Holiness and the Priests

21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them, (A)No one shall make himself unclean for the dead among his people, except for his closest relatives, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother, or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean). He shall not make himself unclean as a husband among his people and so profane himself. (B)They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body. They shall be holy to their God and (C)not profane the name of their God. For they offer the Lord's food offerings, (D)the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. (E)They shall not marry a prostitute or a woman who has been defiled, neither shall they marry a woman (F)divorced from her husband, for the priest is holy to his God. You shall sanctify him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for (G)I, the Lord, who sanctify you, (H)am holy. And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; (I)she shall be burned with fire.

10 (J)“The priest who is chief among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, (K)shall not let the hair of his head hang loose nor tear his clothes. 11 He shall not (L)go in to any dead bodies nor make himself unclean, even for his father or for his mother. 12 (M)He shall not go out of the sanctuary, lest he (N)profane the sanctuary of his God, for the (O)consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him: I am the Lord. 13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.[a] 14 A widow, (P)or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, or a prostitute, these he shall not marry. But he shall take as his wife a virgin[b] of his own people, 15 that he may not profane his offspring among his people, for (Q)I am the Lord who sanctifies him.”

16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 17 “Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may (R)approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man (S)blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face (T)or a limb too long, 19 or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, 20 or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a (U)defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or (V)crushed testicles. 21 No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to (W)offer the Lord's food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. 22 He may eat the bread of his God, both of (X)the most holy and of the (Y)holy things, 23 but he shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not (Z)profane my sanctuaries,[c] (AA)for I am the Lord who sanctifies them.” 24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.

22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons so that they (AB)abstain from the holy things of the people of Israel, which they (AC)dedicate to me, so that they do not (AD)profane my holy name: I am the Lord. Say to them, ‘If any one of all your offspring throughout your generations approaches the holy things that the people of Israel dedicate to the Lord, while (AE)he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from my presence: I am the Lord. None of the offspring of Aaron who has a leprous disease or a (AF)discharge may eat of the holy things (AG)until he is clean. (AH)Whoever touches anything that is unclean through contact with the dead or (AI)a man who has had an emission of semen, and (AJ)whoever touches a swarming thing by which he may be made unclean or (AK)a person from whom he may take uncleanness, whatever his uncleanness may be— the person who touches such a thing shall be unclean until the evening and shall not eat of the holy things unless he has (AL)bathed his body in water. When the sun goes down he shall be clean, and afterward he may eat of the holy things, because (AM)they are his food. (AN)He shall not eat what dies of itself or is torn by beasts, and so make himself unclean by it: I am the Lord.’ They shall therefore keep my charge, (AO)lest they bear sin for it and die thereby when they profane it: (AP)I am the Lord who sanctifies them.

10 (AQ)“A lay person shall not eat of a holy thing; no foreign guest of the priest or hired worker shall eat of a holy thing, 11 but if a priest buys a slave[d] as his property for money, the slave[e] may eat of it, and (AR)anyone born in his house may eat of his food. 12 If a priest's daughter marries a layman, she shall not eat of the contribution of the holy things. 13 But if a priest's daughter is widowed or divorced and has no child and (AS)returns to her father's house, (AT)as in her youth, she may eat of her father's food; yet no lay person shall eat of it. 14 (AU)And if anyone eats of a holy thing unintentionally, he shall add (AV)the fifth of its value to it and give the holy thing to the priest. 15 They (AW)shall not profane the holy things of the people of Israel, which they contribute to the Lord, 16 and so cause them (AX)to bear iniquity and guilt, by eating their holy things: (AY)for I am the Lord who sanctifies them.”

Acceptable Offerings

17 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel and say to them, (AZ)When any one of the house of Israel or of the sojourners in Israel presents a burnt offering as his offering, for any of their vows or freewill offerings that they offer to the Lord, 19 if it is to be accepted for you it shall be a (BA)male without blemish, of the bulls or the sheep or the goats. 20 (BB)You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you. 21 And when anyone (BC)offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord (BD)to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or from the flock, to be accepted it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it. 22 Animals (BE)blind or disabled or mutilated or having a discharge or (BF)an itch or scabs you shall not offer to the Lord or give them to the Lord as a food (BG)offering on the altar. 23 You may present a bull or a lamb that has a part (BH)too long or too short for a freewill offering, but for a vow offering it cannot be accepted. 24 Any animal that has its testicles bruised or crushed or torn or cut you shall not offer to the Lord; you shall not do it within your land, 25 neither shall you offer as (BI)the bread of your God any such animals gotten from a foreigner. Since there is a (BJ)blemish in them, because of their mutilation, they will not be accepted for you.”

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 27 (BK)“When an ox or sheep or goat is born, it shall remain seven days with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be acceptable as a food offering to the Lord. 28 But you shall not kill an ox or a sheep (BL)and her young in one day. 29 And when you sacrifice a (BM)sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. 30 It shall be eaten on the same day; (BN)you shall leave none of it until morning: I am the Lord.

31 (BO)“So you shall keep my commandments and do them: I am the Lord. 32 (BP)And you shall not profane my holy name, that (BQ)I may be sanctified among the people of Israel. (BR)I am the Lord who sanctifies you, 33 who brought you out of the land of Egypt (BS)to be your God: I am the Lord.”

Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 21:13 Or a young wife
  2. Leviticus 21:14 Hebrew young woman
  3. Leviticus 21:23 Or my holy precincts
  4. Leviticus 22:11 Or servant; twice in this verse
  5. Leviticus 22:11 Hebrew he

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

31 (A)Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to (B)the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the (C)Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him (D)a man who was deaf and (E)had a speech impediment, and they begged him to (F)lay his hand on him. 33 And (G)taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and (H)after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And (I)looking up to heaven, (J)he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 (K)And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And (L)Jesus[a] charged them to tell no one. But (M)the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were (N)astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

(O)In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, (P)“I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, (Q)“Seven.” And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and (R)having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And (S)having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And (T)they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, (U)seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into (V)the boat with his disciples and went to the district of (W)Dalmanutha.[b]

The Pharisees Demand a Sign

11 (X)The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, (Y)seeking from him (Z)a sign from heaven (AA)to test him. 12 And (AB)he sighed deeply (AC)in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And (AD)he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod

14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; (AE)beware of (AF)the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of (AG)Herod.”[c] 16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And (AH)Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? (AI)Do you not yet perceive (AJ)or understand? (AK)Are your hearts hardened? 18 (AL)Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke (AM)the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And (AN)the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 And they came (AO)to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And (AP)he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when (AQ)he had (AR)spit on his eyes and (AS)laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus[d] laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, (AT)“Do not even enter the village.”

Footnotes

  1. Mark 7:36 Greek he
  2. Mark 8:10 Some manuscripts Magadan, or Magdala
  3. Mark 8:15 Some manuscripts the Herodians
  4. Mark 8:25 Greek he

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Do Not Destroy. A (B)Miktam[a] of David, when he fled from Saul, in (C)the cave.

57 (D)Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul (E)takes refuge;
in (F)the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
    (G)till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
    to God who (H)fulfills his purpose for me.
(I)He will send from heaven and save me;
    he will put to shame (J)him who tramples on me. Selah
(K)God will send out (L)his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

My soul is in the midst of (M)lions;
    I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose (N)teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose (O)tongues are sharp swords.

(P)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

They set (Q)a net for my steps;
    my soul was (R)bowed down.
They (S)dug a pit in my way,
    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
(T)My heart is (U)steadfast, O God,
    my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
    (V)Awake, (W)my glory![b]
Awake, (X)O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your (Y)steadfast love is great to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 (Z)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 57:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 57:8 Or my whole being

15 (A)Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
    but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.

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