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Numbers 7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 7

Offerings of the Tribal Leaders. Now, when Moses had completed the erection of the tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it with all its equipment, as well as the altar with all its equipment. After he anointed and consecrated them, an offering was made by the tribal leaders of Israel, who were heads of ancestral houses, the same leaders of the tribes who supervised those enrolled. The offering they brought before the Lord consisted of six wagons for baggage and twelve oxen, that is, a wagon for every two tribal leaders, and an ox for each. These they presented before the tabernacle.

The Lord then said to Moses: Accept their offering, that these things may be put to use to maintain the tent of meeting. Assign them to the Levites, to each according to his duties. So Moses accepted the wagons and oxen, and assigned them to the Levites. He gave two wagons and four oxen to the Gershonites according to their duties, and four wagons and eight oxen to the Merarites according to their duties, under the supervision of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest. He gave none to the Kohathites, because they were responsible for maintenance of the sacred objects that had to be carried on their shoulders.

10 For the dedication of the altar also, the tribal leaders brought offerings when it was anointed; the leaders presented their offering before the altar. 11 But the Lord said to Moses: Let one leader each day present his offering for the dedication of the altar.

12 [a]The one who presented his offering on the first day was Nahshon, son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah. 13 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 14 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 15 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 16 one goat for a purification offering; 17 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Nahshon, son of Amminadab.

18 On the second day Nethanel, son of Zuar, tribal leader of Issachar, made his offering. 19 He presented as his offering one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 20 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 21 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 22 one goat for a purification offering; 23 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Nethanel, son of Zuar.

24 On the third day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Zebulunites, Eliab, son of Helon. 25 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 26 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 27 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 28 one goat for a purification offering; 29 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Eliab, son of Helon.

30 On the fourth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Reubenites, Elizur, son of Shedeur. 31 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 32 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 33 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 34 one goat for a purification offering; 35 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Elizur, son of Shedeur.

36 On the fifth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Simeonites, Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai. 37 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 38 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 39 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 40 one goat for a purification offering; 41 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai.

42 On the sixth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Gadites, Eliasaph, son of Reuel. 43 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 44 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 45 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 46 one goat for a purification offering; 47 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Eliasaph, son of Reuel.

48 On the seventh day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Ephraimites, Elishama, son of Ammihud. 49 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 50 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 51 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 52 one goat for a purification offering; 53 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Elishama, son of Ammihud.

54 On the eighth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Manassites, Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur. 55 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 56 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 57 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 58 one goat for a purification offering; 59 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur.

60 On the ninth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Benjaminites, Abidan, son of Gideoni. 61 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 62 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 63 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 64 one goat for a purification offering; 65 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Abidan, son of Gideoni.

66 On the tenth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Danites, Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai. 67 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 68 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 69 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 70 one goat for a purification offering; 71 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai.

72 On the eleventh day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Asherites, Pagiel, son of Ochran. 73 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing one hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 74 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 75 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 76 one goat for a purification offering; 77 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Pagiel, son of Ochran.

78 On the twelfth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Naphtalites, Ahira, son of Enan. 79 His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 80 one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 81 one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 82 one goat for a purification offering; 83 and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Ahira, son of Enan.

84 These were the offerings for the dedication of the altar, given by the tribal leaders of Israel on the occasion of its anointing: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, and twelve gold cups. 85 Each silver plate weighed a hundred and thirty shekels, and each silver basin seventy, so that all the silver of these vessels amounted to two thousand four hundred shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel. 86 The twelve gold cups that were filled with incense weighed ten shekels apiece, according to the sanctuary shekel, so that all the gold of the cups amounted to one hundred and twenty shekels. 87 The animals for the burnt offerings were, in all, twelve bulls, twelve rams, and twelve yearling lambs, with their grain offerings; those for the purification offerings were twelve goats. 88 The animals for the communion sacrifices were, in all, twenty-four bulls, sixty rams, sixty he-goats, and sixty yearling lambs. These, then, were the offerings for the dedication of the altar after it was anointed.

The Voice. 89 When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with God, he heard the voice addressing him from above the cover on the ark of the covenant, from between the two cherubim; and so it spoke to him.

Footnotes:

  1. 7:12–88 The repetitious account of the same offerings brought by each of the twelve tribal leaders and the summary of them are characteristic of an official registration.
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Psalm 73 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Third Book—Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73[a]

The Trial of the Just

A psalm of Asaph.

How good God is to the upright,
    to those who are pure of heart!

I

But, as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
    my steps had nearly slipped,
Because I was envious of the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For they suffer no pain;
    their bodies are healthy and sleek.
They are free of the burdens of life;
    they are not afflicted like others.
Thus pride adorns them as a necklace;
    violence clothes them as a robe.
Out of such blindness comes sin;
    evil thoughts flood their hearts.
They scoff and spout their malice;
    from on high they utter threats.
[b]They set their mouths against the heavens,
    their tongues roam the earth.
10 [c]So my people turn to them
    and drink deeply of their words.
11 They say, “Does God really know?”
    “Does the Most High have any knowledge?”
12 Such, then, are the wicked,
    always carefree, increasing their wealth.

II

13 Is it in vain that I have kept my heart pure,
    washed my hands in innocence?
14 For I am afflicted day after day,
    chastised every morning.
15 Had I thought, “I will speak as they do,”
    I would have betrayed this generation of your children.
16 Though I tried to understand all this,
    it was too difficult for me,
17 Till I entered the sanctuary of God
    and came to understand their end.[d]

III

18 You set them, indeed, on a slippery road;
    you hurl them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly they are devastated;
    utterly undone by disaster!
20 They are like a dream after waking, Lord,
    dismissed like shadows when you arise.

IV

21 Since my heart was embittered
    and my soul deeply wounded,
22 I was stupid and could not understand;
    I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23 Yet I am always with you;
    you take hold of my right hand.
24 With your counsel you guide me,
    and at the end receive me with honor.[e]
25 Whom else have I in the heavens?
    None beside you delights me on earth.
26 Though my flesh and my heart fail,
    God is the rock of my heart, my portion forever.
27 But those who are far from you perish;
    you destroy those unfaithful to you.
28 As for me, to be near God is my good,
    to make the Lord God my refuge.
I shall declare all your works
    in the gates of daughter Zion.[f]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 73 The opening verse of this probing poem (cf. Ps 37; 49) is actually the psalmist’s hard-won conclusion from personal experience: God is just and good! The psalmist describes near loss of faith (Ps 73:2–3), occasioned by observing the wicked who blasphemed God with seeming impunity (Ps 73:4–12). Feeling abandoned despite personal righteousness, the psalmist could not bear the injustice until an experience of God’s nearness in the Temple made clear how deluded the wicked were. Their sudden destruction shows their impermanence (Ps 73:13–20). The just can thus be confident, for, as the psalmist now knows, their security is from God (Ps 73:1, 23–28).
  2. 73:9 They set their mouths against the heavens: in an image probably derived from mythic stories of half-divine giants, the monstrous speech of the wicked is likened to enormous jaws gaping wide, devouring everything in sight.
  3. 73:10 The Hebrew is obscure.
  4. 73:17 And came to understand their end: the psalmist receives a double revelation in the Temple: 1) the end of the wicked comes unexpectedly (Ps 73:18–20); 2) God is with me.
  5. 73:24 And at the end receive me with honor: a perhaps deliberately enigmatic verse. It is understood by some commentators as reception into heavenly glory, hence the traditional translation, “receive me into glory.” The Hebrew verb can indeed refer to mysterious divine elevation of a righteous person into God’s domain: Enoch in Gn 5:24; Elijah in 2 Kgs 2:11–12; the righteous psalmist in Ps 49:16. Personal resurrection in the Old Testament, however, is clearly attested only in the second century B.C. The verse is perhaps best left unspecified as a reference to God’s nearness and protection.
  6. 73:28 In the gates of daughter Zion: this reading follows the tradition of the Septuagint and Vulgate.
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Acts 10:1-23 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

IV. The Inauguration of the Gentile Mission

Chapter 10

The Vision of Cornelius. [a]Now in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Cohort called the Italica,[b] devout and God-fearing along with his whole household, who used to give alms generously[c] to the Jewish people and pray to God constantly. One afternoon about three o’clock,[d] he saw plainly in a vision an angel of God come in to him and say to him, “Cornelius.” He looked intently at him and, seized with fear, said, “What is it, sir?” He said to him, “Your prayers and almsgiving have ascended as a memorial offering before God. Now send some men to Joppa and summon one Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with another Simon, a tanner, who has a house by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier[e] from his staff, explained everything to them, and sent them to Joppa.

The Vision of Peter. [f]The next day, while they were on their way and nearing the city, Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime.[g] 10 He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners. 12 In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky. 13 A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, sir. For never have I eaten anything profane and unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.” 16 This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into the sky.

17 [h]While Peter was in doubt about the meaning of the vision he had seen, the men sent by Cornelius asked for Simon’s house and arrived at the entrance. 18 They called out inquiring whether Simon, who is called Peter, was staying there. 19 As Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said [to him], “There are three men here looking for you. 20 So get up, go downstairs, and accompany them without hesitation, because I have sent them.” 21 Then Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your being here?” 22 They answered, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, respected by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear what you have to say.” 23 So he invited them in and showed them hospitality.

The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:1–48 The narrative centers on the conversion of Cornelius, a Gentile and a “God-fearer” (see note on Acts 8:26–40). Luke considers the event of great importance, as is evident from his long treatment of it. The incident is again related in Acts 11:1–18 where Peter is forced to justify his actions before the Jerusalem community and alluded to in Acts 15:7–11 where at the Jerusalem “Council” Peter supports Paul’s missionary activity among the Gentiles. The narrative divides itself into a series of distinct episodes, concluding with Peter’s presentation of the Christian kerygma (Acts 10:4–43) and a pentecostal experience undergone by Cornelius’ household preceding their reception of baptism (Acts 10:44–48).
  2. 10:1 The Cohort called the Italica: this battalion was an auxiliary unit of archers formed originally in Italy but transferred to Syria shortly before A.D. 69.
  3. 10:2 Used to give alms generously: like Tabitha (Acts 9:36), Cornelius exemplifies the proper attitude toward wealth (see note on Acts 9:36).
  4. 10:3 About three o’clock: literally, “about the ninth hour.” See note on Acts 3:1.
  5. 10:7 A devout soldier: by using this adjective, Luke probably intends to classify him as a “God-fearer” (see note on Acts 8:26–40).
  6. 10:9–16 The vision is intended to prepare Peter to share the food of Cornelius’ household without qualms of conscience (Acts 10:48). The necessity of such instructions to Peter reveals that at first not even the apostles fully grasped the implications of Jesus’ teaching on the law. In Acts, the initial insight belongs to Stephen.
  7. 10:9 At about noontime: literally, “about the sixth hour.”
  8. 10:17–23 The arrival of the Gentile emissaries with their account of the angelic apparition illuminates Peter’s vision: he is to be prepared to admit Gentiles, who were considered unclean like the animals of his vision, into the Christian community.
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