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)

Weekly Torah Readings: Korah

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Korah

The Rebellion

16.1. Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab and On, the son of Pelet, sons of Reuben, took courage, 2. and they rose up in front of Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred fifty princes of the congregation, those called to the assembly, men of renown. 3. And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, seeing the entire congregation is holy, everyone of them, and the LORD* is among them. Why do you lift up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD*?” 4. And when Moses heard, he fell upon his face. 5. Then he spoke to Korah and to the whole company saying, “Tomorrow the LORD* will show who are His (2 Tim. 2:19) and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him. Even him whom He has chosen will He cause to come near to Him. 6. Do this: Take fire-pans, Korah and all his company, 7. and put fire in them and put incense in them before the LORD* tomorrow. And it will be that the man whom the LORD* does choose, he will be holy. You take too much upon yourselves, you sons of Levi.” 8. And Moses said to Korah, “Listen, now, you sons of Levi: 9. is it but a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself to do the service of the Tabernacle of the LORD*, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them? 10. And He has brought you near to Him, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you, and seek the priesthood also? 11. For which cause you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD*, and what is Aaron, that you murmur against him?” 12. And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab and they said, “We will not come up. 13. Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land that flows with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness, that you make yourself altogether a prince over us? 14. Moreover you have not brought us into a land that flows with milk and honey or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up.”

16:15. And Moses was very angry and said to the LORD*, “Do not respect their offering! I have not taken one donkey from them, neither have I hurt one of them.” 16. And Moses said to Korah, “You and all your company be before the LORD*: you and they and Aaron, tomorrow. 17. And every man take his fire-pan and put incense in it and every man bring his fire-pan before the LORD*, two hundred fifty fire-pans; you also and Aaron, each of you his fire-pan.” 18. And each man took his fire-pan and put fire in it and laid incense on it, and stood at the door of the Tent of Meeting with Moses and Aaron. 19. And Korah gathered the entire congregation against them at the door of the Tent of Meeting: and the glory of the LORD* appeared to the whole congregation.

16:20. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, 21. “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, so I can consume them in a moment.”

22. And they fell upon their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, will one man sin and will You be angry with the whole congregation?”

16:23. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 24. “Speak to the congregation saying, ‘Get up from around the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’” 25. And Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26. And he spoke to the congregation saying, “Now! Turn away from the tents of these wicked men! (2 Tim. 2:19) Do not touch anything of theirs lest you be consumed in all their sins!

16:27. So they got up from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram on every side, and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood in the door of their tents, their wives, their sons, and their little children. 28. And Moses said, “By this you will know that the LORD* has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own mind. 29. If these men die the common death of all men or if they are visited after the visitation of all men, then the LORD* has not sent me. 30. But if the LORD* does a new thing and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up, with all that are theirs, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have provoked the LORD*.”

16:31. And it happened, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split that was under them, 32. and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, their houses, all the men that were for Korah, and all their goods. 33. They and all that was theirs went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them, and they perished from among the congregation. 34. And all Israel that were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up.” 35. And a fire came out from the LORD* and consumed the two hundred fifty men who offered incense. (Jude 11)

Fire-pans Cover Altar

17.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 2. “Speak to Elazar the son of Aaron the priest, to take up the fire-pans of the burning and scatter the fire yonder, for they are holy. 3. The fire-pans of those who sinned and lost their own lives, let them be used to make broad plates to cover the altar, for they offered them before the LORD*, therefore they are holy and they will be a sign to the children of Israel.” 4. And Elazar the priest took the bronze fire-pans that those who had been burned had offered, and they made broad plates for a covering of the altar 5. to be a memorial for the children of Israel, that no stranger who is not of the seed of Aaron, could come near to offer incense before the LORD*, so he would not be like Korah, and like his company, as the LORD* said to him by the hand of Moses.

More Murmuring

17:6. But on the next day the entire congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron saying, “You have killed the people of the LORD*.” 7. And it was, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the Tent of Meeting and, behold, the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD* appeared. 8. And Moses and Aaron came before the Tent of Meeting. 9. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 10. “Get up from among this congregation, so I can consume them as in a moment.” And they fell upon their faces.

17:11. And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a fire-pan and put fire from it on the altar and put incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for anger has gone out from the LORD*. The plague has begun.” 12. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation and, behold, the plague had begun among the people, and he put incense on it and made atonement for the people. 13. And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed. 14. Now those who died in the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides those that died about the matter of Korah. 15. And Aaron returned to Moses at the door of the Tent of Meeting and the plague was stayed.

17:16. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 17. “Speak to the children of Israel, and each one of them take a staff according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve staffs: write each man’s name upon his staff. 18. And you will write Aaron’s name upon the staff of Levi, for one staff will be for the head of the house of their fathers. 19. And you will lay them up in the Tent of Meeting before the Testimony, where I shall meet with you. 20. And it will be that the staff of the man whom I shall choose will blossom, and I shall make to cease from Me the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you.”

Aaron’s Staff

17:21. And Moses spoke to the children of Israel and each one of their princes gave him a staff, one for each prince, according to their fathers’ houses, twelve staffs, and the staff of Aaron was among their staffs. 22. And Moses laid up the staffs before the LORD* in the Tent of Testimony. 23. And it was on the next day that Moses went into the Tent of Testimony and, behold, for the house of Levi the staff of Aaron had budded and brought forth buds and bloomed blossoms and yielded almonds.

17:24. And Moses brought out all the staffs from before the LORD* to all the children of Israel, and they looked and each man took his staff.

17:25. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Bring Aaron’s staff again before the Testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels, so their murmurings will cease from Me and so they won’t die.” 26. And Moses did so, as the LORD* commanded him, so he did.

17:27. And the children of Israel spoke to Moses saying, “Behold, we are dying, we are perishing, we are all perishing. 28. Everyone who comes near, who comes near the Tabernacle of the LORD* will die. Will we totally perish?”

Highest Standards for Priests

18.1. And the LORD* said to Aaron, “You and your sons and your father’s house with you will bear any sin in the Sanctuary, and you and your sons with you will bear any iniquity of your priesthood. 2. And bring your brothers also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, with you so they can be joined with you and minister with you, but you and your sons with you will minister before the Tent of Testimony. 3. And they will keep your charge and the charge of the entire Tabernacle, only they will not come near the vessels of the Sanctuary and the altar, so neither they nor you would also die. 4. And they will be joined to you and keep the charge of the Tent of Testimony for all the service of the Tabernacle and a stranger will not come near you. 5. And you will keep the charge of the Holy Place and the charge of the altar, so there will no longer be wrath upon the children of Israel. 6. And I AM, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Israel. They are given to you as a gift for the LORD*, to do the service of the Tent of Meeting. 7. Therefore you and your sons with you will keep your priest’s office for everything of the altar and within the veil, and you will serve. I have given your priest’s office to you as a service of gift, and the stranger that comes near will be put to death.”

Heave Offerings for Priests

18:8. And the LORD* spoke to Aaron, “Behold, I also have given you the charge of My heave offerings of all the holy things of the children of Israel. I have given them to you and to your sons by reason of the anointing, by an ordinance forever. 9. This will be yours of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every grain offering of theirs, every sin offering of theirs, and every guilt offering of theirs, which they will render to Me, will be most holy for you and for your sons. 10. You will eat it in the most Holy Place, every male will eat it. It will be holy to you.

18:11. “And this is yours, the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel. I have given them to you and to your sons and to your daughters with you, by a statute forever: everyone that is clean in your house will eat of it.”

Best of Everything for the Priests

18:12. “All the best of the oil, all the best of the wine, of the wheat, the First Fruits of those which they will offer to the LORD*, I have given them to you. 13. And whatever is first ripe in the land, which they will bring to the LORD*, will be yours. Everyone that is clean in your house will eat of it. 14. Everything devoted in Israel will be yours. 15. Everything that opens the womb in all flesh, which they bring to the LORD*, whether it is of men or beasts, will be yours. Nevertheless the firstborn of man you will surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts you will redeem. 16. And those that are to be redeemed from a month old you will redeem, according to your estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs. 17. But the firstling of an ox, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, you will not redeem; they are holy: you will sprinkle their blood on the altar and will burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savor to the LORD*. 18. And their flesh will be yours, as the wave breast and the right shoulder are yours. 19. I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you allthe heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD*, by a statute forever: it is a Covenant of Salt forever before the LORD* to you and to your seed with you.”

Tithe Instead of Inheritance

18:20. And the LORD* spoke to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any part among them. I AM your part and your inheritance among the children of Israel. 21. And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, the service of the Tent of Meeting. 22. Nor may the children of Israel from now on come near the Tent of Meeting, lest they bear sin and die. 23. But the Levites will do the service of the Tent of Meeting and they will bear their iniquity. It will be a statute forever throughout your generations that among the children of Israel Levites have no inheritance. 24. But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as a heave offering to the LORD*, I have given to the Levites to inherit. Therefore I have said to them, Among the children of Israel they will have no inheritance.”

18:25. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 26. “You will speak to the Levites and say to them, When you take from them the tithes of the children of Israel which I have given you for your inheritance, then you will offer a heave offering of it for the LORD*, a tenth of the tithe. 27. And your heave offering will be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the fullness of the wine press. 28. Thus you also will offer a heave offering to the LORD* of all your tithes, which you take from the children of Israel, and you will give from it the LORD’s* heave offering to Aaron the priest. 29. Out of all your gifts you will offer every heave offering of the LORD*, of all the best of it, the holy part of it out of it. 30. Therefore you will say to them, When you have heaved the best of it from it, then it will be counted to the Levites as the increase of the threshing floor and as the increase of the wine press. 31. And you will eat it in every place, you and your households, for it is your reward for your service in the Tent of Meeting. 32. And you will bear no sin by reason of it, when you have heaved from it the best of it: neither will you profane the holy things of the children of Israel, lest you die.”

Next week’s Torah readings: Khukat

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Sh’lah L’kha

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Sh’lah L’kha

Spies Named

13.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 2.Send men for yourself, so they can spy out the land of Canaan, which I AM giving to the children of Israel. You will send a man from each tribe of their fathers, each one a leader among them.” 3. And Moses by the commandment of the LORD* sent them from the wilderness of Paran, all those men were heads of the children of Israel. 4. And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur;  5. of the tribe of Simeon, Shafat the son of Hori; 6. of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh; 7. of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph; 8. of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun; 9. of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Rafu; 10. of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi; 11. from the tribe of Joseph, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi; 12. of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli; 13. of the tribe of Asher, Setur the son of Michael; 14. of the tribe of Naphtali, Nabbi the son of Vofsi; 15. of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

Hoshea Renamed Joshua

13:16. These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua. 17. And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan and said to them, “Go up here in the south, and go up on the mountain 18. and see the land, what it is and the people who live there, whether they are strong or weak, few or many. 19. And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad and what cities there are that they live in, whether in tents or in strongholds. 20. And what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether or not there is wood in it. And be of good courage and bring of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes.

Spies Go Out

13:21. So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, as men come to Hamat. 22. And they ascended by the south and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of the giants were. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23. And they came to the brook of Eshkol and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a staff between two men; and they brought of the pomegranates and of the figs. 24. The place was called the brook Eshkol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from there. 25. And after forty days they returned from spying out the land.

Spies Report

13:26. And they went and came to Moses and to Aaron and to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, to the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh, and brought back word to them and to the whole congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. 27. And they told him and said, “We came to the land where you sent us and surely it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28. But the people that live in the land are strong and the cities are walled, very great! And moreover we saw the children of the giant there. 29. Amalek lives in the land of the south and the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite live in the mountains, and the Canaanites live by the sea and by the Jordan.”

13:30. And Caleb calmed the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

13:31. But the men who went up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out for the children of Israel saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eats up its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it were men of great stature. 33. And there we saw the Nefilim, the sons of Anak (Giant), who come of the Nefilim, and we were in our own sight like grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”

Evil Report Wins

14.1. And the whole congregation lifted up their voice and cried, and the people wept that night. 2. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron and the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or we had died in this wilderness! (1 Cor. 10:10) 3. And why has the LORD* brought us to this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Was it not better for us to return to Egypt?” 4. And they said to one another, “Let us make a captain and let us return to Egypt.”

14:5. Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the entire assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. 6. And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were of those who spied out the land, tore their clothes, 7. and they spoke to the entire company of the children of Israel saying, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8. If the LORD* delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9. Only do not rebel against the LORD*, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us: their defense has departed from them and the LORD* is with us. Do not be in awe them!” 10. But the whole congregation ordered to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the LORD* appeared in the Tent of Meeting before all the children of Israel.

14:11. And the LORD* said to Moses, “How long will this people provoke Me? And how long will it be before they believe Me, for all the signs that I have shown among them? 12. I shall strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and will make of you a greater nation even mightier than they.”

Moses Pleads with the LORD*

14:13. And Moses said to the LORD*, “Then the Egyptians will hear it (for You brought up this people in Your might from among them) 14. and they will tell the inhabitants of this land, for they have heard that You, LORD*, are among this people, that You, LORD*, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands over them, and You go before them, by daytime in a pillar of cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. 15. Now if You will kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard Your fame will speak saying, 16. ‘Because the LORD* was not able to bring this people into the land which He swore to them, therefore He has slain them in the wilderness.’ 17. And now, I beseech you, let the power of my Lord be great, according as You have spoken saying, 18. ‘The LORD* is patient and of great loving kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation.’ (Exod. 34:6,7) 19. Pardon, I beseech you, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your loving kindness, and as You have forgiven this people from Egypt even until now.”

The LORD* Pardons

14:20. And the LORD* said, “I have pardoned according to your word. 21. But as truly as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD*. 22. Because all those men who have seen My glory and My miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness and have tested Me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to My voice. (Heb. 3:8) 23. Surely they will not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither will any of them who provoked Me see it, 24. except My servant Caleb because he had another spirit with him and has followed Me fully, I shall bring him into the land where he went and his seed will possess it. 25. (Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwelled in the valley.) Tomorrow turn and go into the wilderness by the way of the Reed Sea.”

Israel Sentenced to Forty Years in the Wilderness

14:26. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, 27. “How long will I bear with this evil congregation that murmurs against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against Me. 28. Say to them, ‘As truly as I live, says the LORD*, as you have spoken in My ears, so will I do for you: 29. your carcasses will fall in this wilderness and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, that have murmured against Me. (Jude 5) 30. Doubtless you will not come into the land, which I swore to make you dwell in, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31. But your little ones that you said should be a prey, those I shall bring in and they will know the land which you have despised. 32. But as for you, your carcasses will fall in this wilderness. 33. And your children will wander in the wilderness forty years and bear your backslidings, until your carcasses are wasted in the wilderness. 34. After the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, each day for a year, you will bear your iniquities, forty years, and you will know My enmity.’ 35. I AM,the LORD*, I have said, ‘I shall surely do it to all this evil congregation that are gathered together against Me, they will be consumed in this wilderness and there they will die.’”

14:36. And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made the whole congregation to murmur against him by bringing up a slander upon the land, 37. even those men who brought the evil report on the land, died by the plague before the LORD*. 38. Except Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh still lived, who were of the men that went to spy out the land.

14:39. And Moses told these sayings to all the children of Israel and the people mourned greatly. 40. And they rose up early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain saying, “Here we are and we will go up to the place which the LORD* has promised, for we have sinned.”

14:41. And Moses said, “Why do you now trespass the commandment of the LORD*? But it will not succeed. 42. Do not go up so you are not smitten before your enemies, for the LORD* is not among you. 43. For the Amalekite and the Canaanite are there before you, and you will fall by the sword because you turned away from the LORD*, therefore the LORD* will not be with you.” 44. But they presumed to go up to the hilltop, nevertheless the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD* and Moses did not leave the camp. 45. Then the Amalekite and the Canaanite who lived on that hill came down and struck them, and crushed them to Harmah.

Offerings in the Land

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

“When you come into the land of your homes, which I AM giving to you,

3. and will make an offering by fire to the LORD*, a burnt offering or a sacrifice in performing a vow or in a freewill offering or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savor to the LORD* of the herd or of the flock, 4. then he that brings his offering to the LORD* will bring a grain offering of two tenths of an ephah of flour mixed with the fourth of a hin of oil. 5. And you will prepare the fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb. 6. Or for a ram, you will prepare a grain offering two tenth parts of flour mixed with the third of a hin of oil. 7. And for a drink offering you will offer the third of a hin of wine, a sweet savor to the LORD*. 8. And when you prepare a bull, a burnt offering or a sacrifice in performing a vow or peace offerings to the LORD*, 9. then he will bring with a bull a grain offering of three tenths of an Ephah of flour mixed with half a hin of oil.

10. And you will bring for a drink offering half a hin of wine, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor to the LORD*. 11. Thus it will be done for one bull or for one ram or for a lamb or a kid. 12. According to the number that you will prepare, so will you do for everyone according to their number. 13. All that are born of the country will do these things after this manner, in drawing near with an offering made by fire, a sweet savor to the LORD*. 14. And if a stranger lives with you or whoever is among you in your generations, and will make a fire offering of a sweet savor to the LORD*, as you do, so will he do. 15. One ordinance will be both for you of the congregation and also for the stranger that lives among you, an ordinance forever in your generations: as you are, so will the stranger be before the LORD*. 16. One Torah and one manner will be for you and for the stranger who lives with you.”

15:17. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 18. “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them,

“When you come into the land where I bring you, 19. then it will be, that when you eat of the bread of the land you will offer up a heave offering to the LORD*.

20. You will offer up a cake of the first of your dough for a heave offering. As you do the heave offering of the threshing floor, so will you heave it. 21. Of the first of your dough you will give a heave offering to the LORD* in your generations.

15:22. “And if you have erred and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD* has spoken to Moses, 23. all that the LORD* has commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day forward that the LORD* commanded him among your generations, 24. then it will be, if anything has been committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that the entire congregation will offer one young bull for a burnt offering for a sweet savor to the LORD*, with his grain offering and his drink offering, according to the manner and one he goat for a sin offering. 25. And the priest will make atonement for the entire congregation of the children of Israel, and it will be forgiven them, for it is ignorance and they will bring their offering,  a fire offering to the LORD* and their sin offering before the LORD*, for their ignorance, 26. and it will be forgiven the whole congregation of the children of Israel and the stranger who lives among them, seeing all the people were in ignorance.

15:27. “And if any person sins by mistake then he will bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. 28. And the priest will make atonement for the one who sins ignorantly when he sins by mistake before the LORD*, to make atonement for him, and it will be forgiven him. 29. You will have one Torah for him who sins through ignorance, both him who is born among the children of Israel and the stranger who lives among them. 30. But the person that does anything with a high hand, whether he is born in the land or a stranger, he blasphemes the LORD*, and that one will be cut off from among his people. 31. Because he has despised the Word of the LORD* and has broken His commandment, that person will be utterly cut off: his iniquity will be upon him.”

Working on the Sabbath

15:32. And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath. 33. And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to the whole congregation. 34. And they put him in custody because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35. And the LORD* said to Moses, “The man will surely be put to death. The whole congregation will stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36. And the whole congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones and he died, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

Prayer Shawl (Sh’ma, Part 3)

15:37. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 38. “Speak to the children of Israel and bid them to make fringes for themselves in the wings of their garments throughout their generations and that they put upon the fringe of the border a thread of blue, 39. and it will be to you for a fringe, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD* and do them, and that you do not seek after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you used to go astray, 40. so you will remember and do all My commandments and be holy to your God. 41. IAM the LORD* your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I AM the LORD* your God.”

Next week’s Torah readings: Korah

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: B’ha’alot’kha

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

B’ha’alot’kha

8.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses, saying, 2. “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, When you light the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in front of the menorah.” 3. And Aaron did so. He, in front of the menorah, lighted its lamps, as the LORD* commanded Moses. 4. And this work of the menorah was of beaten gold, to its shaft, to its flowers, was beaten work, according to the pattern which the LORD* had shown Moses, so he made the menorah.

Ordination of the Levites

8:5. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 6. “Take the Levites from among the children of Israel and cleanse them. 7. And you will do thus to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle purifying water upon them and let them pass  a razor over all their flesh and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean. 8. Then let them take a young bull with its grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil, and you will take another young bull for a sin offering. 9. And you will bring the Levites in front of the Tent of Meeting and you will gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together, 10. and you will bring the Levites before the LORD*, and the children of Israel will put their hands upon the Levites. 11. And Aaron will offer the Levites before the LORD*, a wave offering of the children of Israel, so they can execute the service of the LORD*. 12. And the Levites will lay their hands upon the heads of the bulls and you will offer one, a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering, to the LORD*, to make atonement for the Levites. 13. And you will set the Levites before Aaron and before his sons and offer them for an offering to the LORD*. 14. Thus you will separate the Levites from among the children of Israel and the Levites will be Mine. 15. And after that the Levites will go in to do the service of the Tent of Meeting and you will cleanse them and offer them for an offering. 16. For they are wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel, instead of those who open every womb, instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, I have taken them to Me. 17. For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are Mine, man and beast: on the day that I struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself. 18. And I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn of the children of Israel. 19. And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the Tent of Meeting, and to make atonement for the children of Israel, so there will be no plague among the children of Israel when the children of Israel come near the Sanctuary.”

8:20. Thus Moses and Aaron and the entire congregation of the children of Israel did to the Levites according to all that the LORD* commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the children of Israel did to them. 21. And the Levites were purified and they washed their clothes and Aaron offered them as an offering before the LORD*, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22. And after that the Levites went in to do their service in the Tent of Meeting before Aaron and before his sons. As the LORD* had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did for them.

8:23. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 24. “This is what pertains to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they will go in to wait upon the service of the Tent of Meeting. 25. And from the age of fifty years they will cease from the warfare and will serve no more, 26. but will minister with their brothers in the Tent of Meeting, to keep the charge and will do no work. Thus will you do to the Levites concerning their charge.”

Passover Instructions

9.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they came out of the land of Egypt saying, 2. “Let the children of Israel also keep the Passover at its appointed season. 3. On the fourteenth day of this month at twilight, you will keep it in its appointed season according to all the rites of it and you will keep it according to all the ceremonies of it.”

9:4. And Moses spoke to the children of Israel that they should keep the Passover. 5. And they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight in the wilderness of Sinai according to all that the LORD* commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did. 6. And there were certain men who were defiled by the dead body of a man, so they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day. 7. And those men said to him, “We are defiled by the dead body of a man, for which are we kept back, so we may not offer an offering of the LORD* in its appointed season among the children of Israel?” 8. And Moses said to them, “Stand still and I shall hear what the LORD* will command concerning you.”

9:9. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 10. “Speak to the children of Israel saying, ‘If any man of you or of your posterity will be unclean by reason of a dead body, or is on a journey afar off, then he will keep the Passover to the LORD*

11. the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight they will keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12. They will leave none of it to the morning, nor break any bone of it: they will keep it according to all the ordinances of the Passover. 13. But the man who is clean, and is not on a journey and fails to keep the Passover, even the same one will be cut off from among his people because he did not bring the offering, lamb, of the LORD* in its appointed season. That man will bear his sin. 14. And if a stranger will sojourn among you and will keep the Passover to the LORD* according to the ordinance of the Passover and according to the manner of it, so will he do: you will have one ordinance, both for the stranger and for the native of the land.’”

Cloud by Day, Fire by Night

9:15. And on the day that the Tabernacle was raised, the cloud covered the Tabernacle, at the Tent of the Testimony, and at evening until the morning there was on the Tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire. 16. So it was always, the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. 17. And when the cloud was taken up from the Tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed and the children of Israel pitched their tents in the place where the cloud stayed. 18. At the commandment of the LORD* the children of Israel journeyed and at the commandment of the LORD* they pitched: as long as the cloud stood over the Tabernacle they rested in their tents. 19. And when the cloud tarried over the Tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD* and did not travel. 20. And sometimes the cloud was a few days over the Tabernacle, then according to the commandment of the LORD* they stayed in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD* they journeyed. 21. And sometimes the cloud remained from evening to morning, and when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed; or a day and a night, when the cloud was taken up, they journeyed. 22. Or whether it was two days or a month or a year that the cloud tarried over the Tabernacle, remaining on it, the children of Israel stayed in their tents and did not journey, but when it was taken up, they journeyed. 23. At the commandment of the LORD* they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD* they journeyed. They kept the charge of the LORD*, at the commandment of the LORD* by the hand of Moses.

Silver Trumpets

10.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses, saying, 2. “Make two silver trumpets for yourself. You will make them of a whole piece so you can use them for the calling of the assembly and for the journeying of the camps. 3. And when they blow with them, the entire assembly will assemble themselves to you at the door of the Tent of Meeting. 4. And if they blow with one trumpet, then the princes who are heads of the thousands of Israel, will gather themselves to you. 5. When you blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts will go forward. 6. When you blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side will take their journey. They will blow an alarm for their journeys. 7. But when the congregation is to be gathered together, you will blow, but you will not sound an alarm. 8. And the sons of Aaron, the priests will blow with the trumpets and they will be for an ordinance forever for you throughout your generations. 9. And if you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then you will blow an alarm with the trumpets and you will be remembered before the LORD* your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. 10. Also in the day of your gladness and in your solemn days and in the beginnings of your months, you will blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings so they will be to you for a memorial before your God. I am the LORD* your God.”

Tabernacle’s First Move

10:11. And it happened on the twentieth day of the second month in the second year that the cloud was taken up from off the Tabernacle of the Testimony. 12. And the children of Israel took their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran. 13. And they took their first journey according to the commandment of the LORD* by the hand of Moses. 14. The standard of the camp of the children of Judah went first according to their armies, and Nahshon the son of Amminadab was over its army. 15. And Nethaniel the son of Zuar was over the army of the tribe of the children of Issachar. 16. And Eliab the son of Helon was over the army of the tribe of the children of Zebulun. 17. And the Tabernacle was taken down and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the Tabernacle. 18. And the standard of the camp of Reuben set forward according to their armies and Elisur the son of Shedeur was over its army. 19. Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai was over the army of the tribe of the children of Simeon. 20. And Eliasaoh the son of Deuel was over the army of the tribe of the children of Gad. 21. And the Kohathites set forward, carrying the Sanctuary, and the others set up the Tabernacle by the time they arrived. 22. And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set forward according to their armies, and Elishama the son of Ammihud was over its army. 23. And Gamliel the son of Pedazhur was over the army of the tribe of the children of Manasseh. 24. And Abidan the son of Gideoni was over the army of the tribe of the children of Benjamin. 25. And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan set forward, the rear guard of all the camps throughout their armies and Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai was over its army. 26. And Pagiel the son of Ochran was over the army of the tribe of the children of Asher. 27. And Ahira the son of Enan was over the army of the tribe of the children of Naphtali. 28. Thus were the travelings of the children of Israel according to their armies, when they set forward.

Jethro, aka Hobab

10:29. And Moses said to Hobab, the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are journeying to the place of which the LORD* said, ‘I shall give it to you.’ Come with us for yourself and we will do you good, for the LORD* has spoken good concerning Israel.”

10:30. And he said to him, “I shall not go, but I shall leave for my own land and to my kindred.”

10:31. And he said, “Do not leave us, I pray you, for as you know we are to make camp in the wilderness and you have been as eyes for us. 32. And it will be, if you go with us – indeed it will be that what goodness the LORD* will do for us, He will do the same for you.”

Rise up LORD*! Your Enemies Will Be Scattered

10:33. And they departed from the mountain of the LORD* for three days’ journey and the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD* went before them on the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them. 34. And the cloud of the LORD* was over them by day, when they went out of the camp. 35. And it was, when the Ark set forward that Moses said, “Arise LORD*! Your enemies will be scattered and those who hate You will flee before You.” 36. And when it rested he said, “Return, LORD*, to the many thousands of Israel.”

The People Complain

11.1. And the people were complaining: it displeased the LORD* and the LORD* heard it, and His anger was kindled and the fire of the LORD* burned among them and consumed those that were in the outermost parts of the camp. 2. And the people cried to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD*, the fire was quenched.

3. And he called the name of the place Taverah because the fire of the LORD* burned among them.

11:4. And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting and the children of Israel also wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5. We remember the fish, which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic, 6. but now our very beings are dried away. There is nothing at all, besides this manna before our eyes.”

11:7. And the manna was like coriander seed and the color of it was the color of bdellium. (John 6:31) 8. The people went around and gathered it and ground it in a mill or beat it in a mortar, then baked it in pans and made cakes of it, and its taste was like the taste of fresh oil. 9. And when the dew fell upon the camp during the night, the manna fell upon it.

11:10. Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, each man in the door of his tent, and the anger of the LORD* was kindled greatly. Moses also was displeased. 11. And Moses said to the LORD*, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You put the burden of all these people on me? 12. Have I conceived all these people? Have I begotten them, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom,’ like a nursing father carries the nursing child, to the land which You have sworn to their fathers? 13. Where should I have meat to give to all these people, for they weep to me saying, ‘Give us meat, so we can eat.’ 14. I am not able to carry all these people alone, because they are too heavy for me. 15. And if You deal this way with me, kill me, I pray You, out of hand! If I have found favor in Your sight then do not let me see my wretchedness!

Seventy Elders Called For

11:16. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them and bring them to the Tent of Meeting, so they can stand there with you. 17. And I shall come down and talk with you there, and I shall take some of the Spirit which is upon you and will put it upon them and they will bear the burden of the people with you, so you won’t bear it yourself alone. 18. And say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and you will eat meat, for you have wept in the ears of the LORD* saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.”’ Therefore the LORD* will give you meat and you will eat. 19. You will not eat one day, or two days, or five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days, 20. but even a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils, and it will be loathsome to you because you have despised the LORD* Who is among you, and have wept before Him saying, ‘Why have we come out of Egypt?’”

11:21. Then Moses said, “The people among whom I am, are six hundred thousand foot soldiers, and You have said, ‘I shall give them meat so they can eat for a whole month.’ 22. Will the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to satisfy them? Or will all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to satisfy them?”

11:23. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Has the LORD’s* hand become short? Now you will see whether My word will come to pass or not!”

11:24. And Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD*, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and set them around the Tent. 25. And the LORD* came down in a cloud and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him and gave it to the seventy elders, and it was, that they prophesied when the Spirit rested upon them, but they did so no longer.

11:26. But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad and the Spirit rested upon them, and they were of those who were written, but did not go out to the Tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. 27. And there ran a young man and told Moses and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, “My lord Moses, forbid them.”

11:29. And Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? God will give, make, all the LORD’s* people prophets, and the LORD* will put His Spirit upon them!” 30. And Moses withdrew into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

11:31. And there went forth a wind from the LORD* and drove up quails from the sea and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and as it were two cubits high over the face of the earth. 32. And the people stood up all that day and all that night and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: the one who gathered least gathered ten homers, and they spread them all abroad for themselves all around the camp. 33. And while the meat was still between their teeth, while it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD* was kindled against the people, and the LORD* struck the people with a very great plague. 34. And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hataavah, because there they buried the people that lusted.

11:35. From Kibroth-hataavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and they stayed at Hazeroth.

Aaron and Miriam Criticize Moses

12.1. And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married, for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2. And they said, “Has the LORD* indeed spoken only with Moses? Has He not spoken also with us?” And the LORD* heard. 3. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all the men on the face of the earth.)

12:4. And the LORD* spoke suddenly to Moses, to Aaron, and to Miriam, “Come out you three to the Tent of Meeting.” And the three came out. 5. And the LORD* came down in the pillar of the cloud and stood in the door of the Tent. He called Aaron and Miriam and they both came forth. 6. And He said, “Now hear My words! If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD*, will make Myself known to him in a vision and will speak to him in a dream. 7. My servant Moses is not one of those, he is faithful in all My house. 8. I speak with him mouth to mouth, even manifestly, and not in dark speeches, (Mark 4:11,34) and he will see the form of the LORD*. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”

12:9. And the anger of the LORD* was kindled against them and He departed. 10. And the cloud left from the Tabernacle and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow and Aaron looked at Miriam and, behold, she was leprous. 11. And Aaron said to Moses, “Alas, my lord, I beseech you, do not lay the sin on us by which we have done foolishly, and in which we have sinned. 12. Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb.”

12:13. Then Moses yelled to the LORD*, saying, “Heal her now! O God, I beseech you!”

12:14. And the LORD* said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? She will be shut out from the camp seven days and after that she will be brought in again.” 15. And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days and the people did not travel until Miriam was brought in again. 16. And afterward the people left from Hazerot and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

Next week’s Torah readings: Sh’lah L’kha

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: Naso

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Naso

Tabernacle Assignments for Sons of Gershon

4:21. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 22.Take also a census of the sons of Gershon, throughout the houses of their fathers, by their families, 23. you will number them from thirty years old and upward until fifty years old, all that enter to perform the service, to do the work in the Tent of Meeting. 24. This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens. 25. And they will carry the curtains of the Tabernacle and the Tent of Meeting, its covering and the covering of the badgers’ skins that are above upon it, the hanging for the door of the Tent of Meeting, 26. the hangings of the court, and the hanging for the door of the gate of the court, which is beside the Tabernacle and all around by the altar, their cords, all the instruments of their service, and all that is made for them so they will serve. 27. All the service of the sons of the Gershonites will be at the appointment of Aaron and his sons in all their burdens and in all their service: and you will appoint to them all their burdens as their charge. 28. This is the service of the families of the sons of Gershon in the Tent of Meeting and their charge will be under the hand of Itamar the son of Aaron the priest.”

Tabernacle Assignments for Sons of Merari

4:29. “As for the sons of Merari, you will number them after their families by the house of their fathers. 30. You will number them from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who enters the service to do the work of the Tent of Meeting. 31. And this is the charge of their burden, according to all their service in the Tent of Meeting; the boards of the Tabernacle, its poles, its pillars and sockets, 32. the pillars of the court all around, their sockets, their pegs and their cords, with all their instruments and with all their service: and by name you will reckon the instruments of the charge of their burden. 33. This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari according to all their service in the Tent of Meeting, under the hand of Itamar the son of Aaron the priest.”

4:34. And Moses and Aaron and the chiefs of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 35. from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone that enters the warfare for the service in the Tent of Meeting: 36. and those that were numbered of them by their families were two thousand seven hundred fifty. 37. These were those who were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all that could do service in the Tent of Meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of the LORD* by the hand of Moses.

4:38. And those that were numbered of the sons of Gershon, throughout their families and by the house of their fathers, 39. from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone that enters the warfare for the work in the Tent of Meeting, 40. even those that were numbered of them, throughout their families by the house of their fathers, were two thousand six hundred thirty. 41. These are those that were numbered from the families of the sons of Gershon, of all that could do warfare in the Tent of Meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of the LORD*.

4:42. And those who were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, throughout their families by the house of their fathers, 43. from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who enters the warfare (service) for the work in the Tent of Meeting, 44. even those that were numbered of them after their families, were three thousand two hundred. 45. These are those that were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the word of the LORD* by the hand of Moses.

4:46. All those that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the chiefs of Israel numbered, after their families and after the house of their fathers, 47. from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone that came to do the warfare (service) of the ministry and the service of the burden in the Tent of Meeting, 48. even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand five hundred eighty. 49. According to the commandment of the LORD* they were numbered by the hand of Moses, everyone according to his service and according to his burden: thus they were numbered by him, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

Unclean Put Out of Camp

5.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 2. “Command the children of Israel to put out of the camp every leper and everyone that has an issue and whoever is defiled by the dead, 3. you will put out both male and female, you will put them outside the camp, so they do not defile their camps in the midst of which I dwell.”

5:4. And the children of Israel did so and put them out outside the camp, as the LORD* spoke to Moses, so did the children of Israel.

5:5. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 6. “Speak to the children of Israel,

“When a man or a woman will commit any sin that people commit, to do a trespass against the LORD* and that person is guilty, 7. then they will confess their sin which they have done and he will pay back his trespass with the principal of it and add to it the fifth of it, and give it to him against whom he has trespassed. 8. But if the man has no kinsman to recompense the guilt to let the guilt be paid back to the LORD*, to the priest, besides the ram of the atonement whereby atonement will be made for him.

5:9. “And every offering of all the holy things of the children of Israel, which they bring to the priest, will be his. 10. And every man’s sanctified things will be his, whatever any man gives the priest, it will be his, the priest’s.”

Jealous Husband

5:11. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 12. “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them,

“If any man’s wife goes aside and acts unfaithfully against him 13. and a man lies carnally with her and it is hidden from her husband’s eyes and is kept secret, and she is defiled and there isno witness against her, nor was she caught in the act, 14. and the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he is jealous of his wife, and she is defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he is jealous of his wife and she has not been defiled: 15. then the man will bring his wife to the priest and he will bring her offering for her, the tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he will pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense on it, for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance. 16. And the priest will bring her near and set her before the LORD*. 17. And the priest will take holy water in an earthen vessel, and the priest will take of the dust that is on the floor of the Tabernacle and put it into the water 18. and the priest will set the woman before the LORD* and uncover the woman’s head and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest will have in his hand the bitter water that causes the curse, 19. and the priest will charge her by an oath and say to the woman, ‘If no man has lain with you and if you have not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of your husband, you are free from this bitter water that causes the curse, 20. but if you have gone aside to another instead of your husband, and if you are defiled and some man besides your husband has lain with you.’ 21. Then the priest will charge the woman with an oath of cursing and the priest will say to the woman, ‘The LORD* make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD* makes your thigh to fall away, and your belly to swell, 22. and this water that causes the curse will go into your body to make your belly swell and your thigh to fall away.’ And the woman will say, ‘Amen. Amen!’ 23. And the priest will write these curses in a book and he will blot them out with the bitter water, 24. and he will cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causes the curse, and the water that causes the curse will enter her,becoming bitter. 25. Then the priest will take the offering for jealousy out of the woman’s hand and will wave the offering before the LORD*, and offer it upon the altar.26. And the priest willtake a handful of the offering,the memorial of it, and burn it upon the altar and afterward will cause the woman to drink the water. 27. And when he has made her drink the water, then it will beif she has been defiled and has acted unfaithfully against her husband, that the water that causes the curse will enter her, becomingbitter, and her belly will swell and her thigh will fall away and the woman will be a curse among her people. 28. And if the woman has not been defiled, but is clean, then she will be free and will conceive seed.

5:29. “This is the instruction for jealousies, when a wife goes aside to another instead of her husband and is defiled, 30. or when the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he is jealous over his wife, and will set the woman before the LORD* and the priest will execute upon her all this teaching. 31. Then the man will be guiltless from iniquity and this woman will bear her iniquity.”

Vow of a Nazirite

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

“When either a man or a woman will separate to vow a vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the LORD*: 3. he will separate himself from wine and strong drink and will drink no vinegar of wine or vinegar of strong drink, neither will he drink any juice of grapes, nor eat moist or dried grapes. 4. All the days of his separation he will eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the stem or even the skin. 5. All the days of the vow of his separation no razor will come upon his head until the days are fulfilled, during which he separates himself to the LORD*, he will be holy and will let the locks of the hair of his head grow. 6. All the days that he separates himself to the LORD* he will not come near a dead body. 7. He will not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die because the consecration of his God is upon his head. 8. All the days of his separation he is holy to the LORD*. 9. And if any man dies very suddenly beside him and he has defiled the head of his consecration, then he will shave his head on the day of his cleansing, he will shave it on the seventh day. 10. And on the eighth day he will bring two turtle-doves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the door of the Tent of Meeting. 11. And the priest will offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him because he sinned by the dead and will sanctify his head that same day. 12. And he will consecrate to the LORD* the days of his separation and will bring a lamb of the first year for a guilt offering, but the days that were before will be lost because his separation was defiled.

6:13. “And this is the instruction for the Nazirite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled he will be brought to the door of the Tent of Meeting 14. and he will offer his offering to the LORD*, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for a peace offering, 15. and a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mixed with oil and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their grain offering, and their drink offerings. 16. And the priest will bring them before the LORD* and will offer his sin offering and his burnt offering. 17. And he will offer the ram, a sacrifice of peace offering to the LORD*, with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest will offer also his grain offering and his drink offering. 18. And the Nazirite will shave the head of his separation at the door of the Tent of Meeting and will take the hair of the head of his separation and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offering. 19. And the priest will take the sodden shoulder of the ram and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and will put them upon the hands of the Nazirite, after the hair of his separation is shaved, 20. and the priest will wave them for a wave offering before the LORD*. This is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder, and after that the Nazirite may drink wine.

6:21. “This is the instruction for the Nazirite who has vowed, and of his offering to the LORD* for his separation, besides that which he is able to give, according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the Torah (Instruction) of his separation.”

Priestly Blessing

6:22. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 23. “Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying, In this way you will bless the children of Israel, saying to them,

24. ‘The LORD* will bless you and He will keep you. 25. The LORD* will make His face to shine upon you and He will be gracious to you. 26. The LORD* will lift His countenance to you and He will establish Shalom for you.’ (1 Chr. 23:13) 27. And they will put My name upon the children of Israel and I will bless them.”

Dedication of the Altar

7.1. And it was on the day that Moses had fully set up the Tabernacle, and had anointed it and sanctified it and all its instruments, both the altar and all its vessels, and had anointed them and sanctified them, 2. so the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers who were the princes of the tribes and were over those who were numbered, offered 3. and they brought their offering before the LORD*, six covered wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for two of the princes and an ox for each one, and they brought them before the Tabernacle. 4. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 5. “Take it from them, so they can do the service of the Tent of Meeting, and you will give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.” 6. And Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. 7. Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service, 8. and four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the hand of Itamar the son of Aaron the priest. 9. But to the sons of Kohath he gave none because the service of the Sanctuary belonging to them was what they would carry upon their shoulders.

7:10. And the princes brought the dedication offering of the altar on the day that it was anointed, even the princes brought their offering before the altar. 11. And the LORD* said to Moses, “One prince a day, one a day, will offer an offering on his day for the dedication of the altar.”

7:12. And he who brought his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab of the tribe of Judah. 13. And his offering was one silver basin, the weight of it was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels after the shekel of the Sanctuary. Both of them were full of fine flour mixed with oil for a meal offering, 14. one spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense, 15. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 16. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 17. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

7:18. On the second day Nethaniel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar, did offer. 19. He brought his offering of one silver basin, the weight of which was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 20. one gold spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 21. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 22. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 23. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Nethaniel the son of Zuar.

7:24. On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, prince of the children of Zebulun,25. his offering was one silver basin, the weight of which was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 26. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 27. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 28. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 29. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.

7:30. On the fourth day Elisur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben,31. his offering was one silver basin of the weight of a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for  a meal offering, 32. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 33. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 34. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 35. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Elisur the son of Shedeur.

7:36. On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon, 37. his offering was one silver basin, the weight of which was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 38. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 39. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 40. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 41. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

7:42. On the sixth day Eliasaf the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad,

43. his offering was one silver basin of the weight of a hundred thirty shekels, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 44. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 45. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering,   46. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 47. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This wasthe offering of Eliasaf the son of Deuel.

7:48. On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim,49. his offering was one silver basin, the weight of which was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 50. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 51. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering, 52. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 53. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.

7:54. On the eighth day Gamliel the son of Pedazhur, prince of the children of Manasseh,55. his offering was one silver basin of the weight of a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for  a grain offering, 56. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 57. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 58. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 59. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Gamliel the son of Pedazhur.

7:60. On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin, 61. his offering was one silver basin, the weight of which was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 62. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 63. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 64. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 65. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni.

7:66. On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, prince of the children of Dan,67. his offering was one silver basin, the weight of which was  a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 68. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 69. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 70. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 71. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

7:72. On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ochran, prince of the children of Asher, 73. his offering was one silver basin, the weight of which was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 74. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 75. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 76. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 77. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ochran.

7:78. On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali,79. his offering was one silver basin, the weight of which was a hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 80. one golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense, 81. one young bull, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, 82. one male of the goats for a sin offering, 83. and for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.

7:84. This was the dedication of the altar, on the day when it was anointed by the princes of Israel: twelve basins of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve spoons of gold. 85. Each silver basin weighing a hundred and thirty shekels, each bowl seventy, all the silver vessels weighed two thousand four hundred shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary. 86. There were twelve golden spoons full of incense, weighing ten shekels apiece, after the shekel of the Sanctuary: all the gold of the spoons was a hundred twenty shekels. 87. Allthe oxen for the burnt offering were twelve bulls, twelve rams, twelve lambs of the first year, with their grain offerings, and twelve males of the goats for sin offering. 88. And twenty-four bulls were all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offering, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty. This was the dedication of the altar, after it was anointed.

7:89. And when Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with Him, then he heard the voice of One speaking to him from the cover that was upon the Ark of Testimony, from between the two cherubim and He spoke to him.

Next week’s Torah readings: B’ha’alot’kha

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: B’midbar

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

B’midbar

Census

1.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt saying,

1:2. “Take the number of the whole congregation of the children of Israel after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls, 3. from twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: you and Aaron will number them by their armies. 4. And there will be a man from every tribe with you, each one head of the house of his fathers. 5. And these are the names of the men that will stand with you; fromReuben, Elisur the son of Shedeur. 6. From Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 7. From Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab. 8. From Issachar, Nethaniel the son of Zuar. 9. From Zebulun, Eliab the son of Helon. 10. From the children of Joseph, from Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud: from Manasseh, Gamliel the son of Pedazhur. 11. From Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni. 12. From Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 13. From Asher, Pagiel the son of Ochran. 14. From Gad, Eliasaf the son of Deuel. 15. From Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.”

1:16. These were those of the congregation who were called, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel. 17. And Moses and Aaron took these men that were specified by their names. 18. And they assembled the whole congregation together on the first day of the second month and they were listed according to their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls. 19. Moses numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai, as the LORD* commanded.

1:20. And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, by their polls every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 21. Those that were numbered of themwere forty-six thousand five hundred from the tribe of Reuben.

1:22. From the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them according to the number of the names, by their polls every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 23. Those who were numbered of them were fifty-nine thousand three hundredof the tribe of Simeon.

1:24. From the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 25. Those that were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred fifty of the tribe of Gad.

1:26. From the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 27. Those that were numbered of themwere seventy-four thousand six hundred of the tribe of Judah.

1:28. From the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 29. Those that were numbered of them were fifty-four thousand four hundredof the tribe of Issachar.

1:30. From the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 31. Those that were numbered of themwerefifty-seven thousand four hundred of the tribe of Zebulun.

1:32. From the children of Joseph, of the children of Ephraim by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 33. Those that were numbered of them were forty thousand five hundredof the tribe of Ephraim.

1:34. From the children of Manasseh by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 35. Those that were numbered of them were thirty-two thousand two hundredof the tribe of Manasseh.

1:36. From the children of Benjamin by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 37. Those that were numbered of themwere thirty-five thousand four hundred of the tribe of Benjamin.

1:38. From the children of Dan by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 39. Those that were numbered of themwere sixty-two thousand seven hundred of the tribe of Dan.

1:40. From the children of Asher by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 41. Those that were numbered of themwere forty-one thousand five hundred of the tribe of Asher.

1:42. From the children of Naphtali throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 43. Those that were numbered of themwere fifty-three thousand four hundred of the tribe of Naphtali.

1:44. These are those that were numbered, whom Moses and Aaron and the princes of Israel numbered,twelve men: each one was for the house of- his fathers. 45. So those were all that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel. 46. All those who were numbered were six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty. 47. But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

1:48. For the LORD* had spoken to Moses saying, 49. “You will not number only the tribe of Levi, neither will you take the sum of them among the children of Israel, 50. but you will appoint the Levites over the Tabernacle, over all its vessels, and over all things that belong to it. They will bear the Tabernacle and all its vessels, and they will serve it and will camp around the Tabernacle. 51. And when the Tabernacle moves, the Levites will take it down and when the Tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites will set it up, and the insolent, godless one that comes near will be put to death. 52. And the children of Israel will pitch their tents, each man by his own camp and each man by his own standard, throughout their armies. 53. But the Levites will pitch around the Tabernacle of Testimony so there will be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel, and the Levites will keep the charge of the Tabernacle of Testimony.”

1:54. And the children of Israel did so according to all that the LORD* commanded Moses, so they did.

The Camp is Organized

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

2:2. “Each man of the children of Israel will pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house, they will pitch far off around the Tent of Meeting. 3. And on the east side toward the rising of the sun those of the standard of the camp of Judah will pitch throughout their armies, and Nahshon the son of Amminadab is captain of the children of Judah. 4. And his army and those that were numbered of them wereseventy-four thousand six hundred. 5. And those that pitch next to him will be the tribe of Issachar, and Nethaniel the son of Zuar is captain of the children of Issachar. 6. And his army and those that were numbered of it were fifty-four thousand four hundred. 7. The tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son of Helon is captain of the children of Zebulun. 8. And his army and those that were numbered of it were fifty-seven thousand four hundred. 9. All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were a hundred eighty-six thousand four hundred, throughout their armies. These will set forth first.

2:10. “The standard of the camp of Reuben will be on the south side according to their armies and Elisur the son of Shedeur is the captain of the children of Reuben. 11. And his army and those that were numbered of it were forty-six thousand five hundred. 12. And those that pitch next to him will bethe tribe of Simeon and Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai is the captain of the children of Simeon. 13. And his army and those that were numbered of them were fifty-nine thousand three hundred. 14. Then the tribe of Gad and Eliasaf the son of Reuel is the captain of the sons of Gad. 15. And his army and those that were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred fifty.

2:16. “All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben were a hundred fifty-one thousand four hundred fifty, throughout their armies. And they will set forth in the second rank.

2:17. “Then the Tent of Meeting will set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camps: as they camp, so will they set forward, each man in his place by their standards.

2:18. “The standard of the camp of Ephraim will be on the west side according to their armies and Elishama the son of Ammihud is the captain of the sons of Ephraim. 19. And his army and those that were numbered of them were forty thousand five hundred. 20. And the tribe of Manasseh will be next to him and Gamliel the son of Pedazhur is the captain of the children of Manasseh. 21. And his army and those that were numbered of them were thirty-two thousand two hundred. 22. Then the tribe of Benjamin and Abidan the son of Gideoni is the captain of the sons of Benjamin. 23. And his army and those that were numbered of them were thirty-five thousand four hundred. 24. All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim were a hundred eight thousand one hundred, throughout their armies. And they will go forward in the third rank.

2:25. “The standard of the camp of Dan will be on the north side by their armies and Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai is the captain of the children of Dan. 26. And his army and those that were numbered of them were sixty-two thousand seven hundred. 27. And those that camp beside him will bethe tribe of Asher and Pagiel the son of Ochran is the captain of the children of Asher. 28. And his army and those that were numbered of them were forty-one thousand five hundred. 29. Then the tribe of Naphtali andAhira the son of Enan is the captain of the children of Naphtali. 30. And his army and those that were numbered of them were fifty-three thousand four hundred. 31. All those that were numbered in the camp of Dan were a hundred fifty-seven thousand six hundred. They will go last with their standards.”

2:32. These are those that were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their armies were six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty. 33. But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

2:34. And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD* commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, everyone after their families, according to the house of their fathers.

Descendants of Aaron and Moses

3.1. These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses on the day the LORD* spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. 2. And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn and Abihu, Elazar, and Itamar. 3. These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests that were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office. 4. And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD* when they offered strange fire before the LORD* in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Elazar and Itamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.

3:5. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 6. “Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest so they can minister to him. 7. And they will keep his charge and the charge of the whole congregation before the Tent of Meeting, to do the service of the Tabernacle. 8. And they will keep all the vessels of the Tent of Meeting and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the Tabernacle. 9. And you will give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons, they are wholly given to him from the children of Israel. 10. And you will appoint Aaron and his sons and they will guard their priest’s office, and the insolent, godless one that comes near will be put to death.”

3:11. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 12. “And I AM, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn that opens the womb among the children of Israel, therefore the Levites will be Mine

13. because all the firstborn are Mine.On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified for Myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast. They will be Mine. I AM the LORD*!”

Levites Numbered

3:14. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai saying,

15. “Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: you will number every male from a month old and upward.” 16. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD*, as he was commanded. 17. And these were the sons of Levi by their names, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 18. And these arethe names of the sons of Gershon by their families, Libni and Shimi. 19. And the sons of Kohath by their families, Amram, Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 20. And the sons of Merari by their families, Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.

3:21. The family of Libnites and the family of Shimites were from Gershon, these are the families of the Gershonites. 22. Those that were numbered of them according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, those that were numbered of them were seven thousand five hundred. 23. The families of the Gershonites will pitch behind the Tabernacle westward. 24. And Eliasaf the son of Lael is the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites. 25. And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the Tent of Meeting of the Tabernacle, will be the Tent, its covering, the hanging for the door of the Tent of Meeting, 26. the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which surrounded the Tabernacle and the altar, and its cords for all its service.

3:27. And from Kohath were the family of the Amramaites, the family of the Izharites, the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites. 28. The number of all the males, from a month old and upward, was eight thousand six hundred keeping the charge of the Sanctuary. 29. The families of the sons of Kohath will pitch on the side of the Tabernacle southward. 30. And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites will be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. 31. And their charge will be the Ark, the table, the menorah, the altars, the vessels of the Sanctuary with which they minister, the hanging, and all its service. 32. And Elazar the son of Aaron the priest will be chief over the chief of the Levites, having the oversight of those who keep the charge of the Sanctuary.

3:33. The family of the Mahlites was from Merari and the family of the Mushites. These arethe families from Merari. 34. And those that were numbered of them according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand two hundred. 35. And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail, these will pitch on the side of the Tabernacle northward. 36. And the boards of the Tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, all its vessels, and all who serve there will be under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari, 37. along with the pillars all around the court, their sockets, their pegs, and their cords.

3:38. But those that camp in front of the Tabernacle toward the east, in front of the Tent of Meeting eastward, will be Moses and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the Sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel: and the stranger that comes near will be put to death.

3:39. All that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD*, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward were twenty-two thousand.

Levites Taken Instead of Firstborn

3:40 And the LORD* said to Moses, “Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward and take the number of their names. 41. And you will take the Levites for Me, I AM the LORD*, instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel and the livestock of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the livestock of the children of Israel.”

3:42. And Moses numbered all the firstborn as the LORD* commanded him among the children of Israel. 43. And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty-two thousand two hundred seventy-three.

3:44. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 45. “Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites instead of their livestock, and the Levites will be Mine. I AM the LORD*. 46. And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred seventy-three of the firstborn of the children of Israel that are left over from the Levites, 47. you will even take five shekels apiece by the poll after the shekel of the Sanctuary will you take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs) 48. and you will give the money, with which the odd number of them is to be redeemed, to Aaron and to his sons.”

3:49. And Moses took the redemption money of those who were over and above those who were redeemed by the Levites. 50. He took the money of the firstborn of the children of Israel, a thousand three hundred sixty-five shekels after the shekel of the Sanctuary. 51. And Moses gave the money of those who were redeemed to Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD*, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

Tabernacle Assignments for Sons of Kohath

4.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, 2. “Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, 3. from thirty years old and upward, even until fifty years old, all who enter the army to do the work in the Tent of Meeting. 4. This will be the service of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting, about the most holy things, 5. and when the camp sets forward, Aaron and his sons will come and they will take down the covering veil and cover the Ark of Testimony with it, 6. and will put on it the covering of badgers’ skins and will spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and will put in its poles. 7. And upon the table of showbread they will spread a cloth of blue and put on it the dishes, the spoons, the purifying vessels, and the bowls to pour with, and the continual bread will be on it. 8. And they will spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers’ skins, and will put in its poles.

9. And they will take a cloth of blue, and cover the menorah of the light, its lamps, its tongs, its snuffers, and all its oil vessels with which they minister to it. 10. And they will put it and all its vessels within a covering of badgers’ skins and will put it upon a pole. 11. And they will spread a cloth of blue upon the golden altar and cover it with a covering of badgers’ skins and will put in its poles, 12. and they will take all the vessels of ministry, with which they minister in the Sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue and cover them with a covering of badgers’ skins, and will put them on a pole, 13. and they will take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it. 14. And they will put upon it all its vessels, with which they minister around it, the fire-pans, the flesh-hooks, the shovels, and the basins, all the vessels of the altar. And they will spread upon it a covering of badgers’ skins and put in its poles. 15. And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the Sanctuary and all the vessels of the Sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward. After that, the sons of Kohath will come to bear it, but they will not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting.

4:16. “And to the office of Elazar the son of Aaron the priest arethe oil for light, the sweet incense, the daily meal offering, the anointing oil, the oversight of the entire Tabernacle and of all that is in it, in the Sanctuary, and in its vessels.”

4:17. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, 18. “Do not cut off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites, 19. but do thus to them, so they may live and not die when they approach the most holy things: Aaron and his sons will go in and appoint them, each one, to his service and to his burden, 20. but they will not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.”

Next week’s Torah readings: Naso

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Weekly Torah Readings: B’hukotai

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

B’hukotai

God’s Favor

26:3. “If you will walkin My statutes and keep My commandments and do them, 4. then I shall give you rain in due season and the land will yield its increase and the trees of the field will yield their fruit. 5. And your threshing will reach to the vintage and the vintage will reach to the sowing time, and you will eat your bread to the full and live safely in your land.  6. And I shall give peace in the land, and you will lie down, and no one will make you afraid, and I shall get rid of terrible beasts from the land, neither will the sword go through your land. 7. And you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword. 8. And five of you will chase a hundred and a hundred of you will put ten thousand to flight and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. 9. For I will have respect for you and make you fruitful and multiply you and I will establish My covenant with you. 10. And you will eat old store and bring out the old because of the new. 11. And I will set My Tabernacle among you, and My very being will not abhor you. 12. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you will be My people. (2 Cor. 5:16, Rev. 21:3) 13. I AM the LORD* your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, so you would not be their bond men, and I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you go upright.”

God’s Anger

26:14. “But if you will not hearken to Me and will not do all these commandments, 15. and if you despise My statutes, or if your very being abhors My judgments, so you will not do all My commandments, but you break My covenant, 16. then I shall do this to you; I shall even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning fever that will consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart, and you will sow your seed in vain, for your enemies will eat it. 17. And I shall set My face against you and you will be slain before your enemies. Those who hate you will reign over you and you will flee when no one pursues you.

26:18. “And if you will not yet hearken to Me for all this, then I shall punish you seven times more for your sins. 19. And I shall break your powerful pride and I shall make your heaven as iron and your earth as bronze, 20. and your strength will be spent in vain, for your land will not yield her increase, neither will the trees of the land yield their fruits.

26:21. “And if you walk contrary to Me and will not hearken to Me I shall bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. (Rev. 15:1) 22. I shall also send wild beasts among you, which will rob you of your children and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number, and your highways will be desolate. 23. If you will not be redeemed by Me by these things, but will walk contrary to Me, 24. then I shall also walk contrary to you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. 25. And I shall bring a sword upon you that will avenge the quarrel of My covenant, and when you are gathered together within your cities, I shall send the pestilence among you, and you will be delivered into the hand of the enemy. 26. And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven and they will deliver you your bread again by weight, and you will eat and not be satisfied.

26:27. “And if you will not hearken to Me for all this, but walk contrary to Me, 28. then I shall walk contrary to you also in fury and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins, 29. and you will eat the flesh of your sons and you will eat the flesh of your daughters. 30. And I shall destroy your high places and cut down your images and cast your carcasses upon the carcases of your idols, and My Very Being will abhor you, 31. and I shall make your cities waste and bring your Sanctuaries to desolation, and I shall not smell the savor of your sweet odors. 32. And I shall bring the land into desolation and your enemies who live there will be astonished at it.

33. And I shall scatter you among the nations, and will draw out a sword after you, and your land will be desolate and your cities waste. 34. Then the land will enjoy her Sabbaths, as long as it lies desolate and you arein your enemies’ land, even then the land will rest and enjoy her Sabbaths. 35. As long as it lies desolate it will rest because it did not rest in your Sabbaths when you lived in it. 36. And upon those of you who are left I shall send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies, and the sound of a shaken leaf will chase them and they will flee, as fleeing from a sword, and they will fall when no one pursues. 37. And they will fall one upon another, as it were before a sword when no one pursues, and you will have no power to stand before your enemies. 38. And you will perish among the nations and the land of your enemies will eat you up. 39. And those of you that are left will pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands, and also in the iniquities of their fathers will they pine away with them. 40. If they will confess their iniquity and the iniquities of their fathers, with their treachery which they acted treacherously against Me, and that also they have walked contrary to Me, 41. and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies, if then their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they then accept the punishment of their iniquity, 42. then I shall remember My covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac and I shall also remember My covenant with Abraham, and I shall remember the land.43. The land also will be left of them and will enjoy its Sabbaths while it lies desolate without them, and they will accept of the punishment of their iniquities because, even because they despised My judgments, and because their soul abhorred My statutes. 44. And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies,     I shall not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly and to break My covenant with them for I AMthe LORD* their God. 45. But I shall for their sake remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, so I would be their God. I AM the LORD*!”

26:46. These are the statutes and judgments and teachings, which the LORD* made between Himself and the children of Israel in Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

Vows

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

“When a man makes a singular vow, the persons will be for the LORD* by your estimation. 3. And if your estimation is of the male from twenty years old even to sixty years old then your estimation will be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the Sanctuary. 4. And if it isa female, then your estimation will be thirty shekels. 5. And if it is from five years old even to twenty years old, then your estimation will be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels. 6. And if it is from a month old even to five years old, then your estimation will be for the male five shekels of silver and for the female your estimation will be three shekels of silver. 7. And if it isfrom sixty years old and above, if it is male then your estimation will be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels. 8. But if he is poorer than your estimation, then he will present himself before the priest, and the priest will value him according to the ability of the one who vowed will the priest value him.

27:9. “And if it is an animal, of which men bring an offering to the LORD*, all that anyonegives of such to the LORD* will be holy. 10. He will not alter it, or change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he will at all change animal for animal, then it and the exchange for it will be holy. 11. And if it isany unclean animal, of which they do not offer an offering to the LORD*, then he will present the beast before the priest 12. and the priest will estimate it, whether it is good or bad: according to the estimation of the priest, so will it be. 13. But if he will at all redeem it, then he will add a fifth of it to your estimation.

27:14. “And when a man sanctifies his house to be holy to the LORD*, then the priest will estimate it, whether it is good or bad: as the priest will estimate it, so will it stand. 15. And if he who sanctified it will redeem his house, then he will add the fifth ofthe money of your estimation to it, and it will be his.

27:16. “And if a man sanctifies to the LORD* part of a field of his possession, then your estimation will be according to its seed, a homer of barley seed will be valued at fifty shekels of silver. 17. If he sanctifies his field from the year of jubilee, it will stand according to your estimation. 18. But if he sanctifies his field after the jubilee, then the priest will reckon to him the money according to the years that remain, even to the year of the jubilee, and it will be deducted from your estimation. 19. And if he who sanctified the field will in any way redeem it, then he will add the fifth of the money of your estimation to it, and it will be assured to him. 20. And if he will not redeem the field, or if he has sold the field to another man, it will not be redeemed any more. 21. But the field, when it goes out in the jubilee, will be holy to the LORD*, as a field devoted; the possession of it will be the priest’s.

27:22. “And if hesanctifies to the LORD* a field which he has bought, which is not of the fields of his possession, 23. then the priest will reckon to him the value of your estimation to the year of the jubilee, and he will give your estimation in that day, a holy thing to the LORD*. 24. In the year of the jubilee the field will return to him from whom it was bought, to him to whom the possession of the land did belong. 25. And all your estimations will be according to the shekel of the Sanctuary: twenty gerahs will be the shekel.

27:26. “Only the firstling of the animals, which should be the LORD’s* firstling, no man will sanctify it, whether it is an ox, or sheep: it is the LORD’s*. 27. And if it is of an unclean beast, then he will redeem it according to your estimation and will add a fifth of it to it, or, if it is not redeemed, then it will be sold according to your estimation.

27:28. “But no devoted thing that a man will devote to the LORD* of all that he has, of man and animal and of the field of his possession, will be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy to the LORD*. 29. Nothing devoted, which will be devoted of men, will be redeemed, itwill surely be put to death.

27:30. “And all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land, of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s*: it isholy to the LORD*. 31. And if a man will at all redeem anythingof his tithes, he will add to it the fifth of it. 32. And concerning the tithe of the herd or of the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth will be holy to the LORD*. 33. He will not seek whether it is good or bad, neither will he change it: and if he changes it at all, then both it and the change of it will be holy, it will not be redeemed.”

27:34. These are the commandments, which the LORD* commanded Moses for the children of Israel in Mount Sinai.

Next week’s Torah readings: B’midbar

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)