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Old Testament:  Deuteronomy 25-27

Deuteronomy 25

 1  "Suppose two people take a dispute to court, and the judges declare that one is right and the other is wrong.  2  If the person in the wrong is sentenced to be flogged, the judge must command him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of lashes appropriate to the crime.  3  But never give more than forty lashes; more than forty lashes would publicly humiliate your neighbor.
   4  "You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.
   5  "If two brothers are living together on the same property and one of them dies without a son, his widow may not be married to anyone from outside the family. Instead, her husband's brother should marry her and have intercourse with her to fulfill the duties of a brother-in-law.  6  The first son she bears to him will be considered the son of the dead brother, so that his name will not be forgotten in Israel.
   7  "But if the man refuses to marry his brother's widow, she must go to the town gate and say to the elders assembled there, `My husband's brother refuses to preserve his brother's name in Israel—he refuses to fulfill the duties of a brother-in-law by marrying me.'  8  The elders of the town will then summon him and talk with him. If he still refuses and says, `I don't want to marry her,'  9  the widow must walk over to him in the presence of the elders, pull his sandal from his foot, and spit in his face. Then she must declare, `This is what happens to a man who refuses to provide his brother with children.'  10  Ever afterward in Israel his family will be referred to as `the family of the man whose sandal was pulled off'!
   11  "If two Israelite men get into a fight and the wife of one tries to rescue her husband by grabbing the testicles of the other man,  12  you must cut off her hand. Show her no pity.
   13  "You must use accurate scales when you weigh out merchandise,  14  and you must use full and honest measures.  15  Yes, always use honest weights and measures, so that you may enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.  16  All who cheat with dishonest weights and measures are detestable to the LORD your God.
   17  "Never forget what the Amalekites did to you as you came from Egypt.  18  They attacked you when you were exhausted and weary, and they struck down those who were straggling behind. They had no fear of God.  19  Therefore, when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies in the land he is giving you as a special possession, you must destroy the Amalekites and erase their memory from under heaven. Never forget this!

Deuteronomy 26

Harvest Offerings and Tithes
 1  "When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession and you have conquered it and settled there,  2  "... put some of the first produce from each crop you harvest into a basket and bring it to the designated place of worship—the place the LORD your God chooses for his name to be honored."  3  Go to the priest in charge at that time and say to him, `With this gift I acknowledge to the LORD your God that I have entered the land he swore to our ancestors he would give us.'  4  The priest will then take the basket from your hand and set it before the altar of the LORD your God.
   5  "You must then say in the presence of the LORD your God, `My ancestor Jacob was a wandering Aramean who went to live as a foreigner in Egypt. His family arrived few in number, but in Egypt they became a large and mighty nation.  6  When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves,  7  we cried out to the LORD, the God of our ancestors. He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression.  8  So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders.  9  He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey!  10  And now, O LORD, I have brought you the first portion of the harvest you have given me from the ground.' Then place the produce before the LORD your God, and bow to the ground in worship before him.  11  Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.
   12  "Every third year you must offer a special tithe of your crops. In this year of the special tithe you must give your tithes to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that they will have enough to eat in your towns.  13  Then you must declare in the presence of the LORD your God, `I have taken the sacred gift from my house and have given it to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, just as you commanded me. I have not violated or forgotten any of your commands.  14  I have not eaten any of it while in mourning; I have not handled it while I was ceremonially unclean; and I have not offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the LORD my God and have done everything you commanded me.  15  Now look down from your holy dwelling place in heaven and bless your people Israel and the land you swore to our ancestors to give us—a land flowing with milk and honey.'

A Call to Obey the LORD's Commands
 16  "Today the LORD your God has commanded you to obey all these decrees and regulations. So be careful to obey them wholeheartedly.  17  You have declared today that the LORD is your God. And you have promised to walk in his ways, and to obey his decrees, commands, and regulations, and to do everything he tells you.  18  The LORD has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands.  19  And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown. You will be a nation that is holy to the LORD your God, just as he promised."

Deuteronomy 27

The Altar on Mount Ebal
 1  Then Moses and the leaders of Israel gave this charge to the people: "Obey all these commands that I am giving you today.  2  When you cross the Jordan River and enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, set up some large stones and coat them with plaster.  3  Write this whole body of instruction on them when you cross the river to enter the land the LORD your God is giving you—a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.  4  When you cross the Jordan, set up these stones at Mount Ebal and coat them with plaster, as I am commanding you today.
   5  "Then build an altar there to the LORD your God, using natural, uncut stones. You must not shape the stones with an iron tool.  6  Build the altar of uncut stones, and use it to offer burnt offerings to the LORD your God.  7  Also sacrifice peace offerings on it, and celebrate by feasting there before the LORD your God.  8  You must clearly write all these instructions on the stones coated with plaster."
   9  Then Moses and the Levitical priests addressed all Israel as follows: "O Israel, be quiet and listen! Today you have become the people of the LORD your God.  10  So you must obey the LORD your God by keeping all these commands and decrees that I am giving you today."

Curses from Mount Ebal
 11  That same day Moses also gave this charge to the people:  12  "When you cross the Jordan River, the tribes of Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin must stand on Mount Gerizim to proclaim a blessing over the people.  13  And the tribes of Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali must stand on Mount Ebal to proclaim a curse.
   14  "Then the Levites will shout to all the people of Israel:

 15  `Cursed is anyone who carves or casts an idol and secretly sets it up. These idols, the work of craftsmen, are detestable to the LORD.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 16  `Cursed is anyone who dishonors father or mother.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 17  `Cursed is anyone who steals property from a neighbor by moving a boundary marker.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 18  `Cursed is anyone who leads a blind person astray on the road.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 19  `Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans, or widows.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 20  `Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with one of his father's wives, for he has violated his father.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 21  `Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with an animal.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 22  `Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with his sister, whether she is the daughter of his father or his mother.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 23  `Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with his mother-in-law.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 24  `Cursed is anyone who attacks a neighbor in secret.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 25  `Cursed is anyone who accepts payment to kill an innocent person.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

 26  `Cursed is anyone who does not affirm and obey the terms of these instructions.'
  And all the people will reply, `Amen.'

New Testament:  Mark 14:27-53

Mark 14 : 27-53

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
 27  On the way, Jesus told them, "All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, `God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'"  28  But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there."
   29  Peter said to him, "Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will."
   30  Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me."
   31  "No!" Peter declared emphatically. "Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!" And all the others vowed the same.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
 32  They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, "Sit here while I go and pray."  33  He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed.  34  He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."
   35  He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.  36  "Abba, Father," he cried out, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."    37  Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Couldn't you watch with me even one hour?  38  "Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak."    39  Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before.  40  When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn't keep their eyes open. And they didn't know what to say.
   41  When he returned to them the third time, he said, "Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  42  Up, let's be going. Look, my betrayer is here!"

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
 43  And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders.  44  The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: "You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard."  45  As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. "Rabbi!" he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.
   46  Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.  47  But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest's slave, slashing off his ear.
   48  Jesus asked them, "Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me?  49  Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me."
   50  Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.  51  One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him,  52  he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.

Jesus before the Council
 53  They took Jesus to the high priest's home where the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law had gathered.
<<  14:27 Greek I will strike. Zech 13:7.
<<  14:36 Abba is an Aramaic term for "father."

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