Moses Flees to Midian

11 One day, (A)when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their (B)burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.[a] 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he (C)struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When (D)he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, (E)“Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But (F)Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by (G)a well.

16 Now the (H)priest of Midian had seven daughters, and (I)they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and (J)watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father (K)Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and (L)watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may (M)eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter (N)Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name (O)Gershom, for he said, “I have been a (P)sojourner[b] in a foreign land.”

God Hears Israel's Groaning

23 (Q)During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel (R)groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. (S)Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And (T)God heard their groaning, and God (U)remembered his covenant with (V)Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God (W)saw the people of Israel—and God (X)knew.

The Burning Bush

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the (Y)mountain of God. (Z)And (AA)the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, (AB)God called to him (AC)out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; (AD)take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, (AE)“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for (AF)he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, (AG)“I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their (AH)taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and (AI)I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and (AJ)to bring them up out of that land to a (AK)good and broad land, a land (AL)flowing with milk and honey, to the place of (AM)the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, (AN)the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the (AO)oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 (AP)Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, (AQ)“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, (AR)“But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, (AS)you shall serve God on this mountain.”

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”[c] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: (AT)I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord,[d] the (AU)God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is (AV)my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 16 Go and (AW)gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, (AX)“I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that (AY)I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land (AZ)flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 And (BA)they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel (BB)shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has (BC)met with us; and now, please let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt (BD)will not let you go unless compelled (BE)by a mighty hand.[e] 20 So (BF)I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with (BG)all the wonders that I will do in it; (BH)after that he will let you go. 21 And (BI)I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for (BJ)silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So (BK)you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

Footnotes

  1. Exodus 2:11 Hebrew brothers
  2. Exodus 2:22 Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for sojourner
  3. Exodus 3:14 Or I am what I am, or I will be what I will be
  4. Exodus 3:15 The word Lord, when spelled with capital letters, stands for the divine name, YHWH, which is here connected with the verb hayah, “to be” in verse 14
  5. Exodus 3:19 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew go, not by a mighty hand

10 And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say (A)that first Elijah must come?” 11 He answered, “Elijah does come, and (B)he will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but (C)did to him whatever they pleased. (D)So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” 13 (E)Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon

14 (F)And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has (G)seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and (H)they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and (I)twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? (J)How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus (K)rebuked the demon,[a] and it[b] came out of him, and (L)the boy was healed instantly.[c] 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, (M)“Because of your little faith. For (N)truly, I say to you, (O)if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, (P)you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and (Q)nothing will be impossible for you.”[d]

Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection

22 (R)As they were gathering[e] in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on (S)the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

The Temple Tax

24 (T)When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of (U)the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, (V)“What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or (W)tax? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.[f] Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 17:18 Greek it
  2. Matthew 17:18 Greek the demon
  3. Matthew 17:18 Greek from that hour
  4. Matthew 17:20 Some manuscripts insert verse 21: But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting
  5. Matthew 17:22 Some manuscripts remained
  6. Matthew 17:27 Greek stater, a silver coin worth four drachmas or approximately one shekel

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

22 (A)My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so (B)far from saving me, from the words of my (C)groaning?
O my God, I cry by (D)day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are (E)holy,
    (F)enthroned on (G)the praises[a] of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they (H)cried and were rescued;
    in you they (I)trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am (J)a worm and not a man,
    (K)scorned by mankind and (L)despised by the people.
All who see me (M)mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they (N)wag their heads;
(O)“He trusts in the Lord; let him (P)deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he (Q)delights in him!”

Yet you are he who (R)took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from (S)my mother's womb you have been my God.
11 Be not (T)far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is (U)none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
    (V)strong bulls of (W)Bashan surround me;
13 they (X)open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am (Y)poured out like water,
    and all my bones are (Z)out of joint;
my (AA)heart is like (AB)wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is (AC)dried up like a potsherd,
    and my (AD)tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For (AE)dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers (AF)encircles me;
they have (AG)pierced my hands and feet[b]
17 I can count all my bones—
they (AH)stare and gloat over me;
18 (AI)they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 22:3 Or dwelling in the praises
  2. Psalm 22:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts like a lion [they are at] my hands and feet

And (A)now, O sons, listen to me,
    and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Keep your way far from her,
    and do not go near the door of her house,
lest you give your honor to others
    and your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
    and your (B)labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you (C)groan,
    when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you say, (D)“How I hated discipline,
    and my heart (E)despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
    or incline my ear to my instructors.
14 (F)I am at the brink of utter ruin
    in the assembled congregation.”

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