Moses and the Burning Bush

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro(A) his father-in-law, the priest of Midian,(B) and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb,(C) the mountain(D) of God. There the angel of the Lord(E) appeared to him in flames of fire(F) from within a bush.(G) Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called(H) to him from within the bush,(I) “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”(J)

“Do not come any closer,”(K) God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”(L) Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”(M) At this, Moses hid(N) his face, because he was afraid to look at God.(O)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 3:6 Masoretic Text; Samaritan Pentateuch (see Acts 7:32) fathers

In the second month(A) of the second year after their arrival at the house of God in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel(B) son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak and the rest of the people (the priests and the Levites and all who had returned from the captivity to Jerusalem) began the work. They appointed Levites twenty(C) years old and older to supervise the building of the house of the Lord. Joshua(D) and his sons and brothers and Kadmiel and his sons (descendants of Hodaviah[a]) and the sons of Henadad and their sons and brothers—all Levites—joined together in supervising those working on the house of God.

10 When the builders laid(E) the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets,(F) and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise(G) the Lord, as prescribed by David(H) king of Israel.(I) 11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

“He is good;
    his love toward Israel endures forever.”(J)

And all the people gave a great shout(K) of praise to the Lord, because the foundation(L) of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple,(M) wept(N) aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy(O) from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 3:9 Hebrew Yehudah, a variant of Hodaviah

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,(A) how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,(B) and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.(C) 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[a](D)

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times(E)

24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another;(F) every one will be thrown down.”

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives,(G) the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming(H) and of the end of the age?”(I)

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.(J) For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.(K) You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.(L) There will be famines(M) and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 23:39 Psalm 118:26

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