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Moses Flees to Midian
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people(A) were and watched them at their hard labor.(B) He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”(C)
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us?(D) Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill(E) Moses, but Moses fled(F) from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,(G) where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian(H) had seven daughters, and they came to draw water(I) and fill the troughs(J) to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue(K) and watered their flock.(L)
18 When the girls returned to Reuel(M) their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”(N)
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah(O) to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[a](P) saying, “I have become a foreigner(Q) in a foreign land.”
23 During that long period,(R) the king of Egypt died.(S) The Israelites groaned in their slavery(T) and cried out, and their cry(U) for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered(V) his covenant(W) with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned(X) about them.
Moses and the Burning Bush
3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro(Y) his father-in-law, the priest of Midian,(Z) and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb,(AA) the mountain(AB) of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord(AC) appeared to him in flames of fire(AD) from within a bush.(AE) Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”(AH)
5 “Do not come any closer,”(AI) God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”(AJ) 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[b] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”(AK) At this, Moses hid(AL) his face, because he was afraid to look at God.(AM)
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen(AN) the misery(AO) of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned(AP) about their suffering.(AQ) 8 So I have come down(AR) to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land,(AS) a land flowing with milk and honey(AT)—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites(AU) and Jebusites.(AV) 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing(AW) them. 10 So now, go. I am sending(AX) you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”(AY)
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I(AZ) that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you.(BA) And this will be the sign(BB) to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[c] will worship God on this mountain.(BC)”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’(BD) Then what shall I tell them?”
16 “Go, assemble the elders(BJ) of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob(BK)—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen(BL) what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt(BM) into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’(BN)
18 “The elders of Israel will listen(BO) to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews,(BP) has met(BQ) with us. Let us take a three-day journey(BR) into the wilderness to offer sacrifices(BS) to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand(BT) compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand(BU) and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders(BV) that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.(BW)
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed(BX) toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.(BY) 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver(BZ) and gold(CA) and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder(CB) the Egyptians.”(CC)
10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.(A) 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come,(B) and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished.(C) In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer(D) at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.(E)
Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy(F)
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures(G) and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith(H) as small as a mustard seed,(I) you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.(J) Nothing will be impossible for you.”  [a]
Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man(K) is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him,(L) and on the third day(M) he will be raised to life.”(N) And the disciples were filled with grief.
The Temple Tax
24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax(O) came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.
When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes(P)—from their own children or from others?”
26 “From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense,(Q) go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?(A)
Why are you so far(B) from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?(C)
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,(D)
by night,(E) but I find no rest.[b]
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;(F)
you are the one Israel praises.[c](G)
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.(H)
5 To you they cried out(I) and were saved;
in you they trusted(J) and were not put to shame.(K)
6 But I am a worm(L) and not a man,
scorned by everyone,(M) despised(N) by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;(O)
they hurl insults,(P) shaking their heads.(Q)
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.(R)
Let him deliver him,(S)
since he delights(T) in him.”
12 Many bulls(AA) surround me;(AB)
strong bulls of Bashan(AC) encircle me.
13 Roaring lions(AD) that tear their prey(AE)
open their mouths wide(AF) against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.(AG)
My heart has turned to wax;(AH)
it has melted(AI) within me.
15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,(AJ)
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;(AK)
you lay me in the dust(AL) of death.
7 Now then, my sons, listen(A) to me;
do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Keep to a path far from her,(B)
do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you lose your honor to others
and your dignity[a] to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth
and your toil enrich the house of another.(C)
11 At the end of your life you will groan,
when your flesh and body are spent.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
How my heart spurned correction!(D)
13 I would not obey my teachers
or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious trouble(E)
in the assembly of God’s people.”(F)