of the children of Israel will not remove from tribe to tribe, for each one of the children of Israel will keep for himself the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. 8. And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, will be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, so every man of the children of Israel may enjoy the inheritance of his fathers. 9. So no inheritance will remove from one tribe to another tribe, but everyone from the tribes of the children of Israel will keep himself to his own inheritance.’”

36:10. The LORD* commanded Moses, so the daughters of Zelophehad did. 11. For Mahlah, Tirzah, Haglah, Milkah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to their father’s brothers’ sons, 12. and they were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.

36:13. These are the commandments and the judgments, which the LORD* commanded by the hand of Moses to the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho.

Next week’s Torah readings: D’varim

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Matot

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Matot

Vows

30:2. And Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the LORD* has commanded.

30:3. “If a man makes a vow to the LORD*, or swears an oath to bind himself with a bond, he will not break his word, he will do according to all that proceeds from his mouth. (Matt. 5:33, Jcb. 5:12) 4. If a woman also makes a vow to the LORD* and binds herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth, 5. and her father hears her vow and her bond with which she has bound herself and her father will hold his peace at her, then all her vows will stand and every bond with which she has bound herself will stand. 6. But if her father disallows her in the day that he hears, not any of her vows or of her bonds with which she has bound herself will stand, and the LORD* will forgive her, because her father disallowed her. 7. And if she had a husband when she vowed or uttered anything out of her lips, with which she bound her soul, 8. and her husband heard it and held his peace at her in the day that he heard, then her vows will stand and her bonds with which she bound herself will stand. 9. But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard, then he will make void her vow which she vowed and that which she uttered with her lips, with which she bound herself, and the LORD* will forgive her. 10. But every vow of a widow and of her that is divorced with which they have bound themselves, will stand against her. 11. And if she vowed in her husband’s house or bound herself by a bond with an oath 12. and her husband heard and held his peace at her and did not disallow her, then all her vows will stand and every bond with which she bound herself will stand. 13. But if her husband has utterly made them void on the day he heard, whatever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows or concerning the bond of herself will not stand, her husband has made them void and the LORD* will forgive her. 14. Her husband may establish every vow and every binding oath to afflict the soul, or her husband may make it void. 15. But if her husband altogether holds his peace at her from day to day, then he establishes all her vows or all her bonds, which are upon her; he confirms them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard. 16. But if he will make them void after he has heard them, then he will bear her iniquity.”

30:17. These are the statutes, which the LORD* commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, being in her youth in her father’s house.

War against Midian

31.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses, saying, 2. “Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward you will be gathered to your people.”

31:3. And Moses spoke to the people saying, “Arm some of yourselves for war and let them go against the Midianites, to execute the LORD’s* vengeance on Midian. 4. A thousand from every tribe, throughout all the tribes of Israel, you will send to the war.”

31:5. So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand from a tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 6. And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand from a tribe, those and Phineas the son of Elazar the priest to the war with the holy vessels and the trumpets to blow in his hand. 7. And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD* commanded Moses, and they slew all the males. 8. And they slew the kings of Midian, besides the rest of them that were slain; Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: they also slew Balaam the son of Beor with the sword.

31:9. And the sons of Israel took all the women of Midian and their little ones captives, and took the spoil of all their cattle and all their flocks, and all their goods. 10. And all their cities in which they dwelled and all their villages they burned with fire. 11. And they took all the spoil and all the prey, of mankind and of beasts. 12. And they brought the captives, the prey, and the spoil to Moses and Elazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children of Israel, to the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan near Jericho.

31:13. And Moses, Elazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation went forth to meet them outside the camp. 14. And Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds that came from the battle. 15. And Moses said to them, “Have you saved all the women alive? 16. Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD* in the matter of Peor and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD*. (Jude 11) 17. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones and kill every woman that has known a man by lying with him. 18. But all the female children who have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. 19. And stay outside the camp seven days. Whoever has killed any person and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day. 20. And purify all your clothes and all that is made of skins, all work of goats’ hair, and all things made of wood.”

31:21. And Elazar the priest said to the men of war who went to the battle, “This is the ordinance of the instruction which the LORD* commanded Moses, 22. only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 23. everything that can stand the fire, you will make go through the fire and it will be clean, nevertheless it will be purified with the water of sprinkling. And all that cannot stand the fire you will make go through the water. 24. And you will wash your clothes on the seventh day and you will be clean, and afterward you will come into the camp.”

31:25. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 26. “Count the prey that was taken, of mankind and of beast, you, Elazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation, 27. and divide the prey into two parts, between those who took the war against them, who went out to battle, and between the whole congregation,

28. and levy a tribute to the LORD* from the men of war who went out to battle one individual of five hundred, of the persons, of the cattle, of the donkeys, and of the sheep: 29. take from their half and give it to Elazar the priest for a heave offering of the LORD*. 30. And of the children of Israel’s half, you will take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the cattle, of the donkeys, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts and give them to the Levites, who keep the charge of the Tabernacle of the LORD*.”

31:31. And Moses and Elazar the priest did as the LORD* commanded Moses. 32. And the booty, the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred seventy-five thousand sheep, 33. and seventy-two thousand cattle, 34. sixty-one thousand donkeys, 35. and thirty-two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known a man by lying with him. 36. And the half, which was the portion of those that went out to war, was in number three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep, 37. and the LORD’s* tribute of the sheep was six hundred seventy-five. 38. And there were thirty-six thousand cattle, of which the LORD’s* tribute was seventy-two. 39. And there were thirty thousand five hundred donkeys, of which the LORD’s* tribute was sixty-one. 40. And there were sixteen thousand people, of which the LORD’s* tribute was thirty-two people. 41. And Moses gave the tribute, the LORD’s* heave offering, to Elazar the priest, as the LORD* commanded Moses. 42. And of the children of Israel’s half, which Moses divided from the men who fought, 43. (Now the congregation’s half was three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep, 44. thirty-six thousand cattle, 45. thirty thousand five hundred donkeys, 46. and sixteen thousand people) 47. Even of the children of Israel’s half, Moses took one portion of fifty, of mankind and of beast and gave them to the Levites who kept the charge of the Tabernacle of the LORD*, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

31:48. And the officers that were over thousands of the army, the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds came near to Moses, 49. and they said to Moses, “Your servants have taken the count of the men of war that are under our charge and there lacks not one man of us. 50. We have therefore brought an offering for the LORD*, what every man has gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, bracelets, rings, earrings, and belts to make atonement for our lives before the LORD*.”

31:51. And Moses and Elazar the priest took the gold from them, even all wrought jewels. 52. And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD*, of the captains of thousands and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred fifty shekels. 53. (For the men of war had taken spoil, each man for himself.) 54. And Moses and Elazar the priest took the gold from the captains of thousands and of hundreds and brought it into the Tent of Meeting, for a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD*.

East of the Jordan

32.1. Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle and when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead that, behold, the place was a place for cattle. 2. The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Elazar the priest, and to the princes of the congregation saying, 3. “Atarot, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4. even the country which the LORD* struck before the congregation of Israel is a land for cattle, and your servants have cattle. 5. Therefore, they said, if we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession, and do not bring us over the Jordan.”

32:6. And Moses said to the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, “Will your brothers go to war and will you sit here? 7. And why do you discourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD* has given them 8. like your fathers did, when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to see the land. 9. For when they went up to the valley of Eshkol and saw the land they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel that they should not go into the land which the LORD* had given them. 10. And the LORD’s* anger was kindled the same time, and He swore saying, 11. ‘Surely none of the men who came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward will see the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob because they have not wholly followed Me, 12. except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizite and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have wholly followed the LORD*.’ 13. And the LORD’s* anger was kindled against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years until the entire generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD* was consumed. 14. And, behold, you are raised up in your fathers’ stead, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD* toward Israel. 15. For if you turn away from after Him, He will yet again leave them in the wilderness and you will destroy all these people.”

32:16. And they came near to him and said, “We will build sheep folds here for our cattle and cities for our little ones, 17. but we ourselves will go ready, armed before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place, and our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. 18. We will not return to our houses until every man of the children of Israel has inherited his inheritance. 19. For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan forward, westward, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this side of the Jordan eastward.”

32:20. And Moses said to them, “If you will do this thing, if you go before armed for war, 21. and every armed man of you will cross over the Jordan before the LORD*, until He has driven out His enemies from before Him, 22. and the land is subdued before the LORD*: then afterward you will return and be guiltless before the LORD* and before Israel, then this land will be your possession before the LORD*. 23. But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD*, and be sure your sin will find you out. 24. Build cities for yourselves, your little ones and folds for your sheep, and do that which has proceeded out of your mouth.”

32:25. And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke to Moses saying, “Your servants will do as my lord commands. 26. Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our cattle will be there in the cities of Gilead. 27. But your servants will cross over, every man armed for war, before the LORD* to battle, as my lord says.”

32:28. So, concerning them Moses commanded Elazar the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel 29. and Moses said to them, “If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben will cross with you over the Jordan, every man armed for battle before the LORD*, and the land will be subdued before you, then you will give them the land of Gilead for a possession, 30. but if they will not cross over with you armed, they will have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.”

32:31. And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered saying, “As the LORD* has said to your servants, so we will do. 32. We will cross over armed before the LORD* into the land of Canaan, so the possession of our inheritance on this side of the Jordan will be ours.”

32:33. And Moses gave to them, to the children of Gad, to the children of Reuben, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land with the cities of it in the borders, the cities of the surrounding country. 34. And the children of Gad built Dibon, Atarot, Aroer, 35. Atrot-Shofan, Jazer, Jagbeha,  36. Beit Nimrah, and Beit Haran, fenced cities and folds for sheep.

32:37. And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriataim, 38. Nebo, Baal Meon, (their names being changed) and Shibmah, and gave other names to the cities which they built. 39. And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, took it, and dispossessed the Amorite that were in it. 40. And Moses gave Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh and he lived there. 41. And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took its small towns and called them Havot Jair. 42. And Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Next week’s Torah readings: D’varim

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Pinhas

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Pinhas (Phineas)

Covenant of Peace

25:10. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 11.Phineas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for My sake among them, and I did not consume the children of Israel in My jealousy. 12. Therefore I say, Behold, I am giving My Covenant of Peace to him, 13. and he will have it and his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God and made atonement for the children of Israel.” 14. Now the name of the Israeli that was slain, who was slain with the Midianite woman, was Zimri the son of Salu, a prince of a father’s house among the Shimonites. 15. And the name of the Midianite woman that was slain was Cozbi the daughter of Zur, head over a people and of a father’s house in Midian.

25:16. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 17. “Bind up the Midianites and strike them, 18. for they bound you with their cunning with which they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor and in the matter of Cozbi the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague for Peor’s sake.”

Census

25:19. And it was after the plague 26.1. that the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Elazar the son of Aaron the priest saying, 2. “Take a head count of the entire congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, after their fathers’ houses, all who are able to go to war in Israel.” 3. And Moses and Elazar the priest spoke to them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho saying, 4. “Take the count of the people, from twenty years old and upward.” as the LORD* commanded Moses and the children of Israel who went forth from the land of Egypt.

26:5. Reuben, the eldest son of Israel: the children of Reuben; Hanoch, of whom comes the family of the Hanochites: of Pallu, the family of Pallu: 6. of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the family of the Carmi. 7. These are the families of the Reubnites: and those who were numbered of them were forty-three thousand seven hundred thirty. 8. And the sons of Pallu: Eliab. 9. And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are Dathan and Abiram, called by the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah when they strove against the LORD*, 10. and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah when that company died, when the fire devoured two hundred fifty men and they became a warning. 11. But the children of Korah did not die.

26:12. The sons of Simeon after their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites: of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites: of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites: 13. of Zerah, the family of the Zerahites: of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites. 14. These are the families of the Simeonites, twenty-two thousand two hundred.

26:15. The children of Gad after their families: of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites: of Haggi, the family of the Haggites: of Shuni, the family of the Shunites: 16. of Ozni, the family of the Oznites; of Eri, the family of the Erites: 17. of Arod, the family of the Arodites: of Areli, the family of the Arelites. 18. These are the families of the children of Gad according to those that were numbered of them, forty thousand five hundred.

26:19. The sons of Judah were Er and Onan: and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. 20. And the sons of Judah after their families were; of Shelah, the family of the Shelanites: of Perez, the family of the Perezites: of Zerah, the family of the Zerahites. 21. And the sons of Perez were; of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites: of Hamul, the family of the Hamulites. 22. These are the families of Judah according to those that were numbered of them, seventy-six thousand five hundred.

26:23. Of the sons of Issachar after their families: of Tola, the family of the Tolaites: of Puva, the family of the Punites: 24. of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites: of Shimron, the family of the Shimronites. 25. These are the families of Issachar according to those that were numbered of them, sixty-four thousand three hundred.

26:26. Of the sons of Zebulun after their families: of Sered, the family of the Serdites: of Elon, the family of the Elonites: of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleeltes. 27. These are the families of the Zebulunites according to those that were numbered of them, sixty thousand five hundred.

26:28. The sons of Joseph after their families were Manasseh and Ephraim.

29. Of the sons of Manasseh of Machir, the family of the Machirites: and Machir begot Gilead: of Gilead came the family of the Gileadites. 30. These are the sons of Gilead: of Iezer, the family of the Iezerites: of Helek, the family of the Helekites: 31. and of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites: and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites: 32. and of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites: and of Hefer, the family of the Hefrites. 33. And Zelophehad the son of Hefer had no sons, but daughters: and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 34. These are the families of Manasseh, and those that were numbered of them, fifty-two thousand seven hundred.

26:35. These are the sons of Ephraim after their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthelahites: of Becher, the family of the Becherites: of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites. 36. And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites. 37. These are the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those that were numbered of them, thirty-two thousand five hundred.

These are the sons of Joseph after their families.

26:38. The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of the Belites: of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites: of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites: 39. of Shefufam, the family of the Shefufamites: of Hufam, the family of the Hufamites. 40. And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites and of Naaman, the family of the Naamites. 41. These are the sons of Benjamin after their families: and they that were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred.

26:42. These are the sons of Dan after their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan after their families. 43. All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those that were numbered of them, were sixty-four thousand four hundred.

26:44. Ofthe children of Asher after their families: of Imnah, the family of the Imnites: of Ishvi, the family of the Ishvites: of Beriah, the family of the Beriites. 45. The sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites: of Malkiel, the family of the Malkielites. 46. And the name of the daughter of Asher was Sarah. 47. These are the families of the sons of Asher according to those that were numbered of them, fifty-three thousand four hundred.

26:48. Ofthe sons of Naphtali after their families: of Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites: of Guni, the family of the Guni: 49. ofJezer, the family of the Jezerites: of Shillem, the family of the Shillemites. 50. These are the families of Naphtali according to their families: and they that were numbered of them were forty-five thousand four hundred.

26:51. These were the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred one thousand seven hundred thirty. 52. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 53. The land will be divided for an inheritance to these according to the number of names. 54. You will give more inheritance to many, and you will give the less inheritance to those with fewer: his inheritance will be given to everyone according to those that were numbered of him. 55 But the land will be divided by lot: they will inherit according to the names of the tribes of their fathers. 56. According to the lot will the possession of it be divided between many and few.

26:57. And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites: of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites: of Merari, the family of the Merari. 58. These are the families of the Levites: the family of the Libni, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahli, the family of the Mooshi, the family of the Korahites. And Kohath begot Amram. 59. And the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom her mother bore to Levi in Egypt: and she bore Aaron, Moses, and their sister Miriam to Amram. 60. And to Aaron was born Nadab, Abihu, Elazar, and Itamar. 61. And Nadab and Abihu died when they offered strange fire before the LORD*.

26:62. And those that were numbered of them were twenty-three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.

26:63. These are those who were numbered by Moses and Elazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho. 64. But among these there was not a man of them whom Moses and Aaron the priest numbered, when they numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.

65. For the LORD* had said of them, “They will surely die in the wilderness.” And not a man was left of them, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Inheritance for Daughters

27.1. Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hefer, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2. And they stood before Moses, and before Elazar the priest, and before the princes and the whole congregation, at the door of the Tent of Meeting saying, 3. “Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD* in the company of Korah, but died in his own sin and had no sons. 4. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family because he has no son? Give us a possession among the brothers of our father.” 5. And Moses brought their cause before the LORD*.

27:6. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 7. “The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: you will surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brothers and you will cause the inheritance of their father to pass to them. 8. And you will speak to the children of Israel saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you will cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter. 9. And if he has no daughter, then you will give his inheritance to his brothers. 10. And if he has no brothers, then you will give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11. And if his father has no brothers, then you will give his inheritance to his kinsman that is next to him of his family and he will possess it. And it will be a statute of judgment for the children of Israel,’ as the LORD* commanded Moses.”

Joshua Chosen to Succeed Moses

27:12. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Go up on this mountain Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the children of Israel. 13. And when you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was gathered. 14. For you rebelled against My commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation to sanctify Me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.”

27:15. And Moses spoke to the LORD* saying, 16. “Let the LORD*, the God of the spirits of all flesh set a man over the congregation, 17. who may go out before them and who may go in before them, and who may lead them out and who may bring them in, so the congregation of the LORD* will not be like sheep that have no shepherd.” (Matt. 9:36, Mark 6:34)

27:18. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit and lay your hand upon him 19. and set him before Elazar the priest and before the entire congregation, and give him a charge in their sight. 20. And you will put of your honor upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 21. And he will stand before Elazar the priest, who will ask for him after the judgment of the Urim before the LORD*; at his word will they go out and at his word they will come in, he and all the children of Israel with him, even the entire congregation.”

27:22. And Moses did as the LORD* commanded him and he took Joshua and set him before Elazar the priest and before the whole congregation, 23. and he laid his hands upon him and gave him a charge, as the LORD* commanded by the hand of Moses.

Morning and Evening Offerings

28.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 2. “Command the children of Israel and say to them, My offering, My food for My offerings made by fires, a sweet savor to Me, you will observe to offer to Me in their due season. 3. And you will say to them, ‘This is the offering made by fire which you will offer to the LORD*; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day for a continual burnt offering.’ 4. Then you will offer one lamb in the morning and you will offer the other lamb at evening. 5. And a tenth of an ephah of flour for a grain offering, mixed with the fourth of a hin of beaten oil. 6. It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in Mount Sinai for a sweet savor, a sacrifice made by fire to the LORD*. 7. And its drink offering will be the fourth of a hin for the one lamb: you will cause the strong wine to be poured to the LORD* for  a drink offering in the Holy Place. 8. And you will offer the other lamb at evening, like the grain offering of the morning and as its drink offering, you will offer it, a sacrifice made by fire of a sweet savor to the LORD*.

28:9. “And on the Sabbath, two lambs of the first year without blemish, and two tenths of an ephah of flour for a grain offering mixed with oil, and its drink offering. 10. This is the burnt offering of every Sabbath, besides the continual burnt offering and its drink offering.”

Rosh Hodesh, New Month

28:11. “And on your new moons you will offer a burnt offering to the LORD*; two young bulls and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish, 12. three tenths of an ephah of flour for a grain offering mixed with oil, for one bull, two tenths of an ephah of flour for a grain offering mixed with oil, for one ram; 13. and a tenth part of an ephah of flour mixed with oil for a grain offering for one lamb, for a burnt offering of a sweet savor, an offering made by fire to the LORD*. 14. And their drink offerings will be half a hin of wine to a bull and the third of a hin to a ram, and a fourth part of a hin to a lamb: this is the burnt offering of every month throughout the months of the year. 15. And one he goat will be offered for a sin offering to the LORD*, besides the continual burnt offering and Its drink offering.”

 

Passover

28:16. “And on the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD*. 17. And on the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: unleavened bread will be eaten seven days. 18. The first day will be a holy convocation; you will do no manner of servile work: 19. But you will offer an offering made by fire for a burnt offering to the LORD*; two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year. They will be to you without blemish, 20. and their grain offering will be flour mixed with oil, three tenths will you offer for a bull and two tenths for a ram. 21. You will offer one tenth for every lamb of the seven lambs 22. and one goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you. 23. You will offer these besides the burnt offering in the morning, which is for a continual burnt offering. 24. After this manner you will offer daily throughout the seven days, the food of the sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savor to the LORD*. It will be offered besides the continual burnt offering and its drink offering. 25. And on the seventh day you will have a holy convocation; you will do no servile work.”

Shavuot

28:26. “Also on the day of the First Fruits when you bring a new grain offering to the LORD* on Shavuot, you will have a holy convocation; you will do no servile work, 27. but you will offer the burnt offering for a sweet savor to the LORD*; two young bulls, one ram, seven lambs of the first year, 28. and their grain offering of flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah to one bull, two tenths of an ephah to one ram, 29. one tenth for each lamb of the seven lambs; 30. one he goat, to make atonement for you. 31. You will offer them besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering (they will be to you without blemish), and their drink offerings.”

Day of Memorial

29.1. “And in the seventh month on the first of the month, you will have  a holy convocation. You will do no servile work, it is a day of blowing the horn for you. 2. And you will offer a burnt offering for a sweet savor to the LORD*; one young bull, one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish, 3. and their grain offering will be flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for a bull, two tenths for a ram, 4. and one tenth for each lamb of the seven lambs, 5. and one he goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you, 6. besides the burnt offering of the new month, its grain offering, the daily burnt offering, its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their manner for a sweet savor, a sacrifice made by fire to the LORD*.”

Yom Kippur

29:7. “And you will have on the tenth of this seventh month a holy convocation, and you will afflict your souls: you will not do any work. 8. You will offer a burnt offering to the LORD* for a sweet savor, one young bull, one ram, seven lambs of the first year; they will be to you without blemish, 9. and their grain offering will be of flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah to a bull, two tenths to one ram, 10. one tenth for each lamb of the seven lambs, 11. one he goat for a sin offering besides the sin offering of atonement, the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and their drink offerings.”

Feast of Sukkot

29:12. “And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you will have a holy convocation; you will do no servile work and you will keep a feast to the LORD* seven days, 13. and you will offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire of a sweet savor to the LORD*; thirteen young bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year; they will be without blemish, 14. and their grain offering will be flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah to every bull of the thirteen bulls, two tenths to each ram of the two rams, 15. and a tenth for each lamb of the fourteen lambs: 16. and one he goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

29:17. “And on the second day you will offer twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish, 18. and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs will be according to their number, according to the statute, 19. and one he goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

29:20. “And on the third day eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish, 21. and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs will be according to their number, according to the statute, 22. and one goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

29:23. “And on the fourth day ten bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish, 24. their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs will be according to their number, according to the statute, 25. and one he goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

29:26. “And on the fifth day nine bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish, 27. and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, will be according to their number, according to the statute, 28. and one goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

29:29. “And on the sixth day eight bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish, 30. and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, according to their number, according to the statute, 31. and one goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offerings.

29:32. “And on the seventh day seven bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish, 33. and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs will be according to their number, according to the statute, 34. and one goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

29:35. “On the eighth day you will have a solemn assembly: you will do no servile work. 36. You will offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savor to the LORD*, one bull, one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish, 37. their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs will be according to their number, according to the statute, 38. and one goat for a sin offering besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

29:39. “These things you will do for the LORD* in your set feasts, besides your vows and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, for your meal offerings, for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.” 30.1. And Moses told the children of Israel according to everything that the LORD* commanded Moses.

Next week’s Torah readings: Matot and Masei

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Balak

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Balak

22:2. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3. And Moab was very afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4. And Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up all that are around us, like the ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5. He sent messengers therefore to Balaam the son of Beor, to Petorah that is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him saying, “Behold, a people came out from Egypt. Behold, they cover the face of the earth and they live next to me. 6. Therefore now come, I pray you, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall prevail, so we can strike them and so I can drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed and he whom you curse is cursed.”

Balaam

22:7. And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian left with the rewards of divination in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke the words of Balak to him. (Jude 11) 8. And he said to them, “Lodge here this night and I shall bring you word again, as the LORD* will speak to me.” And the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam. 9. And God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?”

10. And Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me saying, 11. ‘Behold, there is a people that has come out of Egypt and it covers the face of the earth. Come now, curse them for me. Perhaps I shall be able to overcome them and drive them out.’”

22:12. And God said to Balaam, “You will not go with them! You will not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

22:13. And Balaam rose up in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, “Go back to your land, for the LORD* refuses to give me leave to go with you.”

22:14. And the princes of Moab rose up and they went to Balak and said, “Balaam refuses to come with us.”

22:15. And Balak sent still again princes, more, even greater than they. 16. And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray you, hinder you from coming to me, 17. for I shall promote you to very great honor and I shall do whatever you say to me. Come therefore, I pray you, curse this people for me.”

22:18. And Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD* my God, to do less or more. 19. Now therefore, I pray you, stay here this night too, so I may know what more the LORD* will say to me.”

22:20. And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise up, go with them, but yet the word which I shall say to you, that will you do.” 21. And Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

The LORD* Uses a Donkey

22:22. And God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the LORD* stood in the road to be an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him. 23. And the donkey saw the angel of the LORD* standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field, and Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road. 24. But the angel of the LORD* stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side and a wall on that side.

22:25. And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD*, it thrust itself to the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall and he struck it again. 26. And the angel of the LORD* went further and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27. And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD*, she fell down under Balaam, and Balaam’s anger was kindled and he struck the donkey with his staff. 28. And the LORD* opened the mouth of the donkey and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have hit me these three times?” (2 Pe. 2:16)

22:29. And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have mocked me I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you.”

22:30. And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, upon which you have ridden ever since I was yours to this day? Did I ever attempt to do so to you?”

And he said, “No.” 31. Then the LORD* opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the angel of the LORD* standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head and fell on his face. 32. And the angel of the LORD* said to him, “Why have you hit your donkey these three times? Look, I purposely came out to stop you because your way is perverse before me. 33. And the donkey saw me, and turned from me these three times: if it had not turned from me, surely now I would have slain you and saved it alive.”

22:34. And Balaam said to the angel of the LORD*, “I have sinned, for I did not know that. You stood in the way against me. Now therefore, if it displeases you, I shall go back again.”

22:35. And the angel of the LORD* said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you will speak only the word that I shall speak to you.” So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

22:36. And when Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to a city of Moab to meet him, which is at the border of Arnon, which is at the furthest end of the border. 37. And Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not earnestly send for you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not indeed able to promote you to honor?”

22:38. And Balaam said to Balak, “See, I have come to you. Now do I have any power at all to say anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that will I speak.” 39. And Balaam went with Balak and they came to Kiriat Huzot. 40. And Balak offered oxen and sheep and sent to Balaam and to the princes that were with him. 41. And it happened on the next day that Balak took Balaam and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that there he might see the farthest part of the people.

Balaam Prepares

23.1. And Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here and prepare seven oxen and seven rams for me here.” 2. And Balak did as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 3. Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand beside your burnt offering and I shall go. Perhaps the LORD* will come to meet me and whatever He shows me I shall tell you.” And he went to a high place.

23:4. And God met Balaam and he said to Him, “I have prepared seven altars and I have offered upon each altar a bull and a ram.”

23:5. And the LORD* put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak and you will say this.” 6. And he returned to him and, lo, he stood by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab.

23:7. And he took up his saying and said, 1st “Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, ‘Come, curse Jacob for me and come, defy Israel.’ 8. How will I curse whom God has not cursed? Or how will I defy whom the LORD* has not defied? 9. For from the top of the rocks I see him and from the hills I behold him. Look, it is a people that lives alone and is not reckoned among the nations. 10. Who can count the dust of Jacob and the number of the fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous and let my last end be like his.”

23:11. And Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies and, behold, you have blessed them altogether.”

23:12. And he answered and said, “Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD* has put in my mouth?”

23:13. And Balak said to him, “Come, I pray you, with me to another place, from where you may see them. You will see only the furthest part of them and will not see them all: and curse them for me from there.” 14. And he brought him to the field of Zefim, to the top of Pisgah and built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15. And he said to Balak, “Stand here by your burnt offering, while I meet Him yonder.”

23:16. And the LORD* met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Go again to Balak and say thus.”

23:17. And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, “What has the LORD* spoken?”

23:18. And he took up his parable, and said, 2nd “Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, you son of Zippor: 19. God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man, that He should be sorry. (1 Sam. 15:29) Has He said and will He not do it? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good? 20. Look,  I have taken the message to bless. And He has blessed and I cannot reverse it. 21. He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, nor has He seen evil deeds in Israel. The LORD* his God is with him and the shout of a king is among them. 22. God Who brought them out of Egypt has as it were the strength of a buffalo. 23. Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel, according to this time it will be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘What has God wrought!’ 24. Behold, it is a people that will rise up as a lioness, and lift itself up as a young lion: he will not lie down until he eats the prey and drinks the blood of the slain.”

23:25. And Balak said to Balaam, “Don’t curse them at all or bless them at all.”

23:26. But Balaam answered and said to Balak, “Did I not I tell you, saying, All that the LORD* speaks, that I must do?”

23:27. And Balak said to Balaam, “Come, I pray you, I shall bring you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there.” 28. And Balak brought Balaam to the top of Peor that looks toward Jesimeon.

23:29. And Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.” 30. And Balak did as Balaam had said and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Balaam’s Third Try

24.1. And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD* to bless Israel, he did not go, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. 2. And Balaam lifted up his eyes and he saw Israel staying according to their tribes, and the Spirit of God came upon him. 3. And he took up his saying and said, “Balaam the son of Beor has said and the man whose eyes are open has said: 4. He has said, who heard the words of God, who-saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 5. 3rd ‘How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel! 6. Like the valleys they are spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, like aloes which the LORD* has planted, and like cedars beside the waters. 7. He will pour the water out of his buckets and his seed will be in many waters and his king will be higher than Agag and his kingdom will be exalted. 8. God Who brought him out of Egypt is to him like the strength of a wild ox: he will eat up the nations, his enemies, and will break their bones and pierce them through with his arrows. 9. He knelt; he lay down as a lion and as a lioness: who will stir him up? Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.’” (Gen. 12:3, Gal. 3:8)

24:10. And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam and he struck his hands together, and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies and, behold, you have altogether blessed them these three times. 11. Therefore now flee to your place. I thought to promote you to great honor, but see, the LORD* has kept you back from honor.”

24:12. And Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not also tell your messengers whom you sent to me saying, 13. ‘If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD*, to do good or bad of my own mind, but what the LORD* says, that will I speak?’ 14. And now, behold, I am going to my people. Come, I shall advise you what this people will do to your people in the latter days.”

24:15. And he took up his saying and said, “Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has spoken. 16. He has said, who heard the words of God and knew the knowledge of the Most High, who saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 17. ‘I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near: there will come a star out of Jacob (Rev. 22:16) and a scepter will rise out of Israel, and will strike the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. 18. And Edom will be a possession, Seir also will be a possession for his enemies, and Israel will do valiantly. 19. Out of Jacob will come the one that will have dominion, and will destroy him from the city who remains.’”

24:20. And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his saying and said, “Amalek was the first of the nations, but his latter end will be that he perish forever.”

24:21. And he looked on the Kenite and took his parable and said, “Your dwelling place is strong and you put your nest in a rock. 22. Nevertheless Kain will be wasted until Assyria will carry you away captive.”

24:23. And he took up his saying and said, “Alas, who will live when God does this! 24. And ships will come from the coast of Kittim and will afflict Assyria, and will afflict Eber and he also will perish forever.”

24:25. And Balaam rose up and went and returned to his place and Balak also went his way.

Balak Takes Balaam’s Advice

25.1. And Israel stayed in Acacia and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab. (1 Cor. 10:8) 2. And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods and the people did eat and bow down to their gods. (Rev. 2:20) 3. And Israel joined himself to Baal Peor, and the anger of the LORD* was kindled against Israel. 4. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and hang them up before the LORD* against the sun, so the fierce anger of the LORD* can be turned away from Israel.”

25:5. And Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Slay everyone his men that were joined to Baal-Peor.” (1 Cor. 10:9) 6. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brothers a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of the entire congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping at the door of the Tent of Meeting. 7. And when Phineas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw, he rose up from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand, 8. and he went after the man of Israel into a tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 9. And those that died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.

Next week’s Torah readings: Pinhas

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Khukat

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Khukat

Red Heifer

19.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying,

19:2. “This is the ordinance of the teaching which the LORD* has commanded saying, Speak to the children of Israel, so they will bring you a red heifer without spot, in which there is no blemish, upon which a yoke has never come, 3. and you will give it to Elazar the priest so he can bring it outside the camp, and one will slay her before his face 4. And Elazar the priest will take of its blood with his finger and sprinkle of its blood directly in front of the Tent of Meeting seven times, 5. and one will burn the heifer in his sight, its skin, its flesh, and its blood, he will burn with its dung. 6. And the priest will take cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. 7. Then the priest will wash his clothes and he will immerse his flesh in water, and afterward he will come into the camp and the priest will be unclean until the evening. 8. And the one who burns it will wash his clothes in water and immerse his flesh in water, and will be unclean until the evening. 9. And a man who isclean will gather up the ashes of the heifer and lay them up outside the camp in a clean place, and it will be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of sprinkling: it is an offering of purification. 10. And the one who gathers the ashes of the heifer will wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening, and it will be for the children of Israel and for the stranger that lives among them, for a statute forever.

19:11. “Anyone who touches the dead body of any person will be unclean seven days. 12. He will purify himself with it on the third day and on the seventh day he will be clean, but if he does not purify himself the third day, then the seventh day he will not be clean. 13. Whoever touches the dead body of any person that is dead and does not purify himself, defiles the Tabernacle of the LORD*, and that person will be cut off from Israel because the water of sprinkling was not sprinkled upon him, he will be unclean; his uncleanness is still upon him.

19:14. “This is the teaching, when a man dies in a tent, all who come into the tent and all that is in the tent will be unclean seven days. 15. And every open vessel that has no covering bound upon it is unclean. 16. And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open field, or a dead body, or a bone of a person, or a grave, will be unclean seven days. 17. And for an unclean person they will take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water will be put there in a vessel, 18. and a clean person will take hyssop and dip it in the water and sprinkle it on the tent, on all the vessels, on the persons that were there, and on him that touched the bone or the slain or the dead or the grave: 19. and the clean person will sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day, and on the seventh day he will purify him and he will wash his clothes and immerse himself in water, and will be clean at evening. 20. But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself, that one will be cut off from among the congregation because he has defiled the Sanctuary of the LORD*. The water of sprinkling has not been sprinkled upon him: he is unclean. 21. And it will be a perpetual statute for them, that he who sprinkles the water of sprinkling will wash his clothes, and he that touches the water of sprinkling will be unclean until evening. 22. And whatever the unclean person touches will be unclean, and the person who touches it will be unclean until evening.”

Miriam Dies

20.1. Then the children of Israel came, the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh and Miriam died there and was buried there.

Complaint, Lack of Water

20:2. And there was no water for the congregation, and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. 3. And the people strove with Moses and spoke saying, “Would that we had died when our brothers died before the LORD*! 4. And why have you brought up the congregation of the LORD* into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? 5. And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us in to this evil place? It is a place of no seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates: nor is there any water to drink.”

Water from the Rock

20:6. Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the Tent of Meeting, and they fell upon their faces and the glory of the LORD* appeared to them. 7. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 8. “Take the staff and gather the assembly together, you and Aaron your brother, and speak to the rock before their eyes and it will give forth its water and you will bring water out of the rock to them: so you will give the congregation and their beasts drink.”

Moses Disobeys

20:9. Then Moses took the staff from before the LORD*, as He commanded him. 10. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock and he said to them, “Listen now, you rebels! Must we fetch you water out of this rock?” 11. And Moses lifted up his hand and with his staff he struck the rock twice, and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation and also their beasts drank.

20:12. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you will not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” 13. This is the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel strove with the LORD*, and He was sanctified among them.

Edom Denies Entry

20:14. And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, Thus says your brother Israel, “You know all the trouble that has befallen us, 15. how our fathers went down into Egypt and we lived in Egypt a long time and the Egyptians mistreated us and our fathers. 16. And when we cried to the LORD*, He heard our voice and sent an angel, and has brought us forth out of Egypt and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the outermost of your border. 17. Let us pass, I pray you, through your country. We will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells. We will go by the king’s highway, we will not turn to the right hand or to the left until we have passed your borders.”

20:18. And Edom said to him, “You will not pass by me, or I shall come out against you with the sword.”

20:19. And the children of Israel said to him, “We will go by the highway, and if I and my cattle drink of your water, then I shall pay for it: I shall only go through on my feet without doing anything else.”

20:20. And he said, “You will not go through.” And Edom came out against him with many people and with a strong hand. 21. Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border, so Israel turned away from him.

Aaron Dies

20:22. And the children of Israel, the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor.

20:23. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and Aaron on Mount Hor, by the border of the land of Edom saying, 24. “Aaron will be gathered to his people for he will not enter the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because you rebelled against My word at the water of Meribah. 25. Take Aaron and Elazar his son and bring them up to Mount Hor, 26. strip Aaron of his garments, put them upon Elazar his son, and Aaron will be gathered to his people, and will die there.”

The LORD* Rescues from Arad

21.1.And when the Canaanite, the king of Arad who dwelled in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the Atarim, then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners. 2. And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD* and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.” 3. And the LORD* hearkened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. And he called the name of the place Hormah. 

People Murmur

21:4. And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Reed Sea to bypass the land of Edom, and the hearts of the people were very discouraged because of the way. 5. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water and our very beings loathe this light bread.” 6. And the LORD* sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, and many people of Israel died. 7. Therefore the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD* and against you. Pray to the LORD*, so He will take the serpents away from us.” And Moses prayed for the people.

Bronze Serpent

21:8. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Make for yourself a fiery serpent and set it upon a pole, and it willbe that everyone that is bitten, when he looks upon it, will live.” 9. And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it upon a pole,and it was that if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the serpent of bronze, he lived.

21:10. And the children of Israel set forward and pitched in Obot. 11. And they journeyed from Obot and pitched at Ije Abarim in the wilderness, which is before Moab, toward the sunrising. 12. From there they left and pitched in the valley of Zered. 13. They left from there and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14. Therefore it is said in the book of the Wars of the LORD*, “Vaheb in Suphah and the brooks of Arnon 15. and the course of the brooks that incline toward the dwelling of Ar, and lean upon the border of Moab.”  16. And from there they went to Be’er, that is the well of which the LORD* spoke to Moses, “Gather the people together and I shall give them water.”

21:17. Then Israel sang this song, “Spring up, O well! Sing to it! 18. The princes dug the well, the nobles of the people sanctified it with the scepter, with their staffs.” And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah 19. and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamot, 20. and from Bamot in the valley that is in the country of Moab to the top of Pisgah, which looks toward Jeshimon.

Sihon Denies Access

21:21. And Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites saying, 22. “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn into the fields or into the vineyards. We will not drink of the waters of the well, but we will go along by the king’s highway until we are past your borders. 23. And Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his border, but Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24. And Israel struck him with the edge of the sword and possessed his land from Arnon to Jabbok, even to the children of Ammon, for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

25. And Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelled in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages. 26. For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, even to Arnon. 27. Therefore those who speak in proverbs say, “Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and established. 28. For a fire has gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon. It has consumed Ar of Moab and the lords of the high places of Arnon. 29. Woe to you, Moab! You are undone, O people of Chemosh. He has rendered his sons fugitives and his daughters captives to Sihon king of the Amorites. 30. We have shot at them. Heshbon has perished even to Divon and we have laid them waste even to Nophah, which reaches to Medeba.”

21:31. And Israel stayed in the land of the Amorites. 32. And Moses sent men to spy out Jazer and they took its villages and drove out the Amorites that were there. 33. And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to the battle at Edrei. 34. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Do not in any way be awed by him! For I have delivered him, all his people, and his land into your hand; and you will do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelled at Heshbon.” 35. So they struck him and his sons and all his people, until no one was left alive and they possessed his land. 22.1. And the children of Israel set forward and pitched in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan by Jericho.

Next week’s Torah readings: Balak

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)