DEUTERONOMY 15The Sabbatical Year 15:1 “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. 2 And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord’s release has been proclaimed. 3 Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. 4 But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess— 5 if only you will strictly obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today. 6 For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.
DEUTERONOMY 16Passover 16:1 “Observe the month of Abib and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. 2 And you shall offer the Passover sacrifice to the Lord your God, from the flock or the herd, at the place that the Lord will choose, to make his name dwell there. 3 You shall eat no leavened bread with it. Seven days you shall eat it with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction—for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste—that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. 4 No leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory for seven days, nor shall any of the flesh that you sacrifice on the evening of the first day remain all night until morning. 5 You may not offer the Passover sacrifice within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, 6 but at the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell in it, there you shall offer the Passover sacrifice, in the evening at sunset, at the time you came out of Egypt. 7 And you shall cook it and eat it at the place that the Lord your God will choose. And in the morning you shall turn and go to your tents. 8 For six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord your God. You shall do no work on it. The Feast of Weeks9 “You shall count seven weeks. Begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain. 10 Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you. 11 And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your towns, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there. 12 You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt; and you shall be careful to observe these statutes. The Feast of Booths13 “You shall keep the Feast of Booths seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your winepress. 14 You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. 15 For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.
PROVERBS 2626:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,so honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,a curse that is causeless does not alight. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,and a rod for the back of fools. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly,lest you be like him yourself. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly,lest he be wise in his own eyes. 6 Whoever sends a message by the hand of a foolcuts off his own feet and drinks violence. 7 Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless,is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8 Like one who binds the stone in the slingis one who gives honor to a fool. 9 Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkardis a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10 Like an archer who wounds everyoneis one who hires a passing fool or drunkard. 11 Like a dog that returns to his vomitis a fool who repeats his folly. 12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?There is more hope for a fool than for him. 13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!There is a lion in the streets!” 14 As a door turns on its hinges,so does a sluggard on his bed. 15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyesthan seven men who can answer sensibly. 17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his ownis like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. 18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death 19 is the man who deceives his neighborand says, “I am only joking!” 20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. 21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. 22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;they go down into the inner parts of the body. 23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vesselare fervent lips with an evil heart. 24 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lipsand harbors deceit in his heart; 25 when he speaks graciously, believe him not,for there are seven abominations in his heart; 26 though his hatred be covered with deception,his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. 28 A lying tongue hates its victims,and a flattering mouth works ruin.
MARK 5Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon 5:1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.
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