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THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED

GENESIS
CHAPTER 1 12 And the earth brought forth
1 In the beginning God created the g rass, the herb that yields seed ac-
heavens and the earth. cording to its kind, and the tree that
2 The earth was without for m, and yields fr uit, whose seed is in itself
void; and darkness was on the face of according to its kind. And God saw
the deep. And the Spirit of God was that it was g ood.
hovering over the face of the waters. 13 So the evening and the morning
3 Then God said, “Let there be were the third day.
light”; and there was light. 14 Then God said, “Let there be
4 And God saw the light, that it was lights in the fir mament of the heav-
g ood; and God divided the light from ens to divide the day from the night;
the darkness. and let them be for signs and sea-
5 God called the light Day, and the sons, and for days and years;
darkness He called Night. So the 15 and let them be for lights in the
evening and the morning were the fir mament of the heavens to give
first day. light on the earth”; and it was so.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a 16 Then God made two great lights:
fir mament in the midst of the waters, the greater light to r ule the day, and
and let it divide the waters from the the lesser light to rule the night. He
waters.” made the stars also.
7 Thus God made the fir mament, 17 God set them in the fir mament of
and divided the waters which were the heavens to give light on the earth,
under the fir mament from the waters 18 and to rule over the day and over
which were above the fir mament; and the night, and to divide the light
it was so. from the darkness. And God saw that
8 And God called the fir mament it was g ood.
Heaven. So the evening and the 19 So the evening and the morning
morning were the second day. were the fourth day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters 20 Then God said, “Let the waters
under the heavens be gathered to- abound with an abundance of living
gether into one place, and let the dry creatures, and let birds fly above the
land appear”; and it was so. earth across the face of the fir ma-
10 And God called the dry land ment of the heavens.”
Earth, and the gathering together of 21 So God created great sea
the waters He called Seas. And God creatures and every living thing that
saw that it was g ood. moves, with which the waters aboun-
11 Then God said, “Let the earth ded, according to their kind, and
bring forth grass, the herb that yields every winged bird according to its
seed, and the fr uit tree that yields kind. And God saw that it was g ood.
fr uit according to its kind, whose 22 And God blessed them, saying,
seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it “Be fr uitful and multiply, and fill the
was so. waters in the seas, and let birds mul-

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tiply on the earth.” CHAPTER 2


23 So the evening and the morning 1 Thus the heavens and the earth,
were the fifth day. and all the host of them, were fin-
24 Then God said, “Let the earth ished.
bring forth the living creature ac- 2 And on the seventh day God ended
cording to its kind: cattle and creep- His work which He had done, and He
ing thing and beast of the earth, each rested on the seventh day from all
according to its kind”; and it was so. His work which He had done.
25 And God made the beast of the 3 Then God blessed the seventh day
earth according to its kind, cattle ac- and sanctified it, because in it He
cording to its kind, and everything rested from all His work which God
that creeps on the earth according to had created and made.
its kind. And God saw that it was 4 This is the history of the heavens
g ood. and the earth when they were created,
26 Then God said, “Let Us make in the day that the LORD God made
man in Our image, according to Our the earth and the heavens,
likeness; let them have dominion over 5 before any plant of the field was
the fish of the sea, over the birds of in the earth and before any herb of
the air, and over the cattle, over all the field had g rown. For the LORD
the earth and over every creeping God had not caused it to rain on the
thing that creeps on the earth.” earth, and there was no man to till
27 So God created man in His own the ground;
image; in the image of God He cre- 6 but a mist went up from the earth
ated him; male and female He created and watered the whole face of the
them. g round.
28 Then God blessed them, and God 7 And the LORD God for med man
said to them, “Be fruitful and mul- of the dust of the ground, and
tiply; fill the earth and subdue it; breathed into his nostrils the breath
have dominion over the fish of the of life; and man became a living be-
sea, over the birds of the air, and ing.
over every living thing that moves on 8 The LORD God planted a garden
the earth.” eastward in Eden, and there He put
29 And God said, “See, I have given the man whom He had for med.
you every herb that yields seed which 9 And out of the ground the LORD
is on the face of all the earth, and God made every tree grow that is
ever y tree whose fruit yields seed; to pleasant to the sight and g ood for
you it shall be for food. food. The tree of life was also in the
30 Also, to every beast of the earth, midst of the garden, and the tree of
to every bird of the air, and to the knowledge of g ood and evil.
ever ything that creeps on the earth, 10 Now a river went out of Eden to
in which there is life, I have given water the garden, and from there it
ever y g reen herb for food”; and it parted and became four riverheads.
was so. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it
31 Then God saw everything that He is the one which skirts the whole land
had made, and indeed it was very of Havilah, where there is g old.
g ood. So the evening and the morn- 12 And the g old of that land is
ing were the sixth day. g ood. Bdellium and the onyx stone
are there.

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13 The name of the second river is flesh.


Gihon; it is the one which g oes 25 And they were both naked, the
around the whole land of Cush. man and his wife, and were not
14 The name of the third river is ashamed.
Hiddekel; it is the one which g oes to-
ward the east of Assyria. The fourth CHAPTER 3
river is the Euphrates. 1 Now the serpent was more cunning
15 Then the LORD God took the than any beast of the field which the
man and put him in the garden of LORD God had made. And he said to
Eden to tend and keep it. the woman, “Has God indeed said,
16 And the LORD God commanded “You shall not eat of every tree of
the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden’?”
the garden you may freely eat; 2 And the woman said to the ser -
17 but of the tree of the knowledge pent, “We may eat the fr uit of the
of g ood and evil you shall not eat, trees of the garden;
for in the day that you eat of it you 3 but of the fr uit of the tree which
shall surely die.” is in the midst of the garden, God
18 And the LORD God said, “It is has said, “You shall not eat it, nor
not g ood that man should be alone; I shall you touch it, lest you die.”‘
will make him a helper comparable to 4 Then the serpent said to the wo-
him.” man, “You will not surely die.
19 Out of the ground the LORD 5 For God knows that in the day you
God for med every beast of the field eat of it your eyes will be opened,
and every bird of the air, and and you will be like God, knowing
brought them to Adam to see what he g ood and evil.”
would call them. And whatever Adam 6 So when the woman saw that the
called each living creature, that was tree was g ood for food, that it was
its name. pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desir-
20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, able to make one wise, she took of
to the birds of the air, and to every its fr uit and ate. She also gave to her
beast of the field. But for Adam husband with her, and he ate.
there was not found a helper compar- 7 Then the eyes of both of them
able to him. were opened, and they knew that they
21 And the LORD God caused a were naked; and they sewed fig leaves
deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he together and made themselves cover-
slept; and He took one of his ribs, ings.
and closed up the flesh in its place. 8 And they heard the sound of the
22 Then the rib which the LORD LORD God walking in the garden in
God had taken from man He made the cool of the day, and Adam and
into a woman, and He brought her to his wife hid themselves from the
the man. presence of the LORD God among
23 And Adam said: “This is now the trees of the garden.
bone of my bones And flesh of my 9 Then the LORD God called to
flesh; She shall be called Woman, Be- Adam and said to him, “Where are
cause she was taken out of Man.” you?”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in
father and mother and be joined to the garden, and I was afraid because I
his wife, and they shall become one was naked; and I hid myself.”

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11 And He said, “Who told you that 21 Also for Adam and his wife the
you were naked? Have you eaten from LORD God made tunics of skin, and
the tree of which I commanded you clothed them.
that you should not eat?” 22 Then the LORD God said, “Be-
12 Then the man said, “The woman hold, the man has become like one of
whom You gave to be with me, she Us, to know g ood and evil. And now,
gave me of the tree, and I ate.” lest he put out his hand and take also
13 And the LORD God said to the of the tree of life, and eat, and live
woman, “What is this you have forever”—
done?” The woman said, “The ser- 23 therefore the LORD God sent
pent deceived me, and I ate.” him out of the garden of Eden to till
14 So the LORD God said to the the ground from which he was taken.
serpent: “Because you have done this, 24 So He drove out the man; and He
You are cursed more than all cattle, placed cher ubim at the east of the
And more than every beast of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword
field; On your belly you shall g o, And which turned every way, to guard the
you shall eat dust All the days of way to the tree of life.
your life.
15 And I will put enmity Between CHAPTER 4
you and the woman, And between 1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and
your seed and her Seed; He shall she conceived and bore Cain, and
br uise your head, And you shall said, “I have acquired a man from the
br uise His heel.” LORD.”
16 To the woman He said: “I will 2 Then she bore again, this time his
g reatly multiply your sorrow and your brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper
conception; In pain you shall bring of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the
forth children; Your desire shall be g round.
for your husband, And he shall r ule 3 And in the process of time it came
over you.” to pass that Cain brought an offering
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because of the fr uit of the g round to the
you have heeded the voice of your LORD.
wife, and have eaten from the tree of 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn
which I commanded you, saying, of his flock and of their fat. And the
“You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is LORD respected Abel and his offer-
the g round for your sake; In toil you ing,
shall eat of it All the days of your 5 but He did not respect Cain and
life. his offering. And Cain was ver y
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall ang ry, and his countenance fell.
bring forth for you, And you shall eat 6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why
the herb of the field. are you ang ry? And why has your
19 In the sweat of your face you countenance fallen?
shall eat bread Till you return to the 7 If you do well, will you not be ac-
g round, For out of it you were taken; cepted? And if you do not do well,
For dust you are, And to dust you sin lies at the door. And its desire is
shall return.” for you, but you should rule over it.”
20 And Adam called his wife’s name 8 Now Cain talked with Abel his
Eve, because she was the mother of brother; and it came to pass, when
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up against Abel his brother and killed was Zillah.


him. 20 And Adah bore Jabal. He was the
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, father of those who dwell in tents
“Where is Abel your brother?” He and have livestock.
said, “I do not know. Am I my 21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He
brother’s keeper?” was the father of all those who play
10 And He said, “What have you the harp and flute.
done? The voice of your brother’s 22 And as for Zillah, she also bore
blood cries out to Me from the Tubal-Cain, an instr uctor of ever y
g round. craftsman in bronze and iron. And
11 So now you are cursed from the the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
earth, which has opened its mouth to 23 Then Lamech said to his wives:
receive your brother’s blood from “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
your hand. Wives of Lamech, listen to my
12 When you till the g round, it shall speech! For I have killed a man for
no longer yield its strength to you. A wounding me, Even a young man for
fugitive and a vagabond you shall be hurting me.
on the earth.” 24 If Cain shall be avenged seven-
13 And Cain said to the LORD, “My fold, Then Lamech seventy-seven-
punishment is g reater than I can fold.”
bear! 25 And Adam knew his wife again,
14 Surely You have driven me out and she bore a son and named him
this day from the face of the g round; Seth, “For God has appointed anoth-
I shall be hidden from Your face; I er seed for me instead of Abel, whom
shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on Cain killed.”
the earth, and it will happen that any- 26 And as for Seth, to him also a
one who finds me will kill me.” son was born; and he named him En-
15 And the LORD said to him, osh. Then men began to call on the
“Therefore, whoever kills Cain, ven- name of the LORD.
geance shall be taken on him seven-
fold.” And the LORD set a mark on CHAPTER 5
Cain, lest anyone finding him should 1 This is the book of the genealog y
kill him. of Adam. In the day that God created
16 Then Cain went out from the man, He made him in the likeness of
presence of the LORD and dwelt in God.
the land of Nod on the east of Eden. 2 He created them male and female,
17 And Cain knew his wife, and she and blessed them and called them
conceived and bore Enoch. And he Mankind in the day they were created.
built a city, and called the name of 3 And Adam lived one hundred and
the city after the name of his son— thirty years, and beg ot a son in his
Enoch. own likeness, after his image, and
18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad named him Seth.
beg ot Mehujael, and Mehujael beg ot 4 After he beg ot Seth, the days of
Methushael, and Methushael beg ot Adam were eight hundred years; and
Lamech. he had sons and daughters.
19 Then Lamech took for himself 5 So all the days that Adam lived
two wives: the name of one was were nine hundred and thirty years;
Adah, and the name of the second and he died.

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6 Seth lived one hundred and five 24 And Enoch walked with God; and
years, and beg ot Enosh. he was not, for God took him.
7 After he beg ot Enosh, Seth lived 25 Methuselah lived one hundred
eight hundred and seven years, and and eighty-seven years, and beg ot
had sons and daughters. Lamech.
8 So all the days of Seth were nine 26 After he beg ot Lamech, Methuse-
hundred and twelve years; and he lah lived seven hundred and eighty-
died. two years, and had sons and daugh-
9 Enosh lived ninety years, and be- ters.
g ot Cainan. 27 So all the days of Methuselah
10 After he beg ot Cainan, Enosh were nine hundred and sixty-nine
lived eight hundred and fifteen years, years; and he died.
and had sons and daughters. 28 Lamech lived one hundred and
11 So all the days of Enosh were eighty-two years, and had a son.
nine hundred and five years; and he 29 And he called his name Noah,
died. saying, “This one will comfort us
12 Cainan lived seventy years, and concerning our work and the toil of
beg ot Mahalalel. our hands, because of the g round
13 After he beg ot Mahalalel, Cainan which the LORD has cursed.”
lived eight hundred and forty years, 30 After he beg ot Noah, Lamech
and had sons and daughters. lived five hundred and ninety-five
14 So all the days of Cainan were years, and had sons and daughters.
nine hundred and ten years; and he 31 So all the days of Lamech were
died. seven hundred and seventy-seven
15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, years; and he died.
and beg ot Jared. 32 And Noah was five hundred years
16 After he beg ot Jared, Mahalalel old, and Noah beg ot Shem, Ham, and
lived eight hundred and thirty years, Japheth.
and had sons and daughters.
17 So all the days of Mahalalel were CHAPTER 6
eight hundred and ninety-five years; 1 Now it came to pass, when men
and he died. began to multiply on the face of the
18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty- earth, and daughters were born to
two years, and beg ot Enoch. them,
19 After he beg ot Enoch, Jared lived 2 that the sons of God saw the
eight hundred years, and had sons daughters of men, that they were
and daughters. beautiful; and they took wives for
20 So all the days of Jared were nine themselves of all whom they chose.
hundred and sixty-two years; and he 3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit
died. shall not strive with man forever, for
21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall
beg ot Methuselah. be one hundred and twenty years.”
22 After he beg ot Methuselah, 4 There were giants on the earth in
Enoch walked with God three hun- those days, and also afterward, when
dred years, and had sons and daugh- the sons of God came in to the
ters. daughters of men and they bore chil-
23 So all the days of Enoch were dren to them. Those were the mighty
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renown. from under heaven all flesh in which


5 Then the LORD saw that the is the breath of life; everything that
wickedness of man was great in the is on the earth shall die.
earth, and that every intent of the 18 But I will establish My covenant
thoughts of his heart was only evil with you; and you shall g o into the
continually. ark—you, your sons, your wife, and
6 And the LORD was sorry that He your sons’ wives with you.
had made man on the earth, and He 19 And of every living thing of all
was g rieved in His heart. flesh you shall bring two of ever y
7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy sort into the ark, to keep them alive
man whom I have created from the with you; they shall be male and fe-
face of the earth, both man and male.
beast, creeping thing and birds of the 20 Of the birds after their kind, of
air, for I am sorry that I have made animals after their kind, and of ever y
them.” creeping thing of the earth after its
8 But Noah found g race in the eyes kind, two of every kind will come to
of the LORD. you to keep them alive.
9 This is the genealog y of Noah. 21 And you shall take for yourself
Noah was a just man, perfect in his of all food that is eaten, and you
generations. Noah walked with God. shall gather it to yourself; and it shall
10 And Noah beg ot three sons: be food for you and for them.”
Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 22 Thus Noah did; according to all
11 The earth also was corr upt before that God commanded him, so he did.
God, and the earth was filled with vi-
olence. CHAPTER 7
12 So God looked upon the earth, 1 Then the LORD said to Noah,
and indeed it was corr upt; for all “Come into the ark, you and all your
flesh had corr upted their way on the household, because I have seen that
earth. you are righteous before Me in this
13 And God said to Noah, “The end generation.
of all flesh has come before Me, for 2 You shall take with you seven each
the earth is filled with violence of every clean animal, a male and his
through them; and behold, I will des- female; two each of animals that are
troy them with the earth. unclean, a male and his female;
14 Make yourself an ark of g opher- 3 also seven each of birds of the air,
wood; make rooms in the ark, and male and female, to keep the species
cover it inside and outside with pitch. alive on the face of all the earth.
15 And this is how you shall make it: 4 For after seven more days I will
The length of the ark shall be three cause it to rain on the earth forty
hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, days and forty nights, and I will des-
and its height thirty cubits. troy from the face of the earth all
16 You shall make a window for the living things that I have made.”
ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit 5 And Noah did according to all that
from above; and set the door of the the LORD commanded him.
ark in its side. You shall make it with 6 Noah was six hundred years old
lower, second, and third decks. when the floodwaters were on the
17 And behold, I Myself am bringing earth.
floodwaters on the earth, to destroy 7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife,

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and his sons’ wives, went into the ark covered.


because of the waters of the flood. 20 The waters prevailed fifteen cu-
8 Of clean animals, of animals that bits upward, and the mountains were
are unclean, of birds, and of covered.
ever ything that creeps on the earth, 21 And all flesh died that moved on
9 two by two they went into the ark the earth: birds and cattle and beasts
to Noah, male and female, as God and every creeping thing that creeps
had commanded Noah. on the earth, and every man.
10 And it came to pass after seven 22 All in whose nostrils was the
days that the waters of the flood breath of the spirit of life, all that
were on the earth. was on the dry land, died.
11 In the six hundredth year of 23 So He destroyed all living things
Noah’s life, in the second month, the which were on the face of the
seventeenth day of the month, on g round: both man and cattle, creep-
that day all the fountains of the g reat ing thing and bird of the air. They
deep were broken up, and the win- were destroyed from the earth. Only
dows of heaven were opened. Noah and those who were with him
12 And the rain was on the earth in the ark remained alive.
forty days and forty nights. 24 And the waters prevailed on the
13 On the very same day Noah and earth one hundred and fifty days.
Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japh-
eth, and Noah’s wife and the three CHAPTER 8
wives of his sons with them, entered 1 Then God remembered Noah, and
the ark— every living thing, and all the animals
14 they and every beast after its that were with him in the ark. And
kind, all cattle after their kind, every God made a wind to pass over the
creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and the waters subsided.
earth after its kind, and every bird 2 The fountains of the deep and the
after its kind, every bird of every windows of heaven were also
sort. stopped, and the rain from heaven
15 And they went into the ark to was restrained.
Noah, two by two, of all flesh in 3 And the waters receded continually
which is the breath of life. from the earth. At the end of the
16 So those that entered, male and hundred and fifty days the waters de-
female of all flesh, went in as God creased.
had commanded him; and the LORD 4 Then the ark rested in the seventh
shut him in. month, the seventeenth day of the
17 Now the flood was on the earth month, on the mountains of Ararat.
forty days. The waters increased and 5 And the waters decreased continu-
lifted up the ark, and it rose high ally until the tenth month. In the
above the earth. tenth month, on the first day of the
18 The waters prevailed and g reatly month, the tops of the mountains
increased on the earth, and the ark were seen.
moved about on the surface of the 6 So it came to pass, at the end of
waters. forty days, that Noah opened the
19 And the waters prevailed exceed- window of the ark which he had
ingly on the earth, and all the high made.
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kept g oing to and fro until the waters thing, every bird, and whatever
had dried up from the earth. creeps on the earth, according to
8 He also sent out from himself a their families, went out of the ark.
dove, to see if the waters had receded 20 Then Noah built an altar to the
from the face of the g round. LORD, and took of every clean anim-
9 But the dove found no resting al and of every clean bird, and
place for the sole of her foot, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
she returned into the ark to him, for 21 And the LORD smelled a sooth-
the waters were on the face of the ing aroma. Then the LORD said in
whole earth. So he put out his hand His heart, “I will never again curse
and took her, and drew her into the the g round for man’s sake, although
ark to himself. the imagination of man’s heart is evil
10 And he waited yet another seven from his youth; nor will I again des -
days, and again he sent the dove out troy every living thing as I have done.
from the ark. 22 “While the earth remains, Seed-
11 Then the dove came to him in the time and har vest, Cold and heat,
evening, and behold, a freshly Winter and summer, And day and
plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; night Shall not cease.”
and Noah knew that the waters had
receded from the earth. CHAPTER 9
12 So he waited yet another seven 1 So God blessed Noah and his sons,
days and sent out the dove, which did and said to them: “Be fruitful and
not return again to him anymore. multiply, and fill the earth.
13 And it came to pass in the six 2 And the fear of you and the dread
hundred and first year, in the first of you shall be on every beast of the
month, the first day of the month, earth, on every bird of the air, on all
that the waters were dried up from that move on the earth, and on all the
the earth; and Noah removed the fish of the sea. They are given into
covering of the ark and looked, and your hand.
indeed the surface of the g round was 3 Every moving thing that lives shall
dr y. be food for you. I have given you all
14 And in the second month, on the things, even as the g reen herbs.
twenty-seventh day of the month, the 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its
earth was dried. life, that is, its blood.
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will de-
16 “Go out of the ark, you and your mand a reckoning; from the hand of
wife, and your sons and your sons’ every beast I will require it, and from
wives with you. the hand of man. From the hand of
17 Bring out with you every living every man’s brother I will require the
thing of all flesh that is with you: life of man.
birds and cattle and every creeping 6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By
thing that creeps on the earth, so that man his blood shall be shed; For in
they may abound on the earth, and be the image of God He made man.
fr uitful and multiply on the earth.” 7 And as for you, be fr uitful and
18 So Noah went out, and his sons multiply; Bring forth abundantly in
and his wife and his sons’ wives with the earth And multiply in it.”
him. 8 Then God spoke to Noah and to
19 Every animal, every creeping his sons with him, saying:

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9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish was drunk, and became uncovered in
My covenant with you and with your his tent.
descendants after you, 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan,
10 and with every living creature that saw the nakedness of his father, and
is with you: the birds, the cattle, and told his two brothers outside.
ever y beast of the earth with you, of 23 But Shem and Japheth took a gar -
all that g o out of the ark, every beast ment, laid it on both their shoulders,
of the earth. and went backward and covered the
11 Thus I establish My covenant with nakedness of their father. Their faces
you: Never again shall all flesh be cut were turned away, and they did not
off by the waters of the flood; never see their father’s nakedness.
again shall there be a flood to destroy 24 So Noah awoke from his wine,
the earth.” and knew what his younger son had
12 And God said: “This is the sign done to him.
of the covenant which I make 25 Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan;
between Me and you, and every living A ser vant of ser vants He shall be to
creature that is with you, for perpetu- his brethren.”
al generations: 26 And he said: “Blessed be the
13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, LORD, The God of Shem, And may
and it shall be for the sign of the Canaan be his ser vant.
covenant between Me and the earth. 27 May God enlarge Japheth, And
14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
over the earth, that the rainbow shall And may Canaan be his ser vant.”
be seen in the cloud; 28 And Noah lived after the flood
15 and I will remember My covenant three hundred and fifty years.
which is between Me and you and 29 So all the days of Noah were nine
ever y living creature of all flesh; the hundred and fifty years; and he died.
waters shall never again become a
flood to destroy all flesh. CHAPTER 10
16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, 1 Now this is the genealog y of the
and I will look on it to remember the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japh-
everlasting covenant between God eth. And sons were born to them
and every living creature of all flesh after the flood.
that is on the earth.” 2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer,
17 And God said to Noah, “This is Mag og, Madai, Javan, Tubal,
the sign of the covenant which I have Meshech, and Tiras.
established between Me and all flesh 3 The sons of Gomer were
that is on the earth.” Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togar mah.
18 Now the sons of Noah who went 4 The sons of Javan were Elishah,
out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
Japheth. And Ham was the father of 5 From these the coastland peoples
Canaan. of the Gentiles were separated into
19 These three were the sons of their lands, everyone according to his
Noah, and from these the whole language, according to their families,
earth was populated. into their nations.
20 And Noah began to be a far mer, 6 The sons of Ham were Cush,
and he planted a vineyard. Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
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Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabte- 24 Arphaxad beg ot Salah, and Salah
chah; and the sons of Raamah were beg ot Eber.
Sheba and Dedan. 25 To Eber were born two sons: the
8 Cush beg ot Nimrod; he began to name of one was Peleg, for in his
be a mighty one on the earth. days the earth was divided; and his
9 He was a mighty hunter before the brother’s name was Joktan.
LORD; therefore it is said, “Like 26 Joktan beg ot Almodad, Sheleph,
Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Hazar maveth, Jerah,
LORD.” 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,
10 And the beginning of his king- 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
dom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and 29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All
Calneh, in the land of Shinar. these were the sons of Joktan.
11 From that land he went to Assyria 30 And their dwelling place was
and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Ca- from Mesha as you g o toward Sephar,
lah, the mountain of the east.
12 and Resen between Nineveh and 31 These were the sons of Shem, ac-
Calah (that is the principal city). cording to their families, according to
13 Mizraim beg ot Ludim, Anamim, their languages, in their lands, ac-
Lehabim, Naphtuhim, cording to their nations.
14 Pathr usim, and Casluhim (from 32 These were the families of the
whom came the Philistines and sons of Noah, according to their gen-
Caphtorim). erations, in their nations; and from
15 Canaan beg ot Sidon his firstborn, these the nations were divided on the
and Heth; earth after the flood.
16 the Jebusite, the Amorite, and the
Girgashite; CHAPTER 11
17 the Hivite, the Arkite, and the 1 Now the whole earth had one lan-
Sinite; guage and one speech.
18 the Ar vadite, the Zemarite, and 2 And it came to pass, as they jour -
the Hamathite. Afterward the families neyed from the east, that they found
of the Canaanites were dispersed. a plain in the land of Shinar, and
19 And the border of the Canaanites they dwelt there.
was from Sidon as you g o toward 3 Then they said to one another,
Gerar, as far as Gaza; then as you g o “Come, let us make bricks and bake
toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, them thoroughly.” They had brick for
and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. stone, and they had asphalt for mor -
20 These were the sons of Ham, ac- tar.
cording to their families, according to 4 And they said, “Come, let us build
their languages, in their lands and in ourselves a city, and a tower whose
their nations. top is in the heavens; let us make a
21 And children were born also to name for ourselves, lest we be
Shem, the father of all the children scattered abroad over the face of the
of Eber, the brother of Japheth the whole earth.”
elder. 5 But the LORD came down to see
22 The sons of Shem were Elam, the city and the tower which the sons
Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram. of men had built.
23 The sons of Aram were Uz, Hul, 6 And the LORD said, “Indeed the
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language, and this is what they begin 22 Ser ug lived thirty years, and be-
to do; now nothing that they propose g ot Nahor.
to do will be withheld from them. 23 After he beg ot Nahor, Ser ug lived
7 Come, let Us g o down and there two hundred years, and beg ot sons
confuse their language, that they may and daughters.
not understand one another’s 24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years,
speech.” and beg ot Terah.
8 So the LORD scattered them 25 After he beg ot Terah, Nahor lived
abroad from there over the face of one hundred and nineteen years, and
all the earth, and they ceased building beg ot sons and daughters.
the city. 26 Now Terah lived seventy years,
9 Therefore its name is called Babel, and beg ot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
because there the LORD confused 27 This is the genealog y of Terah:
the language of all the earth; and Terah beg ot Abram, Nahor, and Har-
from there the LORD scattered them an. Haran beg ot Lot.
abroad over the face of all the earth. 28 And Haran died before his father
10 This is the genealog y of Shem: Terah in his native land, in Ur of the
Shem was one hundred years old, and Chaldeans.
beg ot Arphaxad two years after the 29 Then Abram and Nahor took
flood. wives: the name of Abram’s wife was
11 After he beg ot Arphaxad, Shem Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife,
lived five hundred years, and beg ot Milcah, the daughter of Haran the
sons and daughters. father of Milcah and the father of
12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, Iscah.
and beg ot Salah. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no
13 After he beg ot Salah, Arphaxad child.
lived four hundred and three years, 31 And Terah took his son Abram
and beg ot sons and daughters. and his g randson Lot, the son of
14 Salah lived thirty years, and beg ot Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai,
Eber. his son Abram’s wife, and they went
15 After he beg ot Eber, Salah lived out with them from Ur of the
four hundred and three years, and be- Chaldeans to g o to the land of
g ot sons and daughters. Canaan; and they came to Haran and
16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and dwelt there.
beg ot Peleg. 32 So the days of Terah were two
17 After he beg ot Peleg, Eber lived hundred and five years, and Terah
four hundred and thirty years, and died in Haran.
beg ot sons and daughters.
18 Peleg lived thirty years, and beg ot CHAPTER 12
Reu. 1 Now the LORD had said to Ab-
19 After he beg ot Reu, Peleg lived ram: “Get out of your country, From
two hundred and nine years, and be- your family And from your father’s
g ot sons and daughters. house, To a land that I will show you.
20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and 2 I will make you a g reat nation; I
beg ot Ser ug. will bless you And make your name
21 After he beg ot Ser ug, Reu lived g reat; And you shall be a blessing.
two hundred and seven years, and be- 3 I will bless those who bless you,
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And in you all the families of the Eg ypt, that the Eg yptians saw the
earth shall be blessed.” woman, that she was very beautiful.
4 So Abram departed as the LORD 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw
had spoken to him, and Lot went her and commended her to Pharaoh.
with him. And Abram was seventy- And the woman was taken to
five years old when he departed from Pharaoh’s house.
Haran. 16 He treated Abram well for her
5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife sake. He had sheep, oxen, male don-
and Lot his brother’s son, and all keys, male and female ser vants, fe-
their possessions that they had male donkeys, and camels.
gathered, and the people whom they 17 But the LORD plagued Pharaoh
had acquired in Haran, and they de - and his house with great plagues be-
parted to g o to the land of Canaan. cause of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
So they came to the land of Canaan. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and
6 Abram passed through the land to said, “What is this you have done to
the place of Shechem, as far as the me? Why did you not tell me that she
terebinth tree of Moreh. And the was your wife?
Canaanites were then in the land. 19 Why did you say, “She is my sis-
7 Then the LORD appeared to Ab- ter’? I might have taken her as my
ram and said, “To your descendants I wife. Now therefore, here is your
will give this land.” And there he wife; take her and g o your way.”
built an altar to the LORD, who had 20 So Pharaoh commanded his men
appeared to him. concerning him; and they sent him
8 And he moved from there to the away, with his wife and all that he
mountain east of Bethel, and he had.
pitched his tent with Bethel on the
west and Ai on the east; there he CHAPTER 13
built an altar to the LORD and called 1 Then Abram went up from Eg ypt,
on the name of the LORD. he and his wife and all that he had,
9 So Abram journeyed, g oing on still and Lot with him, to the South.
toward the South. 2 Abram was very rich in livestock,
10 Now there was a famine in the in silver, and in g old.
land, and Abram went down to Eg ypt 3 And he went on his journey from
to dwell there, for the famine was the South as far as Bethel, to the
severe in the land. place where his tent had been at the
11 And it came to pass, when he was beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
close to entering Eg ypt, that he said 4 to the place of the altar which he
to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that had made there at first. And there
you are a woman of beautiful coun- Abram called on the name of the
tenance. LORD.
12 Therefore it will happen, when 5 Lot also, who went with Abram,
the Eg yptians see you, that they will had flocks and herds and tents.
say, “This is his wife’; and they will 6 Now the land was not able to sup-
kill me, but they will let you live. port them, that they might dwell to-
13 Please say you are my sister, that gether, for their possessions were so
it may be well with me for your sake, g reat that they could not dwell to-
and that I may live because of you.” gether.
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herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees
the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and
Canaanites and the Perizzites then built an altar there to the LORD.
dwelt in the land.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let CHAPTER 14
there be no strife between you and 1 And it came to pass in the days of
me, and between my herdsmen and Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king
your herdsmen; for we are brethren. of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of
9 Is not the whole land before you? Elam, and Tidal king of nations,
Please separate from me. If you take 2 that they made war with Bera king
the left, then I will g o to the right; of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah,
or, if you g o to the right, then I will Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber
g o to the left.” king of Zeboiim, and the king of
10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw Bela (that is, Zoar).
all the plain of Jordan, that it was 3 All these joined together in the
well watered everywhere (before the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt
LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomor - Sea).
rah) like the garden of the LORD, 4 Twelve years they ser ved Che-
like the land of Eg ypt as you g o to- dorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year
ward Zoar. they rebelled.
11 Then Lot chose for himself all 5 In the fourteenth year Che-
the plain of Jordan, and Lot jour - dorlaomer and the kings that were
neyed east. And they separated from with him came and attacked the Re -
each other. phaim in Ashteroth K arnaim, the
12 Abram dwelt in the land of Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh
Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of Kiriathaim,
the plain and pitched his tent even as 6 and the Horites in their mountain
far as Sodom. of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is
13 But the men of Sodom were ex- by the wilderness.
ceedingly wicked and sinful against 7 Then they turned back and came
the LORD. to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and
14 And the LORD said to Abram, attacked all the country of the
after Lot had separated from him: Amalekites, and also the Amorites
“Lift your eyes now and look from who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.
the place where you are—northward, 8 And the king of Sodom, the king
southward, eastward, and westward; of Gomorrah, the king of Admah,
15 for all the land which you see I the king of Zeboiim, and the king of
give to you and your descendants Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and
forever. joined together in battle in the Valley
16 And I will make your descendants of Siddim
as the dust of the earth; so that if a 9 against Chedorlaomer king of
man could number the dust of the Elam, Tidal king of nations, Am-
earth, then your descendants also raphel king of Shinar, and Arioch
could be numbered. king of Ellasar—four kings against
17 Arise, walk in the land through its five.
length and its width, for I give it to 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was
you.” full of asphalt pits; and the kings of
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there, and the remainder fled to the 22 But Abram said to the king of
mountains. Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the
11 Then they took all the g oods of LORD, God Most High, the Pos-
Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their sessor of heaven and earth,
provisions, and went their way. 23 that I will take nothing, from a
12 They also took Lot, Abram’s thread to a sandal strap, and that I
brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, will not take anything that is yours,
and his g oods, and departed. lest you should say, “I have made Ab-
13 Then one who had escaped came ram rich’—
and told Abram the Hebrew, for he 24 except only what the young men
dwelt by the terebinth trees of have eaten, and the portion of the
Mamre the Amorite, brother of men who went with me: Aner,
Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take
were allies with Abram. their portion.”
14 Now when Abram heard that his
brother was taken captive, he ar med CHAPTER 15
his three hundred and eighteen 1 After these things the word of the
trained ser vants who were born in his LORD came to Abram in a vision,
own house, and went in pursuit as far saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I
as Dan. am your shield, your exceedingly
15 He divided his forces against g reat reward.”
them by night, and he and his ser - 2 But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what
vants attacked them and pursued will You give me, seeing I g o child-
them as far as Hobah, which is north less, and the heir of my house is
of Damascus. Eliezer of Damascus?”
16 So he brought back all the g oods, 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have
and also brought back his brother Lot given me no offspring; indeed one
and his g oods, as well as the women born in my house is my heir!”
and the people. 4 And behold, the word of the
17 And the king of Sodom went out LORD came to him, saying, “This
to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh one shall not be your heir, but one
(that is, the King’s Valley), after his who will come from your own body
return from the defeat of Che- shall be your heir.”
dorlaomer and the kings who were 5 Then He brought him outside and
with him. said, “Look now toward heaven, and
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem count the stars if you are able to
brought out bread and wine; he was number them.” And He said to him,
the priest of God Most High. “So shall your descendants be.”
19 And he blessed him and said: 6 And he believed in the LORD, and
“Blessed be Abram of God Most He accounted it to him for righteous-
High, Possessor of heaven and earth; ness.
20 And blessed be God Most High, 7 Then He said to him, “I am the
Who has delivered your enemies into LORD, who brought you out of Ur
your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of the Chaldeans, to give you this
of all. land to inherit it.”
21 Now the king of Sodom said to 8 And he said, “Lord GOD, how
Abram, “Give me the persons, and shall I know that I will inherit it?”
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three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had


female g oat, a three-year-old ram, a borne him no children. And she had
turtledove, and a young pigeon.” an Eg yptian maidser vant whose name
10 Then he brought all these to Him was Hagar.
and cut them in two, down the 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now,
middle, and placed each piece oppos- the LORD has restrained me from
ite the other; but he did not cut the bearing children. Please, g o in to my
birds in two. maid; perhaps I shall obtain children
11 And when the vultures came by her.” And Abram heeded the voice
down on the carcasses, Abram drove of Sarai.
them away. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took
12 Now when the sun was g oing Hagar her maid, the Eg yptian, and
down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; gave her to her husband Abram to be
and behold, horror and great dark- his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten
ness fell upon him. years in the land of Canaan.
13 Then He said to Abram: “Know 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she
certainly that your descendants will conceived. And when she saw that
be strangers in a land that is not she had conceived, her mistress be-
theirs, and will ser ve them, and they came despised in her eyes.
will afflict them four hundred years. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My
14 And also the nation whom they wrong be upon you! I gave my maid
ser ve I will judge; afterward they into your embrace; and when she saw
shall come out with great posses- that she had conceived, I became des-
sions. pised in her eyes. The LORD judge
15 Now as for you, you shall g o to between you and me.”
your fathers in peace; you shall be 6 So Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed
buried at a g ood old age. your maid is in your hand; do to her
16 But in the fourth generation they as you please.” And when Sarai dealt
shall return here, for the iniquity of harshly with her, she fled from her
the Amorites is not yet complete.” presence.
17 And it came to pass, when the sun 7 Now the Angel of the LORD
went down and it was dark, that be- found her by a spring of water in the
hold, there appeared a smoking oven wilderness, by the spring on the way
and a burning torch that passed to Shur.
between those pieces. 8 And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid,
18 On the same day the LORD made where have you come from, and
a covenant with Abram, saying: “To where are you g oing?” She said, “I
your descendants I have given this am fleeing from the presence of my
land, from the river of Eg ypt to the mistress Sarai.”
g reat river, the River Euphrates— 9 The Angel of the LORD said to
19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the her, “Return to your mistress, and
K admonites, submit yourself under her hand.”
20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the 10 Then the Angel of the LORD
Rephaim, said to her, “I will multiply your des-
21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the cendants exceedingly, so that they
Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” shall not be counted for multitude.”
11 And the Angel of the LORD said
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And you shall bear a son. You shall 8 Also I give to you and your des-
call his name Ishmael, Because the cendants after you the land in which
LORD has heard your affliction. you are a stranger, all the land of
12 He shall be a wild man; His hand Canaan, as an everlasting possession;
shall be against every man, And every and I will be their God.”
man’s hand against him. And he shall 9 And God said to Abraham: “As for
dwell in the presence of all his you, you shall keep My covenant, you
brethren.” and your descendants after you
13 Then she called the name of the throughout their generations.
LORD who spoke to her, You-Are- 10 This is My covenant which you
the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, shall keep, between Me and you and
“Have I also here seen Him who sees your descendants after you: Ever y
me?” male child among you shall be cir-
14 Therefore the well was called cumcised;
Beer Lahai Roi; obser ve, it is between 11 and you shall be circumcised in
K adesh and Bered. the flesh of your foreskins, and it
15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and shall be a sign of the covenant
Abram named his son, whom Hagar between Me and you.
bore, Ishmael. 12 He who is eight days old among
16 Abram was eighty-six years old you shall be circumcised, every male
when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram. child in your generations, he who is
born in your house or bought with
CHAPTER 17 money from any foreigner who is not
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years your descendant.
old, the LORD appeared to Abram 13 He who is born in your house and
and said to him, “I am Almighty God; he who is bought with your money
walk before Me and be blameless. must be circumcised, and My coven-
2 And I will make My covenant ant shall be in your flesh for an ever -
between Me and you, and will mul- lasting covenant.
tiply you exceedingly.” 14 And the uncircumcised male
3 Then Abram fell on his face, and child, who is not circumcised in the
God talked with him, saying: flesh of his foreskin, that person
4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant shall be cut off from his people; he
is with you, and you shall be a father has broken My covenant.”
of many nations. 15 Then God said to Abraham, “As
5 No longer shall your name be for Sarai your wife, you shall not call
called Abram, but your name shall be her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her
Abraham; for I have made you a fath- name.
er of many nations. 16 And I will bless her and also give
6 I will make you exceedingly fruit - you a son by her; then I will bless
ful; and I will make nations of you, her, and she shall be a mother of na-
and kings shall come from you. tions; kings of peoples shall be from
7 And I will establish My covenant her.”
between Me and you and your des- 17 Then Abraham fell on his face
cendants after you in their genera- and laughed, and said in his heart,
tions, for an everlasting covenant, to “Shall a child be born to a man who
be God to you and your descendants is one hundred years old? And shall
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child?” by him; and when he saw them, he


18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, ran from the tent door to meet them,
that Ishmael might live before You!” and bowed himself to the g round,
19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your 3 and said, “My Lord, if I have now
wife shall bear you a son, and you found favor in Your sight, do not
shall call his name Isaac; I will estab- pass on by Your ser vant.
lish My covenant with him for an 4 Please let a little water be brought,
everlasting covenant, and with his and wash your feet, and rest
descendants after him. yourselves under the tree.
20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard 5 And I will bring a morsel of bread,
you. Behold, I have blessed him, and that you may refresh your hearts.
will make him fruitful, and will mul- After that you may pass by, inasmuch
tiply him exceedingly. He shall beget as you have come to your ser vant.”
twelve princes, and I will make him a They said, “Do as you have said.”
g reat nation. 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent
21 But My covenant I will establish to Sarah and said, “Quickly, make
with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to ready three measures of fine meal;
you at this set time next year.” knead it and make cakes.”
22 Then He finished talking with 7 And Abraham ran to the herd,
him, and God went up from Abra- took a tender and g ood calf, gave it
ham. to a young man, and he hastened to
23 So Abraham took Ishmael his prepare it.
son, all who were born in his house 8 So he took butter and milk and the
and all who were bought with his calf which he had prepared, and set it
money, every male among the men of before them; and he stood by them
Abraham’s house, and circumcised under the tree as they ate.
the flesh of their foreskins that very 9 Then they said to him, “Where is
same day, as God had said to him. Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here,
24 Abraham was ninety-nine years in the tent.”
old when he was circumcised in the 10 And He said, “I will certainly re-
flesh of his foreskin. turn to you according to the time of
25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall
years old when he was circumcised in have a son.” (Sarah was listening in
the flesh of his foreskin. the tent door which was behind him.)
26 That very same day Abraham was 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were
circumcised, and his son Ishmael; old, well advanced in age; and Sarah
27 and all the men of his house, had passed the age of childbearing.
born in the house or bought with 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within
money from a foreigner, were circum- herself, saying, “After I have g rown
cised with him. old, shall I have pleasure, my lord be-
ing old also?”
CHAPTER 18 13 And the LORD said to Abraham,
1 Then the LORD appeared to him “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, “Shall
by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as I surely bear a child, since I am old?’
he was sitting in the tent door in the 14 Is anything too hard for the
heat of the day. LORD? At the appointed time I will
2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, return to you, according to the time
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15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did then I will spare all the place for
not laugh,” for she was afraid. And their sakes.”
He said, “No, but you did laugh!” 27 Then Abraham answered and
16 Then the men rose from there said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust
and looked toward Sodom, and Abra- and ashes have taken it upon myself
ham went with them to send them on to speak to the Lord:
the way. 28 Suppose there were five less than
17 And the LORD said, “Shall I hide the fifty righteous; would You des-
from Abraham what I am doing, troy all of the city for lack of five?”
18 since Abraham shall surely be- So He said, “If I find there forty-
come a g reat and mighty nation, and five, I will not destroy it.”
all the nations of the earth shall be 29 And he spoke to Him yet again
blessed in him? and said, “Suppose there should be
19 For I have known him, in order forty found there?” So He said, “I
that he may command his children will not do it for the sake of forty.”
and his household after him, that 30 Then he said, “Let not the Lord
they keep the way of the LORD, to be ang ry, and I will speak: Suppose
do righteousness and justice, that the thirty should be found there?” So He
LORD may bring to Abraham what said, “I will not do it if I find thirty
He has spoken to him.” there.”
20 And the LORD said, “Because 31 And he said, “Indeed now, I have
the outcry against Sodom and Go- taken it upon myself to speak to the
mor rah is g reat, and because their sin Lord: Suppose twenty should be
is ver y g rave, found there?” So He said, “I will not
21 I will g o down now and see destroy it for the sake of twenty.”
whether they have done altogether 32 Then he said, “Let not the Lord
according to the outcry against it that be ang ry, and I will speak but once
has come to Me; and if not, I will more: Suppose ten should be found
know.” there?” And He said, “I will not des-
22 Then the men turned away from troy it for the sake of ten.”
there and went toward Sodom, but 33 So the LORD went His way as
Abraham still stood before the soon as He had finished speaking
LORD. with Abraham; and Abraham returned
23 And Abraham came near and said, to his place.
“Would You also destroy the right-
eous with the wicked? CHAPTER 19
24 Suppose there were fifty right- 1 Now the two angels came to Sod-
eous within the city; would You also om in the evening, and Lot was sit -
destroy the place and not spare it for ting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot
the fifty righteous that were in it? saw them, he rose to meet them, and
25 Far be it from You to do such a he bowed himself with his face to-
thing as this, to slay the righteous ward the ground.
with the wicked, so that the righteous 2 And he said, “Here now, my lords,
should be as the wicked; far be it please turn in to your ser vant’s house
from You! Shall not the Judge of all and spend the night, and wash your
the earth do right?” feet; then you may rise early and g o
26 So the LORD said, “If I find in on your way.” And they said, “No,
Sodom fifty righteous within the city, but we will spend the night in the

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open square.” cause the outcry against them has


3 But he insisted strongly; so they g rown g reat before the face of the
turned in to him and entered his LORD, and the LORD has sent us to
house. Then he made them a feast, destroy it.”
and baked unleavened bread, and they 14 So Lot went out and spoke to his
ate. sons-in-law, who had married his
4 Now before they lay down, the daughters, and said, “Get up, get out
men of the city, the men of Sodom, of this place; for the LORD will des-
both old and young, all the people troy this city!” But to his sons-in-law
from every quarter, surrounded the he seemed to be joking.
house. 15 When the morning dawned, the
5 And they called to Lot and said to angels urged Lot to hurry, saying,
him, “Where are the men who came “Arise, take your wife and your two
to you tonight? Bring them out to us daughters who are here, lest you be
that we may know them carnally.” consumed in the punishment of the
6 So Lot went out to them through city.”
the doorway, shut the door behind 16 And while he lingered, the men
him, took hold of his hand, his wife’s
7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do hand, and the hands of his two
not do so wickedly! daughters, the LORD being merciful
8 See now, I have two daughters who to him, and they brought him out and
have not known a man; please, let me set him outside the city.
bring them out to you, and you may 17 So it came to pass, when they had
do to them as you wish; only do brought them outside, that he said,
nothing to these men, since this is “Escape for your life! Do not look
the reason they have come under the behind you nor stay anywhere in the
shadow of my roof.” plain. Escape to the mountains, lest
9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then you be destroyed.”
they said, “This one came in to stay 18 Then Lot said to them, “Please,
here, and he keeps acting as a judge; no, my lords!
now we will deal worse with you than 19 Indeed now, your ser vant has
with them.” So they pressed hard found favor in your sight, and you
against the man Lot, and came near have increased your mercy which you
to break down the door. have shown me by saving my life; but
10 But the men reached out their I cannot escape to the mountains,
hands and pulled Lot into the house lest some evil overtake me and I die.
with them, and shut the door. 20 See now, this city is near enough
11 And they struck the men who to flee to, and it is a little one; please
were at the doorway of the house let me escape there (is it not a little
with blindness, both small and great, one?) and my soul shall live.”
so that they became weary trying to 21 And he said to him, “See, I have
find the door. favored you concerning this thing
12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have also, in that I will not overthrow this
you anyone else here? Son-in-law, city for which you have spoken.
your sons, your daughters, and 22 Hurry, escape there. For I cannot
whomever you have in the city—take do anything until you arrive there.”
them out of this place! Therefore the name of the city was
13 For we will destroy this place, be- called Zoar.

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23 The sun had risen upon the earth of our father.”


when Lot entered Zoar. 35 Then they made their father drink
24 Then the LORD rained brimstone wine that night also. And the younger
and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, arose and lay with him, and he did
from the LORD out of the heavens. not know when she lay down or when
25 So He overthrew those cities, all she arose.
the plain, all the inhabitants of the 36 Thus both the daughters of Lot
cities, and what grew on the g round. were with child by their father.
26 But his wife looked back behind 37 The firstborn bore a son and
him, and she became a pillar of salt. called his name Moab; he is the fath-
27 And Abraham went early in the er of the Moabites to this day.
morning to the place where he had 38 And the younger, she also bore a
stood before the LORD. son and called his name Ben-Ammi;
28 Then he looked toward Sodom he is the father of the people of Am-
and Gomorrah, and toward all the mon to this day.
land of the plain; and he saw, and be -
hold, the smoke of the land which CHAPTER 20
went up like the smoke of a furnace. 1 And Abraham journeyed from
29 And it came to pass, when God there to the South, and dwelt
destroyed the cities of the plain, that between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed
God remembered Abraham, and sent in Gerar.
Lot out of the midst of the over - 2 Now Abraham said of Sarah his
throw, when He overthrew the cities wife, “She is my sister.” And
in which Lot had dwelt. Abimelech king of Gerar sent and
30 Then Lot went up out of Zoar took Sarah.
and dwelt in the mountains, and his 3 But God came to Abimelech in a
two daughters were with him; for he dream by night, and said to him, “In-
was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he deed you are a dead man because of
and his two daughters dwelt in a cave. the woman whom you have taken, for
31 Now the firstborn said to the she is a man’s wife.”
younger, “Our father is old, and there 4 But Abimelech had not come near
is no man on the earth to come in to her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay
us as is the custom of all the earth. a righteous nation also?
32 Come, let us make our father 5 Did he not say to me, “She is my
drink wine, and we will lie with him, sister’? And she, even she herself
that we may preser ve the lineage of said, “He is my brother.’ In the integ -
our father.” rity of my heart and innocence of my
33 So they made their father drink hands I have done this.”
wine that night. And the firstborn 6 And God said to him in a dream,
went in and lay with her father, and “Yes, I know that you did this in the
he did not know when she lay down integ rity of your heart. For I also
or when she arose. withheld you from sinning against
34 It happened on the next day that Me; therefore I did not let you touch
the firstborn said to the younger, her.
“Indeed I lay with my father last 7 Now therefore, restore the man’s
night; let us make him drink wine to- wife; for he is a prophet, and he will
night also, and you g o in and lie with pray for you and you shall live. But if
him, that we may preser ve the lineage you do not restore her, know that you

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shall surely die, you and all who are the wombs of the house of
yours.” Abimelech because of Sarah, Abra-
8 So Abimelech rose early in the ham’s wife.
morning, called all his ser vants, and
told all these things in their hearing; CHAPTER 21
and the men were very much afraid. 1 And the LORD visited Sarah as He
9 And Abimelech called Abraham had said, and the LORD did for
and said to him, “What have you Sarah as He had spoken.
done to us? How have I offended 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Ab-
you, that you have brought on me and raham a son in his old age, at the set
on my kingdom a g reat sin? You have time of which God had spoken to
done deeds to me that ought not to him.
be done.” 3 And Abraham called the name of
10 Then Abimelech said to Abraham, his son who was born to him—whom
“What did you have in view, that you Sarah bore to him—Isaac.
have done this thing?” 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son
11 And Abraham said, “Because I Isaac when he was eight days old, as
thought, surely the fear of God is not God had commanded him.
in this place; and they will kill me on 5 Now Abraham was one hundred
account of my wife. years old when his son Isaac was
12 But indeed she is tr uly my sister. born to him.
She is the daughter of my father, but 6 And Sarah said, “God has made me
not the daughter of my mother; and laugh, and all who hear will laugh
she became my wife. with me.”
13 And it came to pass, when God 7 She also said, “Who would have
caused me to wander from my father’- said to Abraham that Sarah would
s house, that I said to her, “This is nurse children? For I have borne him
your kindness that you should do for a son in his old age.”
me: in every place, wherever we g o, 8 So the child g rew and was weaned.
say of me, “He is my brother.”“‘ And Abraham made a great feast on
14 Then Abimelech took sheep, the same day that Isaac was weaned.
oxen, and male and female ser vants, 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar
and gave them to Abraham; and he the Eg yptian, whom she had borne to
restored Sarah his wife to him. Abraham, scoffing.
15 And Abimelech said, “See, my 10 Therefore she said to Abraham,
land is before you; dwell where it “Cast out this bondwoman and her
pleases you.” son; for the son of this bondwoman
16 Then to Sarah he said, “Behold, I shall not be heir with my son, namely
have given your brother a thousand with Isaac.”
pieces of silver; indeed this vindic- 11 And the matter was very displeas-
ates you before all who are with you ing in Abraham’s sight because of his
and before everybody.” Thus she was son.
rebuked. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Do
17 So Abraham prayed to God; and not let it be displeasing in your sight
God healed Abimelech, his wife, and because of the lad or because of your
his female ser vants. Then they bore bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said
children; to you, listen to her voice; for in
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13 Yet I will also make a nation of you will do to me and to the land in
the son of the bondwoman, because which you have dwelt.”
he is your seed.” 24 And Abraham said, “I will swear.”
14 So Abraham rose early in the 25 Then Abraham rebuked
morning, and took bread and a skin Abimelech because of a well of water
of water; and putting it on her which Abimelech’s ser vants had
shoulder, he gave it and the boy to seized.
Hagar, and sent her away. Then she 26 And Abimelech said, “I do not
departed and wandered in the Wilder- know who has done this thing; you
ness of Beersheba. did not tell me, nor had I heard of it
15 And the water in the skin was until today.”
used up, and she placed the boy un- 27 So Abraham took sheep and oxen
der one of the shrubs. and gave them to Abimelech, and the
16 Then she went and sat down two of them made a covenant.
across from him at a distance of 28 And Abraham set seven ewe
about a bowshot; for she said to her- lambs of the flock by themselves.
self, “Let me not see the death of the 29 Then Abimelech asked Abraham,
boy.” So she sat opposite him, and “What is the meaning of these seven
lifted her voice and wept. ewe lambs which you have set by
17 And God heard the voice of the themselves?”
lad. Then the angel of God called to 30 And he said, “You will take these
Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, seven ewe lambs from my hand, that
“What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for they may be my witness that I have
God has heard the voice of the lad dug this well.”
where he is. 31 Therefore he called that place
18 Arise, lift up the lad and hold him Beersheba, because the two of them
with your hand, for I will make him a swore an oath there.
g reat nation.” 32 Thus they made a covenant at
19 Then God opened her eyes, and Beersheba. So Abimelech rose with
she saw a well of water. And she Phichol, the commander of his ar my,
went and filled the skin with water, and they returned to the land of the
and gave the lad a drink. Philistines.
20 So God was with the lad; and he 33 Then Abraham planted a tamarisk
g rew and dwelt in the wilderness, and tree in Beersheba, and there called on
became an archer. the name of the LORD, the Everlast-
21 He dwelt in the Wilderness of ing God.
Paran; and his mother took a wife for 34 And Abraham stayed in the land
him from the land of Eg ypt. of the Philistines many days.
22 And it came to pass at that time
that Abimelech and Phichol, the com- CHAPTER 22
mander of his ar my, spoke to Abra- 1 Now it came to pass after these
ham, saying, “God is with you in all things that God tested Abraham, and
that you do. said to him, “Abraham!” And he said,
23 Now therefore, swear to me by “Here I am.”
God that you will not deal falsely 2 Then He said, “Take now your
with me, with my offspring, or with son, your only son Isaac, whom you
my posterity; but that according to love, and g o to the land of Moriah,
the kindness that I have done to you, and offer him there as a burnt offer-

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ing on one of the mountains of your son, your only son, from Me.”
which I shall tell you.” 13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and
3 So Abraham rose early in the looked, and there behind him was a
morning and saddled his donkey, and ram caught in a thicket by its horns.
took two of his young men with him, So Abraham went and took the ram,
and Isaac his son; and he split the and offered it up for a burnt offering
wood for the burnt offering, and instead of his son.
arose and went to the place of which 14 And Abraham called the name of
God had told him. the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide;
4 Then on the third day Abraham lif- as it is said to this day, “In the Mount
ted his eyes and saw the place afar of the LORD it shall be provided.”
off. 15 Then the Angel of the LORD
5 And Abraham said to his young called to Abraham a second time out
men, “Stay here with the donkey; the of heaven,
lad and I will g o yonder and worship, 16 and said: “By Myself I have
and we will come back to you.” sworn, says the LORD, because you
6 So Abraham took the wood of the have done this thing, and have not
burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his withheld your son, your only son—
son; and he took the fire in his hand, 17 blessing I will bless you, and mul-
and a knife, and the two of them tiplying I will multiply your descend-
went together. ants as the stars of the heaven and as
7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his the sand which is on the seashore;
father and said, “My father!” And he and your descendants shall possess
said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he the gate of their enemies.
said, “Look, the fire and the wood, 18 In your seed all the nations of the
but where is the lamb for a burnt of- earth shall be blessed, because you
fering?” have obeyed My voice.”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God 19 So Abraham returned to his
will provide for Himself the lamb for young men, and they rose and went
a burnt offering.” So the two of them together to Beersheba; and Abraham
went together. dwelt at Beersheba.
9 Then they came to the place of 20 Now it came to pass after these
which God had told him. And Abra- things that it was told Abraham, say-
ham built an altar there and placed ing, “Indeed Milcah also has bor ne
the wood in order; and he bound children to your brother Nahor:
Isaac his son and laid him on the al- 21 Huz his firstborn, Buz his broth-
tar, upon the wood. er, Kemuel the father of Aram,
10 And Abraham stretched out his 22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph,
hand and took the knife to slay his and Bethuel.”
son. 23 And Bethuel beg ot Rebekah.
11 But the Angel of the LORD These eight Milcah bore to Nahor,
called to him from heaven and said, Abraham’s brother.
“Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, 24 His concubine, whose name was
“Here I am.” Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham,
12 And He said, “Do not lay your Thahash, and Maachah.
hand on the lad, or do anything to
him; for now I know that you fear CHAPTER 23
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twenty-seven years; these were the saying, “If you will give it, please
years of the life of Sarah. hear me. I will give you money for
2 So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that the field; take it from me and I will
is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, bury my dead there.”
and Abraham came to mourn for 14 And Ephron answered Abraham,
Sarah and to weep for her. saying to him,
3 Then Abraham stood up from be- 15 “My lord, listen to me; the land is
fore his dead, and spoke to the sons worth four hundred shekels of silver.
of Heth, saying, What is that between you and me? So
4 “I am a foreigner and a visitor bury your dead.”
among you. Give me property for a 16 And Abraham listened to Ephron;
burial place among you, that I may and Abraham weighed out the silver
bur y my dead out of my sight.” for Ephron which he had named in
5 And the sons of Heth answered the hearing of the sons of Heth, four
Abraham, saying to him, hundred shekels of silver, currency
6 “Hear us, my lord: You are a of the merchants.
mighty prince among us; bury your 17 So the field of Ephron which was
dead in the choicest of our burial in Machpelah, which was before
places. None of us will withhold Mamre, the field and the cave which
from you his burial place, that you was in it, and all the trees that were
may bury your dead.” in the field, which were within all the
7 Then Abraham stood up and surrounding borders, were deeded
bowed himself to the people of the 18 to Abraham as a possession in the
land, the sons of Heth. presence of the sons of Heth, before
8 And he spoke with them, saying, all who went in at the gate of his city.
“If it is your wish that I bury my 19 And after this, Abraham buried
dead out of my sight, hear me, and Sarah his wife in the cave of the field
meet with Ephron the son of Zohar of Machpelah, before Mamre (that is,
for me, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
9 that he may give me the cave of 20 So the field and the cave that is
Machpelah which he has, which is at in it were deeded to Abraham by the
the end of his field. Let him give it sons of Heth as property for a burial
to me at the full price, as property place.
for a burial place among you.”
10 Now Ephron dwelt among the CHAPTER 24
sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite 1 Now Abraham was old, well ad-
answered Abraham in the presence of vanced in age; and the LORD had
the sons of Heth, all who entered at blessed Abraham in all things.
the gate of his city, saying, 2 So Abraham said to the oldest ser -
11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you vant of his house, who ruled over all
the field and the cave that is in it; I that he had, “Please, put your hand
give it to you in the presence of the under my thigh,
sons of my people. I give it to you. 3 and I will make you swear by the
Bur y your dead!” LORD, the God of heaven and the
12 Then Abraham bowed himself God of the earth, that you will not
down before the people of the land; take a wife for my son from the
13 and he spoke to Ephron in the daughters of the Canaanites, among
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4 but you shall g o to my country and one You have appointed for Your ser -
to my family, and take a wife for my vant Isaac. And by this I will know
son Isaac.” that You have shown kindness to my
5 And the ser vant said to him, “Per- master.”
haps the woman will not be willing to 15 And it happened, before he had
follow me to this land. Must I take finished speaking, that behold, Re-
your son back to the land from which bekah, who was born to Bethuel, son
you came?” of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abra-
6 But Abraham said to him, “Beware ham’s brother, came out with her
that you do not take my son back pitcher on her shoulder.
there. 16 Now the young woman was ver y
7 The LORD God of heaven, who beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man
took me from my father’s house and had known her. And she went down
from the land of my family, and who to the well, filled her pitcher, and
spoke to me and swore to me, saying, came up.
“To your descendants I give this 17 And the ser vant ran to meet her
land,’ He will send His angel before and said, “Please let me drink a little
you, and you shall take a wife for my water from your pitcher.”
son from there. 18 So she said, “Drink, my lord.”
8 And if the woman is not willing to Then she quickly let her pitcher down
follow you, then you will be released to her hand, and gave him a drink.
from this oath; only do not take my 19 And when she had finished giving
son back there.” him a drink, she said, “I will draw
9 So the ser vant put his hand under water for your camels also, until they
the thigh of Abraham his master, and have finished drinking.”
swore to him concerning this matter. 20 Then she quickly emptied her
10 Then the ser vant took ten of his pitcher into the trough, ran back to
master’s camels and departed, for all the well to draw water, and drew for
his master’s g oods were in his hand. all his camels.
And he arose and went to Mesopot- 21 And the man, wondering at her,
amia, to the city of Nahor. remained silent so as to know wheth-
11 And he made his camels kneel er the LORD had made his journey
down outside the city by a well of prosperous or not.
water at evening time, the time when 22 So it was, when the camels had
women g o out to draw water. finished drinking, that the man took
12 Then he said, “O LORD God of a g olden nose ring weighing half a
my master Abraham, please give me shekel, and two bracelets for her
success this day, and show kindness wrists weighing ten shekels of g old,
to my master Abraham. 23 and said, “Whose daughter are
13 Behold, here I stand by the well you? Tell me, please, is there room in
of water, and the daughters of the your father’s house for us to lodge?”
men of the city are coming out to 24 So she said to him, “I am the
draw water. daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son,
14 Now let it be that the young wo - whom she bore to Nahor.”
man to whom I say, “Please let down 25 Moreover she said to him, “We
your pitcher that I may drink,’ and have both straw and feed enough, and
she says, “Drink, and I will also give room to lodge.”
your camels a drink’—let her be the 26 Then the man bowed down his

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head and worshiped the LORD. Canaanites, in whose land I dwell;


27 And he said, “Blessed be the 38 but you shall g o to my father’s
LORD God of my master Abraham, house and to my family, and take a
who has not forsaken His mercy and wife for my son.’
His tr uth toward my master. As for 39 And I said to my master, “Per-
me, being on the way, the LORD led haps the woman will not follow me.’
me to the house of my master’s 40 But he said to me, “The LORD,
brethren.” before whom I walk, will send His
28 So the young woman ran and told angel with you and prosper your way;
her mother’s household these things. and you shall take a wife for my son
29 Now Rebekah had a brother from my family and from my father’s
whose name was Laban, and Laban house.
ran out to the man by the well. 41 You will be clear from this oath
30 So it came to pass, when he saw when you arrive among my family; for
the nose ring, and the bracelets on if they will not give her to you, then
his sister’s wrists, and when he heard you will be released from my oath.’
the words of his sister Rebekah, say- 42 “And this day I came to the well
ing, “Thus the man spoke to me,” and said, “O LORD God of my mas-
that he went to the man. And there ter Abraham, if You will now prosper
he stood by the camels at the well. the way in which I g o,
31 And he said, “Come in, O blessed 43 behold, I stand by the well of wa-
of the LORD! Why do you stand out- ter; and it shall come to pass that
side? For I have prepared the house, when the virgin comes out to draw
and a place for the camels.” water, and I say to her, “Please give
32 Then the man came to the house. me a little water from your pitcher to
And he unloaded the camels, and drink,”
provided straw and feed for the 44 and she says to me, “Drink, and I
camels, and water to wash his feet will draw for your camels also,”—let
and the feet of the men who were her be the woman whom the LORD
with him. has appointed for my master’s son.’
33 Food was set before him to eat, 45 “But before I had finished speak-
but he said, “I will not eat until I ing in my heart, there was Rebekah,
have told about my errand.” And he coming out with her pitcher on her
said, “Speak on.” shoulder; and she went down to the
34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s ser - well and drew water. And I said to
vant. her, “Please let me drink.’
35 The LORD has blessed my master 46 And she made haste and let her
g reatly, and he has become g reat; and pitcher down from her shoulder, and
He has given him flocks and herds, said, “Drink, and I will give your
silver and g old, male and female ser - camels a drink also.’ So I drank, and
vants, and camels and donkeys. she gave the camels a drink also.
36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore 47 Then I asked her, and said,
a son to my master when she was old; “Whose daughter are you?’ And she
and to him he has given all that he said, “The daughter of Bethuel,
has. Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to
37 Now my master made me swear, him.’ So I put the nose ring on her
saying, “You shall not take a wife for nose and the bracelets on her wrists.
my son from the daughters of the 48 And I bowed my head and wor-

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shiped the LORD, and blessed the 60 And they blessed Rebekah and
LORD God of my master Abraham, said to her: “Our sister, may you be-
who had led me in the way of tr uth come The mother of thousands of
to take the daughter of my master’s ten thousands; And may your des-
brother for his son. cendants possess The gates of those
49 Now if you will deal kindly and who hate them.”
tr uly with my master, tell me. And if 61 Then Rebekah and her maids
not, tell me, that I may turn to the arose, and they rode on the camels
right hand or to the left.” and followed the man. So the ser vant
50 Then Laban and Bethuel took Rebekah and departed.
answered and said, “The thing comes 62 Now Isaac came from the way of
from the LORD; we cannot speak to Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the
you either bad or g ood. South.
51 Here is Rebekah before you; take 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in
her and go, and let her be your mas- the field in the evening; and he lifted
ter’s son’s wife, as the LORD has his eyes and looked, and there, the
spoken.” camels were coming.
52 And it came to pass, when Abra- 64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and
ham’s ser vant heard their words, that when she saw Isaac she dismounted
he worshiped the LORD, bowing from her camel;
himself to the earth. 65 for she had said to the ser vant,
53 Then the ser vant brought out “Who is this man walking in the field
jewelr y of silver, jewelry of g old, and to meet us?” The ser vant said, “It is
clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. my master.” So she took a veil and
He also gave precious things to her covered herself.
brother and to her mother. 66 And the ser vant told Isaac all the
54 And he and the men who were things that he had done.
with him ate and drank and stayed all 67 Then Isaac brought her into his
night. Then they arose in the morn - mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Re-
ing, and he said, “Send me away to bekah and she became his wife, and
my master.” he loved her. So Isaac was comforted
55 But her brother and her mother after his mother’s death.
said, “Let the young woman stay with
us a few days, at least ten; after that CHAPTER 25
she may g o.” 1 Abraham again took a wife, and
56 And he said to them, “Do not her name was Keturah.
hinder me, since the LORD has 2 And she bore him Zimran, Jok -
prospered my way; send me away so shan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and
that I may g o to my master.” Shuah.
57 So they said, “We will call the 3 Jokshan beg ot Sheba and Dedan.
young woman and ask her And the sons of Dedan were Asshur-
personally.” im, Letushim, and Leummim.
58 Then they called Rebekah and 4 And the sons of Midian were
said to her, “Will you g o with this Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abidah, and
man?” And she said, “I will g o.” Eldaah. All these were the children
59 So they sent away Rebekah their of Keturah.
sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s 5 And Abraham gave all that he had
ser vant and his men. to Isaac.

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6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons you g o toward Assyria.) He died in
of the concubines which Abraham the presence of all his brethren.
had; and while he was still living he 19 This is the genealog y of Isaac,
sent them eastward, away from Isaac Abraham’s son. Abraham beg ot Isaac.
his son, to the country of the east. 20 Isaac was forty years old when he
7 This is the sum of the years of took Rebekah as wife, the daughter
Abraham’s life which he lived: one of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram,
hundred and seventy-five years. the sister of Laban the Syrian.
8 Then Abraham breathed his last 21 Now Isaac pleaded with the
and died in a g ood old age, an old LORD for his wife, because she was
man and full of years, and was barren; and the LORD g ranted his
gathered to his people. plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael 22 But the children str ug gled togeth-
buried him in the cave of Machpelah, er within her; and she said, “If all is
which is before Mamre, in the field well, why am I like this?
of Ephron the son of Zohar the 23 And the LORD said to her: “Two
Hittite, nations are in your womb, Two
10 the field which Abraham pur- peoples shall be separated from your
chased from the sons of Heth. There body; One people shall be stronger
Abraham was buried, and Sarah his than the other, And the older shall
wife. ser ve the younger.”
11 And it came to pass, after the 24 So when her days were fulfilled
death of Abraham, that God blessed for her to give birth, indeed there
his son Isaac. And Isaac dwelt at Beer were twins in her womb.
Lahai Roi. 25 And the first came out red. He
12 Now this is the genealog y of Ish- was like a hairy gar ment all over; so
mael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar they called his name Esau.
the Eg yptian, Sarah’s maidser vant, 26 Afterward his brother came out,
bore to Abraham. and his hand took hold of Esau’s
13 And these were the names of the heel; so his name was called Jacob.
sons of Ishmael, by their names, ac- Isaac was sixty years old when she
cording to their generations: The bore them.
firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; then 27 So the boys g rew. And Esau was a
Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, skillful hunter, a man of the field;
14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in
15 Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and tents.
Kedemah. 28 And Isaac loved Esau because he
16 These were the sons of Ishmael ate of his game, but Rebekah loved
and these were their names, by their Jacob.
towns and their settlements, twelve 29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and
princes according to their nations. Esau came in from the field, and he
17 These were the years of the life was weary.
of Ishmael: one hundred and thirty- 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please
seven years; and he breathed his last feed me with that same red stew, for I
and died, and was gathered to his am weary.” Therefore his name was
people. called Edom.
18 (They dwelt from Havilah as far 31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your
as Shur, which is east of Eg ypt as birthright as of this day.”

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32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about ment to Rebekah his wife.


to die; so what is this birthright to 9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and
me?” said, “Quite obviously she is your
33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as wife; so how could you say, “She is
of this day.” So he swore to him, and my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Be-
sold his birthright to Jacob. cause I said, “Lest I die on account
34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and of her.’
stew of lentils; then he ate and 10 And Abimelech said, “What is
drank, arose, and went his way. Thus this you have done to us? One of the
Esau despised his birthright. people might soon have lain with
your wife, and you would have
CHAPTER 26 brought guilt on us.”
1 There was a famine in the land, be - 11 So Abimelech charged all his
sides the first famine that was in the people, saying, “He who touches this
days of Abraham. And Isaac went to man or his wife shall surely be put to
Abimelech king of the Philistines, in death.”
Gerar. 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land,
2 Then the LORD appeared to him and reaped in the same year a hun-
and said: “Do not g o down to Eg ypt; dredfold; and the LORD blessed him.
live in the land of which I shall tell 13 The man began to prosper, and
you. continued prospering until he became
3 Dwell in this land, and I will be very prosperous;
with you and bless you; for to you 14 for he had possessions of flocks
and your descendants I give all these and possessions of herds and a g reat
lands, and I will perfor m the oath number of ser vants. So the Phil-
which I swore to Abraham your fath- istines envied him.
er. 15 Now the Philistines had stopped
4 And I will make your descendants up all the wells which his father’s ser -
multiply as the stars of heaven; I will vants had dug in the days of Abra-
give to your descendants all these ham his father, and they had filled
lands; and in your seed all the nations them with earth.
of the earth shall be blessed; 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go
5 because Abraham obeyed My voice away from us, for you are much migh-
and kept My charge, My command- tier than we.”
ments, My statutes, and My laws.” 17 Then Isaac departed from there
6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar. and pitched his tent in the Valley of
7 And the men of the place asked Gerar, and dwelt there.
about his wife. And he said, “She is 18 And Isaac dug again the wells of
my sister”; for he was afraid to say, water which they had dug in the days
“She is my wife,” because he thought, of Abraham his father, for the Phil-
“lest the men of the place kill me for istines had stopped them up after the
Rebekah, because she is beautiful to death of Abraham. He called them by
behold.” the names which his father had called
8 Now it came to pass, when he had them.
been there a long time, that 19 Also Isaac’s ser vants dug in the
Abimelech king of the Philistines valley, and found a well of r unning
looked through a window, and saw, water there.
and there was Isaac, showing endear - 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar

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quar reled with Isaac’s herdsmen, say- another; and Isaac sent them away,
ing, “The water is ours.” So he called and they departed from him in peace.
the name of the well Esek, because 32 It came to pass the same day that
they quarreled with him. Isaac’s ser vants came and told him
21 Then they dug another well, and about the well which they had dug,
they quarreled over that one also. So and said to him, “We have found wa-
he called its name Sitnah. ter.”
22 And he moved from there and 33 So he called it Shebah. Therefore
dug another well, and they did not the name of the city is Beersheba to
quar rel over it. So he called its name this day.
Rehoboth, because he said, “For now 34 When Esau was forty years old,
the LORD has made room for us, and he took as wives Judith the daughter
we shall be fr uitful in the land.” of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath
23 Then he went up from there to the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
Beersheba. 35 And they were a g rief of mind to
24 And the LORD appeared to him Isaac and Rebekah.
the same night and said, “I am the
God of your father Abraham; do not CHAPTER 27
fear, for I am with you. I will bless 1 Now it came to pass, when Isaac
you and multiply your descendants was old and his eyes were so dim that
for My ser vant Abraham’s sake.” he could not see, that he called Esau
25 So he built an altar there and his older son and said to him, “My
called on the name of the LORD, and son.” And he answered him, “Here I
he pitched his tent there; and there am.”
Isaac’s ser vants dug a well. 2 Then he said, “Behold now, I am
26 Then Abimelech came to him old. I do not know the day of my
from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of death.
his friends, and Phichol the com- 3 Now therefore, please take your
mander of his ar my. weapons, your quiver and your bow,
27 And Isaac said to them, “Why and g o out to the field and hunt game
have you come to me, since you hate for me.
me and have sent me away from 4 And make me savory food, such as
you?” I love, and bring it to me that I may
28 But they said, “We have certainly eat, that my soul may bless you be -
seen that the LORD is with you. So fore I die.”
we said, “Let there now be an oath 5 Now Rebekah was listening when
between us, between you and us; and Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And
let us make a covenant with you, Esau went to the field to hunt game
29 that you will do us no har m, since and to bring it.
we have not touched you, and since 6 So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her
we have done nothing to you but son, saying, “Indeed I heard your
g ood and have sent you away in father speak to Esau your brother,
peace. You are now the blessed of saying,
the LORD.”‘ 7 “Bring me game and make savor y
30 So he made them a feast, and food for me, that I may eat it and
they ate and drank. bless you in the presence of the
31 Then they arose early in the LORD before my death.’
morning and swore an oath with one 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my

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voice according to what I command LORD your God brought it to me.”


you. 21 Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come
9 Go now to the flock and bring me near, that I may feel you, my son,
from there two choice kids of the whether you are really my son Esau
g oats, and I will make savory food or not.”
from them for your father, such as he 22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his
loves. father, and he felt him and said, “The
10 Then you shall take it to your voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands
father, that he may eat it, and that he are the hands of Esau.”
may bless you before his death.” 23 And he did not recognize him,
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his because his hands were hairy like his
mother, “Look, Esau my brother is a brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed
hair y man, and I am a smooth- him.
skinned man. 24 Then he said, “Are you really my
12 Perhaps my father will feel me, son Esau?” He said, “I am.”
and I shall seem to be a deceiver to 25 He said, “Bring it near to me, and
him; and I shall bring a curse on my- I will eat of my son’s game, so that
self and not a blessing.” my soul may bless you.” So he
13 But his mother said to him, “Let brought it near to him, and he ate;
your curse be on me, my son; only and he brought him wine, and he
obey my voice, and g o, get them for drank.
me.” 26 Then his father Isaac said to him,
14 And he went and g ot them and “Come near now and kiss me, my
brought them to his mother, and his son.”
mother made savory food, such as his 27 And he came near and kissed him;
father loved. and he smelled the smell of his cloth-
15 Then Rebekah took the choice ing, and blessed him and said:
clothes of her elder son Esau, which “Surely, the smell of my son Is like
were with her in the house, and put the smell of a field Which the LORD
them on Jacob her younger son. has blessed.
16 And she put the skins of the kids 28 Therefore may God give you Of
of the g oats on his hands and on the the dew of heaven, Of the fatness of
smooth part of his neck. the earth, And plenty of g rain and
17 Then she gave the savory food wine.
and the bread, which she had pre - 29 Let peoples ser ve you, And na-
pared, into the hand of her son Jac- tions bow down to you. Be master
ob. over your brethren, And let your
18 So he went to his father and said, mother’s sons bow down to you.
“My father.” And he said, “Here I Cursed be ever yone who curses you,
am. Who are you, my son?” And blessed be those who bless you!”
19 Jacob said to his father, “I am 30 Now it happened, as soon as
Esau your firstborn; I have done just Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and
as you told me; please arise, sit and Jacob had scarcely g one out from the
eat of my game, that your soul may presence of Isaac his father, that
bless me.” Esau his brother came in from his
20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is hunting.
it that you have found it so quickly, 31 He also had made savory food,
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to his father, “Let my father arise and 41 So Esau hated Jacob because of
eat of his son’s game, that your soul the blessing with which his father
may bless me.” blessed him, and Esau said in his
32 And his father Isaac said to him, heart, “The days of mourning for my
“Who are you?” So he said, “I am father are at hand; then I will kill my
your son, your firstborn, Esau.” brother Jacob.”
33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, 42 And the words of Esau her older
and said, “Who? Where is the one son were told to Rebekah. So she
who hunted game and brought it to sent and called Jacob her younger
me? I ate all of it before you came, son, and said to him, “Surely your
and I have blessed him—and indeed brother Esau comforts himself con-
he shall be blessed.” cerning you by intending to kill you.
34 When Esau heard the words of 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my
his father, he cried with an exceed- voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban
ingly g reat and bitter cry, and said to in Haran.
his father, “Bless me—me also, O my 44 And stay with him a few days, un-
father!” til your brother’s fury turns away,
35 But he said, “Your brother came 45 until your brother’s anger turns
with deceit and has taken away your away from you, and he forgets what
blessing.” you have done to him; then I will
36 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly send and bring you from there. Why
named Jacob? For he has supplanted should I be bereaved also of you
me these two times. He took away my both in one day?”
birthright, and now look, he has 46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am
taken away my blessing!” And he said, weary of my life because of the
“Have you not reser ved a blessing for daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a
me?” wife of the daughters of Heth, like
37 Then Isaac answered and said to these who are the daughters of the
Esau, “Indeed I have made him your land, what g ood will my life be to
master, and all his brethren I have me?”
given to him as ser vants; with g rain
and wine I have sustained him. What CHAPTER 28
shall I do now for you, my son?” 1 Then Isaac called Jacob and
38 And Esau said to his father, blessed him, and charged him, and
“Have you only one blessing, my said to him: “You shall not take a
father? Bless me—me also, O my wife from the daughters of Canaan.
father!” And Esau lifted up his voice 2 Arise, g o to Padan Aram, to the
and wept. house of Bethuel your mother’s fath-
39 Then Isaac his father answered er; and take yourself a wife from
and said to him: “Behold, your dwell- there of the daughters of Laban your
ing shall be of the fatness of the mother’s brother.
earth, And of the dew of heaven 3 “May God Almighty bless you,
from above. And make you fr uitful and multiply
40 By your sword you shall live, And you, That you may be an assembly of
you shall ser ve your brother; And it peoples;
shall come to pass, when you become 4 And give you the blessing of Abra -
restless, That you shall break his yoke ham, To you and your descendants
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land In which you are a stranger, in you and in your seed all the famil-
Which God gave to Abraham.” ies of the earth shall be blessed.
5 So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he 15 Behold, I am with you and will
went to Padan Aram, to Laban the keep you wherever you g o, and will
son of Bethuel the Syrian, the broth- bring you back to this land; for I will
er of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob not leave you until I have done what
and Esau. I have spoken to you.”
6 Esau saw that Isaac had blessed 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep
Jacob and sent him away to Padan and said, “Surely the LORD is in this
Aram to take himself a wife from place, and I did not know it.”
there, and that as he blessed him he 17 And he was afraid and said, “How
gave him a charge, saying, “You shall awesome is this place! This is none
not take a wife from the daughters of other than the house of God, and
Canaan,” this is the gate of heaven!”
7 and that Jacob had obeyed his 18 Then Jacob rose early in the
father and his mother and had g one morning, and took the stone that he
to Padan Aram. had put at his head, set it up as a pil -
8 Also Esau saw that the daughters lar, and poured oil on top of it.
of Canaan did not please his father 19 And he called the name of that
Isaac. place Bethel; but the name of that
9 So Esau went to Ishmael and took city had been Luz previously.
Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying,
Abraham’s son, the sister of Neba- “If God will be with me, and keep
joth, to be his wife in addition to the me in this way that I am g oing, and
wives he had. give me bread to eat and clothing to
10 Now Jacob went out from Beer- put on,
sheba and went toward Haran. 21 so that I come back to my father’s
11 So he came to a certain place and house in peace, then the LORD shall
stayed there all night, because the sun be my God.
had set. And he took one of the 22 And this stone which I have set
stones of that place and put it at his as a pillar shall be God’s house, and
head, and he lay down in that place of all that You give me I will surely
to sleep. give a tenth to You.”
12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a
ladder was set up on the earth, and CHAPTER 29
its top reached to heaven; and there 1 So Jacob went on his journey and
the angels of God were ascending came to the land of the people of the
and descending on it. East.
13 And behold, the LORD stood 2 And he looked, and saw a well in
above it and said: “I am the LORD the field; and behold, there were
God of Abraham your father and the three flocks of sheep lying by it; for
God of Isaac; the land on which you out of that well they watered the
lie I will give to you and your des- flocks. A large stone was on the well’-
cendants. s mouth.
14 Also your descendants shall be as 3 Now all the flocks would be
the dust of the earth; you shall gathered there; and they would roll
spread abroad to the west and the the stone from the well’s mouth, wa-
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in its place on the well’s mouth. cause you are my relative, should you
4 And Jacob said to them, “My therefore ser ve me for nothing? Tell
brethren, where are you from?” And me, what should your wages be?
they said, “We are from Haran.” 16 Now Laban had two daughters:
5 Then he said to them, “Do you the name of the elder was Leah, and
know Laban the son of Nahor?” And the name of the younger was Rachel.
they said, “We know him.” 17 Leah’s eyes were delicate, but
6 So he said to them, “Is he well?” Rachel was beautiful of for m and ap-
And they said, “He is well. And look, pearance.
his daughter Rachel is coming with 18 Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he
the sheep.” said, “I will ser ve you seven years for
7 Then he said, “Look, it is still high Rachel your younger daughter.”
day; it is not time for the cattle to be 19 And Laban said, “It is better that
gathered together. Water the sheep, I give her to you than that I should
and g o and feed them.” give her to another man. Stay with
8 But they said, “We cannot until all me.”
the flocks are gathered together, and 20 So Jacob ser ved seven years for
they have rolled the stone from the Rachel, and they seemed only a few
well’s mouth; then we water the days to him because of the love he
sheep.” had for her.
9 Now while he was still speaking 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give
with them, Rachel came with her me my wife, for my days are fulfilled,
father’s sheep, for she was a shep- that I may g o in to her.”
herdess. 22 And Laban gathered together all
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob the men of the place and made a
saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his feast.
mother’s brother, and the sheep of 23 Now it came to pass in the even-
Laban his mother’s brother, that Jac- ing, that he took Leah his daughter
ob went near and rolled the stone and brought her to Jacob; and he
from the well’s mouth, and watered went in to her.
the flock of Laban his mother’s 24 And Laban gave his maid Zilpah
brother. to his daughter Leah as a maid.
11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lif- 25 So it came to pass in the morn-
ted up his voice and wept. ing, that behold, it was Leah. And he
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he said to Laban, “What is this you have
was her father’s relative and that he done to me? Was it not for Rachel
was Rebekah’s son. So she ran and that I ser ved you? Why then have you
told her father. deceived me?”
13 Then it came to pass, when Laban 26 And Laban said, “It must not be
heard the report about Jacob his sis- done so in our country, to give the
ter’s son, that he ran to meet him, younger before the firstborn.
and embraced him and kissed him, 27 Fulfill her week, and we will give
and brought him to his house. So he you this one also for the ser vice
told Laban all these things. which you will ser ve with me still an-
14 And Laban said to him, “Surely other seven years.”
you are my bone and my flesh.” And 28 Then Jacob did so and fulfilled
he stayed with him for a month. her week. So he gave him his daugh-
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29 And Laban gave his maid Bilhah Jacob a son.


to his daughter Rachel as a maid. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has judged
30 Then Jacob also went in to my case; and He has also heard my
Rachel, and he also loved Rachel voice and given me a son.” Therefore
more than Leah. And he ser ved with she called his name Dan.
Laban still another seven years. 7 And Rachel’s maid Bilhah con-
31 When the LORD saw that Leah ceived again and bore Jacob a second
was unloved, He opened her womb; son.
but Rachel was barren. 8 Then Rachel said, “With g reat
32 So Leah conceived and bore a wrestlings I have wrestled with my
son, and she called his name Reuben; sister, and indeed I have prevailed.”
for she said, “The LORD has surely So she called his name Naphtali.
looked on my affliction. Now there- 9 When Leah saw that she had
fore, my husband will love me.” stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her
33 Then she conceived again and maid and gave her to Jacob as wife.
bore a son, and said, “Because the 10 And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jac-
LORD has heard that I am unloved, ob a son.
He has therefore given me this son 11 Then Leah said, “A troop comes!”
also.” And she called his name So she called his name Gad.
Simeon. 12 And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jac-
34 She conceived again and bore a ob a second son.
son, and said, “Now this time my 13 Then Leah said, “I am happy, for
husband will become attached to me, the daughters will call me blessed.”
because I have borne him three So she called his name Asher.
sons.” Therefore his name was called 14 Now Reuben went in the days of
Levi. wheat har vest and found mandrakes
35 And she conceived again and bore in the field, and brought them to his
a son, and said, “Now I will praise mother Leah. Then Rachel said to
the LORD.” Therefore she called his Leah, “Please give me some of your
name Judah. Then she stopped bear- son’s mandrakes.”
ing. 15 But she said to her, “Is it a small
matter that you have taken away my
CHAPTER 30 husband? Would you take away my
1 Now when Rachel saw that she son’s mandrakes also?” And Rachel
bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied said, “Therefore he will lie with you
her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give tonight for your son’s mandrakes.”
me children, or else I die!” 16 When Jacob came out of the field
2 And Jacob’s anger was aroused in the evening, Leah went out to meet
against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in him and said, “You must come in to
the place of God, who has withheld me, for I have surely hired you with
from you the fr uit of the womb?” my son’s mandrakes.” And he lay with
3 So she said, “Here is my maid Bil- her that night.
hah; g o in to her, and she will bear a 17 And God listened to Leah, and
child on my knees, that I also may she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth
have children by her.” son.
4 Then she gave him Bilhah her maid 18 Leah said, “God has given me my
as wife, and Jacob went in to her. wages, because I have given my maid
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name Issachar. 32 Let me pass through all your


19 Then Leah conceived again and flock today, removing from there all
bore Jacob a sixth son. the speckled and spotted sheep, and
20 And Leah said, “God has en- all the brown ones among the lambs,
dowed me with a g ood endowment; and the spotted and speckled among
now my husband will dwell with me, the g oats; and these shall be my
because I have borne him six sons.” wages.
So she called his name Zebulun. 33 So my righteousness will answer
21 Afterward she bore a daughter, for me in time to come, when the
and called her name Dinah. subject of my wages comes before
22 Then God remembered Rachel, you: every one that is not speckled
and God listened to her and opened and spotted among the g oats, and
her womb. brown among the lambs, will be con -
23 And she conceived and bore a sidered stolen, if it is with me.”
son, and said, “God has taken away 34 And Laban said, “Oh, that it were
my reproach.” according to your word!”
24 So she called his name Joseph, 35 So he removed that day the male
and said, “The LORD shall add to me g oats that were speckled and spotted,
another son.” all the female g oats that were
25 And it came to pass, when Rachel speckled and spotted, every one that
had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to had some white in it, and all the
Laban, “Send me away, that I may g o brown ones among the lambs, and
to my own place and to my country. gave them into the hand of his sons.
26 Give me my wives and my chil- 36 Then he put three days’ journey
dren for whom I have ser ved you, between himself and Jacob, and Jacob
and let me g o; for you know my ser - fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.
vice which I have done for you.” 37 Now Jacob took for himself rods
27 And Laban said to him, “Please of g reen poplar and of the almond
stay, if I have found favor in your and chestnut trees, peeled white
eyes, for I have learned by experience strips in them, and exposed the white
that the LORD has blessed me for which was in the rods.
your sake.” 38 And the rods which he had
28 Then he said, “Name me your peeled, he set before the flocks in the
wages, and I will give it.” gutters, in the watering troughs where
29 So Jacob said to him, “You know the flocks came to drink, so that they
how I have ser ved you and how your should conceive when they came to
livestock has been with me. drink.
30 For what you had before I came 39 So the flocks conceived before
was little, and it has increased to a the rods, and the flocks brought
g reat amount; the LORD has blessed forth streaked, speckled, and spotted.
you since my coming. And now, when 40 Then Jacob separated the lambs,
shall I also provide for my own and made the flocks face toward the
house?” streaked and all the brown in the
31 So he said, “What shall I give flock of Laban; but he put his own
you?” And Jacob said, “You shall not flocks by themselves and did not put
give me anything. If you will do this them with Laban’s flock.
thing for me, I will again feed and 41 And it came to pass, whenever the
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Jacob placed the rods before the eyes behold, the rams which leaped upon
of the livestock in the gutters, that the flocks were streaked, speckled,
they might conceive among the rods. and g ray-spotted.
42 But when the flocks were feeble, 11 Then the Angel of God spoke to
he did not put them in; so the feebler me in a dream, saying, “Jacob.’ And I
were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’- said, “Here I am.’
s. 12 And He said, “Lift your eyes now
43 Thus the man became exceedingly and see, all the rams which leap on
prosperous, and had large flocks, fe- the flocks are streaked, speckled, and
male and male ser vants, and camels g ray-spotted; for I have seen all that
and donkeys. Laban is doing to you.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where
CHAPTER 31 you anointed the pillar and where you
1 Now Jacob heard the words of made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out
Laban’s sons, saying, “Jacob has taken of this land, and return to the land
away all that was our father’s, and of your family.”‘
from what was our father’s he has ac- 14 Then Rachel and Leah answered
quired all this wealth.” and said to him, “Is there still any
2 And Jacob saw the countenance of portion or inheritance for us in our
Laban, and indeed it was not favor- father’s house?
able toward him as before. 15 Are we not considered strangers
3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, by him? For he has sold us, and also
“Return to the land of your fathers completely consumed our money.
and to your family, and I will be with 16 For all these riches which God
you.” has taken from our father are really
4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel ours and our children’s; now then,
and Leah to the field, to his flock, whatever God has said to you, do it.”
5 and said to them, “I see your 17 Then Jacob rose and set his sons
father’s countenance, that it is not fa- and his wives on camels.
vorable toward me as before; but the 18 And he carried away all his live-
God of my father has been with me. stock and all his possessions which
6 And you know that with all my he had gained, his acquired livestock
might I have ser ved your father. which he had gained in Padan Aram,
7 Yet your father has deceived me to g o to his father Isaac in the land
and changed my wages ten times, but of Canaan.
God did not allow him to hurt me. 19 Now Laban had g one to shear his
8 If he said thus: “The speckled sheep, and Rachel had stolen the
shall be your wages,’ then all the household idols that were her father’-
flocks bore speckled. And if he said s.
thus: “The streaked shall be your 20 And Jacob stole away, unknown
wages,’ then all the flocks bore to Laban the Syrian, in that he did
streaked. not tell him that he intended to flee.
9 So God has taken away the live- 21 So he fled with all that he had.
stock of your father and given them He arose and crossed the river, and
to me. headed toward the mountains of
10 “And it happened, at the time Gilead.
when the flocks conceived, that I lif- 22 And Laban was told on the third
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23 Then he took his brethren with them. Then he went out of Leah’s
him and pursued him for seven days’ tent and entered Rachel’s tent.
journey, and he overtook him in the 34 Now Rachel had taken the house-
mountains of Gilead. hold idols, put them in the camel’s
24 But God had come to Laban the saddle, and sat on them. And Laban
Syrian in a dream by night, and said searched all about the tent but did
to him, “Be careful that you speak to not find them.
Jacob neither g ood nor bad.” 35 And she said to her father, “Let it
25 So Laban overtook Jacob. Now not displease my lord that I cannot
Jacob had pitched his tent in the rise before you, for the manner of
mountains, and Laban with his women is with me.” And he searched
brethren pitched in the mountains of but did not find the household idols.
Gilead. 36 Then Jacob was ang ry and re-
26 And Laban said to Jacob: “What buked Laban, and Jacob answered and
have you done, that you have stolen said to Laban: “What is my trespass?
away unknown to me, and carried What is my sin, that you have so
away my daughters like captives taken hotly pursued me?
with the sword? 37 Although you have searched all
27 Why did you flee away secretly, my things, what part of your house-
and steal away from me, and not tell hold things have you found? Set it
me; for I might have sent you away here before my brethren and your
with joy and songs, with timbrel and brethren, that they may judge
harp? between us both!
28 And you did not allow me to kiss 38 These twenty years I have been
my sons and my daughters. Now you with you; your ewes and your female
have done foolishly in so doing. g oats have not miscarried their
29 It is in my power to do you har m, young, and I have not eaten the rams
but the God of your father spoke to of your flock.
me last night, saying, “Be careful that 39 That which was torn by beasts I
you speak to Jacob neither g ood nor did not bring to you; I bore the loss
bad.’ of it. You required it from my hand,
30 And now you have surely g one whether stolen by day or stolen by
because you g reatly long for your night.
father’s house, but why did you steal 40 There I was! In the day the
my g ods?” drought consumed me, and the frost
31 Then Jacob answered and said to by night, and my sleep departed from
Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I my eyes.
said, “Perhaps you would take your 41 Thus I have been in your house
daughters from me by force.’ twenty years; I ser ved you fourteen
32 With whomever you find your years for your two daughters, and six
g ods, do not let him live. In the pres- years for your flock, and you have
ence of our brethren, identify what I changed my wages ten times.
have of yours and take it with you.” 42 Unless the God of my father, the
For Jacob did not know that Rachel God of Abraham and the Fear of
had stolen them. Isaac, had been with me, surely now
33 And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, you would have sent me away empty-
into Leah’s tent, and into the two handed. God has seen my affliction
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buked you last night.” to eat bread. And they ate bread and
43 And Laban answered and said to stayed all night on the mountain.
Jacob, “These daughters are my 55 And early in the morning Laban
daughters, and these children are my arose, and kissed his sons and daugh-
children, and this flock is my flock; ters and blessed them. Then Laban
all that you see is mine. But what can departed and returned to his place.
I do this day to these my daughters
or to their children whom they have CHAPTER 32
borne? 1 So Jacob went on his way, and the
44 Now therefore, come, let us make angels of God met him.
a covenant, you and I, and let it be a 2 When Jacob saw them, he said,
witness between you and me.” “This is God’s camp.” And he called
45 So Jacob took a stone and set it the name of that place Mahanaim.
up as a pillar. 3 Then Jacob sent messengers before
46 Then Jacob said to his brethren, him to Esau his brother in the land
“Gather stones.” And they took of Seir, the country of Edom.
stones and made a heap, and they ate 4 And he commanded them, saying,
there on the heap. “Speak thus to my lord Esau, “Thus
47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, your ser vant Jacob says: “I have dwelt
but Jacob called it Galeed. with Laban and stayed there until
48 And Laban said, “This heap is a now.
witness between you and me this 5 I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and
day.” Therefore its name was called male and female ser vants; and I have
Galeed, sent to tell my lord, that I may find
49 also Mizpah, because he said, favor in your sight.”“‘
“May the LORD watch between you 6 Then the messengers returned to
and me when we are absent one from Jacob, saying, “We came to your
another. brother Esau, and he also is coming
50 If you afflict my daughters, or if to meet you, and four hundred men
you take other wives besides my are with him.”
daughters, although no man is with us 7 So Jacob was g reatly afraid and
—see, God is witness between you distressed; and he divided the people
and me!” that were with him, and the flocks
51 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Here and herds and camels, into two com-
is this heap and here is this pillar, panies.
which I have placed between you and 8 And he said, “If Esau comes to
me. the one company and attacks it, then
52 This heap is a witness, and this the other company which is left will
pillar is a witness, that I will not pass escape.”
beyond this heap to you, and you will 9 Then Jacob said, “O God of my
not pass beyond this heap and this father Abraham and God of my fath-
pillar to me, for har m. er Isaac, the LORD who said to me,
53 The God of Abraham, the God “Return to your country and to your
of Nahor, and the God of their fath- family, and I will deal well with you’:
er judge between us.” And Jacob 10 I am not worthy of the least of
swore by the Fear of his father Isaac. all the mercies and of all the truth
54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on which You have shown Your ser vant;
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my staff, and now I have become two fore him, but he himself lodged that
companies. night in the camp.
11 Deliver me, I pray, from the hand 22 And he arose that night and took
of my brother, from the hand of his two wives, his two female ser -
Esau; for I fear him, lest he come vants, and his eleven sons, and
and attack me and the mother with crossed over the ford of Jabbok.
the children. 23 He took them, sent them over the
12 For You said, “I will surely treat brook, and sent over what he had.
you well, and make your descendants 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a
as the sand of the sea, which cannot Man wrestled with him until the
be numbered for multitude.”‘ breaking of day.
13 So he lodged there that same 25 Now when He saw that He did
night, and took what came to his not prevail against him, He touched
hand as a present for Esau his broth- the socket of his hip; and the socket
er : of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He
14 two hundred female g oats and wrestled with him.
twenty male g oats, two hundred ewes 26 And He said, “Let Me g o, for the
and twenty rams, day breaks.” But he said, “I will not
15 thirty milk camels with their let You g o unless You bless me!”
colts, forty cows and ten bulls, 27 So He said to him, “What is your
twenty female donkeys and ten foals. name?” He said, “Jacob.”
16 Then he delivered them to the 28 And He said, “Your name shall
hand of his ser vants, every drove by no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;
itself, and said to his ser vants, “Pass for you have str ug gled with God and
over before me, and put some dis- with men, and have prevailed.”
tance between successive droves.” 29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell
17 And he commanded the first one, me Your name, I pray.” And He said,
saying, “When Esau my brother “Why is it that you ask about My
meets you and asks you, saying, “To name?” And He blessed him there.
whom do you belong, and where are 30 So Jacob called the name of the
you g oing? Whose are these in front place Peniel: “For I have seen God
of you?’ face to face, and my life is pre-
18 then you shall say, “They are your ser ved.”
ser vant Jacob’s. It is a present sent to 31 Just as he crossed over Penuel the
my lord Esau; and behold, he also is sun rose on him, and he limped on
behind us.”‘ his hip.
19 So he commanded the second, the 32 Therefore to this day the children
third, and all who followed the of Israel do not eat the muscle that
droves, saying, “In this manner you shrank, which is on the hip socket,
shall speak to Esau when you find because He touched the socket of
him; Jacob’s hip in the muscle that shrank.
20 and also say, “Behold, your ser -
vant Jacob is behind us.”‘For he said, CHAPTER 33
“I will appease him with the present 1 Now Jacob lifted his eyes and
that g oes before me, and afterward I looked, and there, Esau was coming,
will see his face; perhaps he will ac- and with him were four hundred men.
cept me.” So he divided the children among
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vants. ing are with me. And if the men


2 And he put the maidser vants and should drive them hard one day, all
their children in front, Leah and her the flock will die.
children behind, and Rachel and 14 Please let my lord g o on ahead
Joseph last. before his ser vant. I will lead on
3 Then he crossed over before them slowly at a pace which the livestock
and bowed himself to the g round that g o before me, and the children,
seven times, until he came near to his are able to endure, until I come to my
brother. lord in Seir.”
4 But Esau ran to meet him, and em- 15 And Esau said, “Now let me leave
braced him, and fell on his neck and with you some of the people who are
kissed him, and they wept. with me.” But he said, “What need is
5 And he lifted his eyes and saw the there? Let me find favor in the sight
women and children, and said, “Who of my lord.”
are these with you?” So he said, “The 16 So Esau returned that day on his
children whom God has graciously way to Seir.
given your ser vant.” 17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth,
6 Then the maidser vants came near, built himself a house, and made
they and their children, and bowed booths for his livestock. Therefore
down. the name of the place is called Suc-
7 And Leah also came near with her coth.
children, and they bowed down. Af- 18 Then Jacob came safely to the
terward Joseph and Rachel came near, city of Shechem, which is in the land
and they bowed down. of Canaan, when he came from Padan
8 Then Esau said, “What do you Aram; and he pitched his tent before
mean by all this company which I the city.
met?” And he said, “These are to find 19 And he bought the parcel of land,
favor in the sight of my lord.” where he had pitched his tent, from
9 But Esau said, “I have enough, my the children of Hamor, Shechem’s
brother; keep what you have for father, for one hundred pieces of
yourself.” money.
10 And Jacob said, “No, please, if I 20 Then he erected an altar there
have now found favor in your sight, and called it El Elohe Israel.
then receive my present from my
hand, inasmuch as I have seen your CHAPTER 34
face as though I had seen the face of 1 Now Dinah the daughter of Leah,
God, and you were pleased with me. whom she had borne to Jacob, went
11 Please, take my blessing that is out to see the daughters of the land.
brought to you, because God has 2 And when Shechem the son of
dealt graciously with me, and because Hamor the Hivite, prince of the
I have enough.” So he urged him, and countr y, saw her, he took her and lay
he took it. with her, and violated her.
12 Then Esau said, “Let us take our 3 His soul was strongly attracted to
journey; let us g o, and I will g o be - Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he
fore you.” loved the young woman and spoke
13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord kindly to the young woman.
knows that the children are weak, and 4 So Shechem spoke to his father
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woman as a wife.” you, and we will take your daughters


5 And Jacob heard that he had de- to us; and we will dwell with you, and
filed Dinah his daughter. Now his we will become one people.
sons were with his livestock in the 17 But if you will not heed us and be
field; so Jacob held his peace until circumcised, then we will take our
they came. daughter and be g one.”
6 Then Hamor the father of She- 18 And their words pleased Hamor
chem went out to Jacob to speak with and Shechem, Hamor’s son.
him. 19 So the young man did not delay
7 And the sons of Jacob came in to do the thing, because he delighted
from the field when they heard it; in Jacob’s daughter. He was more
and the men were grieved and very honorable than all the household of
ang r y, because he had done a dis- his father.
g raceful thing in Israel by lying with 20 And Hamor and Shechem his son
Jacob’s daughter, a thing which ought came to the gate of their city, and
not to be done. spoke with the men of their city, say-
8 But Hamor spoke with them, say- ing:
ing, “The soul of my son Shechem 21 “These men are at peace with us.
longs for your daughter. Please give Therefore let them dwell in the land
her to him as a wife. and trade in it. For indeed the land is
9 And make marriages with us; give large enough for them. Let us take
your daughters to us, and take our their daughters to us as wives, and let
daughters to yourselves. us give them our daughters.
10 So you shall dwell with us, and 22 Only on this condition will the
the land shall be before you. Dwell men consent to dwell with us, to be
and trade in it, and acquire posses- one people: if every male among us is
sions for yourselves in it.” circumcised as they are circumcised.
11 Then Shechem said to her father 23 Will not their livestock, their
and her brothers, “Let me find favor property, and every animal of theirs
in your eyes, and whatever you say to be ours? Only let us consent to them,
me I will give. and they will dwell with us.”
12 Ask me ever so much dowry and 24 And all who went out of the gate
gift, and I will give according to what of his city heeded Hamor and She-
you say to me; but give me the young chem his son; every male was circum-
woman as a wife.” cised, all who went out of the gate of
13 But the sons of Jacob answered his city.
Shechem and Hamor his father, and 25 Now it came to pass on the third
spoke deceitfully, because he had de- day, when they were in pain, that two
filed Dinah their sister. of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and
14 And they said to them, “We can- Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his
not do this thing, to give our sister to sword and came boldly upon the city
one who is uncircumcised, for that and killed all the males.
would be a reproach to us. 26 And they killed Hamor and She -
15 But on this condition we will con- chem his son with the edge of the
sent to you: If you will become as we sword, and took Dinah from She-
are, if every male of you is circum- chem’s house, and went out.
cised, 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the
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their sister had been defiled. were with him.


28 They took their sheep, their oxen, 7 And he built an altar there and
and their donkeys, what was in the called the place El Bethel, because
city and what was in the field, there God appeared to him when he
29 and all their wealth. All their fled from the face of his brother.
little ones and their wives they took 8 Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse,
captive; and they plundered even all died, and she was buried below Beth-
that was in the houses. el under the terebinth tree. So the
30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and name of it was called Allon Bachuth.
Levi, “You have troubled me by mak- 9 Then God appeared to Jacob
ing me obnoxious among the inhabit- again, when he came from Padan
ants of the land, among the Canaan- Aram, and blessed him.
ites and the Perizzites; and since I am 10 And God said to him, “Your
few in number, they will gather them- name is Jacob; your name shall not be
selves together against me and kill called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall
me. I shall be destroyed, my house- be your name.” So He called his name
hold and I.” Israel.
31 But they said, “Should he treat 11 Also God said to him: “I am God
our sister like a harlot?” Almighty. Be fr uitful and multiply; a
nation and a company of nations
CHAPTER 35 shall proceed from you, and kings
1 Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, g o shall come from your body.
up to Bethel and dwell there; and 12 The land which I gave Abraham
make an altar there to God, who ap- and Isaac I give to you; and to your
peared to you when you fled from the descendants after you I give this
face of Esau your brother.” land.”
2 And Jacob said to his household 13 Then God went up from him in
and to all who were with him, “Put the place where He talked with him.
away the foreign g ods that are among 14 So Jacob set up a pillar in the
you, purify yourselves, and change place where He talked with him, a
your gar ments. pillar of stone; and he poured a drink
3 Then let us arise and g o up to offering on it, and he poured oil on
Bethel; and I will make an altar there it.
to God, who answered me in the day 15 And Jacob called the name of the
of my distress and has been with me place where God spoke with him,
in the way which I have g one.” Bethel.
4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign 16 Then they journeyed from Bethel.
g ods which were in their hands, and And when there was but a little dis-
the ear rings which were in their ears; tance to g o to Ephrath, Rachel
and Jacob hid them under the ter- labored in childbirth, and she had
ebinth tree which was by Shechem. hard labor.
5 And they journeyed, and the terror 17 Now it came to pass, when she
of God was upon the cities that were was in hard labor, that the midwife
all around them, and they did not said to her, “Do not fear; you will
pursue the sons of Jacob. have this son also.”
6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, 18 And so it was, as her soul was de-
Bethel), which is in the land of parting (for she died), that she called
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called him Benjamin. 5 And Aholibamah bore Jeush,


19 So Rachel died and was buried on Jaalam, and Korah. These were the
the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethle- sons of Esau who were born to him
hem). in the land of Canaan.
20 And Jacob set a pillar on her 6 Then Esau took his wives, his
g rave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s sons, his daughters, and all the per-
g rave to this day. sons of his household, his cattle and
21 Then Israel journeyed and pitched all his animals, and all his g oods
his tent beyond the tower of Eder. which he had gained in the land of
22 And it happened, when Israel Canaan, and went to a country away
dwelt in that land, that Reuben went from the presence of his brother Jac-
and lay with Bilhah his father’s con- ob.
cubine; and Israel heard about it. 7 For their possessions were too
Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: g reat for them to dwell together, and
23 the sons of Leah were Reuben, the land where they were strangers
Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, could not support them because of
Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; their livestock.
24 the sons of Rachel were Joseph 8 So Esau dwelt in Mount Seir. Esau
and Benjamin; is Edom.
25 the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s 9 And this is the genealog y of Esau
maidser vant, were Dan and Naphtali; the father of the Edomites in Mount
26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s Seir.
maidser vant, were Gad and Asher. 10 These were the names of Esau’s
These were the sons of Jacob who sons: Eliphaz the son of Adah the
were born to him in Padan Aram. wife of Esau, and Reuel the son of
27 Then Jacob came to his father Basemath the wife of Esau.
Isaac at Mamre, or Kirjath Arba (that 11 And the sons of Eliphaz were
is, Hebron), where Abraham and Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and
Isaac had dwelt. Kenaz.
28 Now the days of Isaac were one 12 Now Timna was the concubine of
hundred and eighty years. Eliphaz, Esau’s son, and she bore
29 So Isaac breathed his last and Amalek to Eliphaz. These were the
died, and was gathered to his people, sons of Adah, Esau’s wife.
being old and full of days. And his 13 These were the sons of Reuel:
sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and
Mizzah. These were the sons of
CHAPTER 36 Basemath, Esau’s wife.
1 Now this is the genealog y of Esau, 14 These were the sons of
who is Edom. Aholibamah, Esau’s wife, the daugh-
2 Esau took his wives from the ter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon.
daughters of Canaan: Adah the And she bore to Esau: Jeush, Jaalam,
daughter of Elon the Hittite; and Korah.
Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, 15 These were the chiefs of the sons
the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite; of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz, the
3 and Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter, firstborn son of Esau, were Chief
sister of Nebajoth. Teman, Chief Omar, Chief Zepho,
4 Now Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Chief Kenaz,
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Chief Amalek. These were the chiefs Chief Dishan. These were the chiefs
of Eliphaz in the land of Edom. of the Horites, according to their
They were the sons of Adah. chiefs in the land of Seir.
17 These were the sons of Reuel, 31 Now these were the kings who
Esau’s son: Chief Nahath, Chief Zer- reigned in the land of Edom before
ah, Chief Shammah, and Chief any king reigned over the children of
Mizzah. These were the chiefs of Re- Israel:
uel in the land of Edom. These were 32 Bela the son of Beor reigned in
the sons of Basemath, Esau’s wife. Edom, and the name of his city was
18 And these were the sons of Dinhabah.
Aholibamah, Esau’s wife: Chief 33 And when Bela died, Jobab the
Jeush, Chief Jaalam, and Chief son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in
Korah. These were the chiefs who his place.
descended from Aholibamah, Esau’s 34 When Jobab died, Husham of the
wife, the daughter of Anah. land of the Temanites reigned in his
19 These were the sons of Esau, place.
who is Edom, and these were their 35 And when Husham died, Hadad
chiefs. the son of Bedad, who attacked Midi-
20 These were the sons of Seir the an in the field of Moab, reigned in
Horite who inhabited the land: Lotan, his place. And the name of his city
Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, was Avith.
21 Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These 36 When Hadad died, Samlah of
were the chiefs of the Horites, the Masrekah reigned in his place.
sons of Seir, in the land of Edom. 37 And when Samlah died, Saul of
22 And the sons of Lotan were Hori Rehoboth-by-the-River reigned in his
and Hemam. Lotan’s sister was place.
Timna. 38 When Saul died, Baal-Hanan the
23 These were the sons of Shobal: son of Achbor reigned in his place.
Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and 39 And when Baal-Hanan the son of
Onam. Achbor died, Hadar reigned in his
24 These were the sons of Zibeon: place; and the name of his city was
both Ajah and Anah. This was the Pau. His wife’s name was Mehetabel,
Anah who found the water in the wil- the daughter of Matred, the daughter
derness as he pastured the donkeys of Mezahab.
of his father Zibeon. 40 And these were the names of the
25 These were the children of Anah: chiefs of Esau, according to their
Dishon and Aholibamah the daughter families and their places, by their
of Anah. names: Chief Timnah, Chief Alvah,
26 These were the sons of Dishon: Chief Jetheth,
Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 41 Chief Aholibamah, Chief Elah,
27 These were the sons of Ezer: Bil- Chief Pinon,
han, Zaavan, and Akan. 42 Chief Kenaz, Chief Teman, Chief
28 These were the sons of Dishan: Mibzar,
Uz and Aran. 43 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram.
29 These were the chiefs of the Hor- These were the chiefs of Edom, ac-
ites: Chief Lotan, Chief Shobal, cording to their dwelling places in the
Chief Zibeon, Chief Anah, land of their possession. Esau was
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11 And his brothers envied him, but


CHAPTER 37 his father kept the matter in mind.
1 Now Jacob dwelt in the land where 12 Then his brothers went to feed
his father was a stranger, in the land their father’s flock in Shechem.
of Canaan. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are
2 This is the history of Jacob. not your brothers feeding the flock in
Joseph, being seventeen years old, Shechem? Come, I will send you to
was feeding the flock with his broth- them.” So he said to him, “Here I
ers. And the lad was with the sons of am.”
Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his 14 Then he said to him, “Please g o
father’s wives; and Joseph brought a and see if it is well with your broth-
bad report of them to his father. ers and well with the flocks, and
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than bring back word to me.” So he sent
all his children, because he was the him out of the Valley of Hebron, and
son of his old age. Also he made him he went to Shechem.
a tunic of many colors. 15 Now a certain man found him,
4 But when his brothers saw that and there he was, wandering in the
their father loved him more than all field. And the man asked him, saying,
his brothers, they hated him and “What are you seeking?”
could not speak peaceably to him. 16 So he said, “I am seeking my
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he brothers. Please tell me where they
told it to his brothers; and they hated are feeding their flocks.”
him even more. 17 And the man said, “They have de -
6 So he said to them, “Please hear parted from here, for I heard them
this dream which I have dreamed: say, “Let us g o to Dothan.”‘So Joseph
7 There we were, binding sheaves in went after his brothers and found
the field. Then behold, my sheaf them in Dothan.
arose and also stood upright; and in- 18 Now when they saw him afar off,
deed your sheaves stood all around even before he came near them, they
and bowed down to my sheaf.” conspired against him to kill him.
8 And his brothers said to him, 19 Then they said to one another,
“Shall you indeed reign over us? Or “Look, this dreamer is coming!
shall you indeed have dominion over 20 Come therefore, let us now kill
us?” So they hated him even more for him and cast him into some pit; and
his dreams and for his words. we shall say, “Some wild beast has de-
9 Then he dreamed still another voured him.’ We shall see what will
dream and told it to his brothers, and become of his dreams!”
said, “Look, I have dreamed another 21 But Reuben heard it, and he de -
dream. And this time, the sun, the livered him out of their hands, and
moon, and the eleven stars bowed said, “Let us not kill him.”
down to me.” 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed
10 So he told it to his father and his no blood, but cast him into this pit
brothers; and his father rebuked him which is in the wilderness, and do not
and said to him, “What is this dream lay a hand on him”—that he might
that you have dreamed? Shall your deliver him out of their hands, and
mother and I and your brothers in- bring him back to his father.
deed come to bow down to the earth 23 So it came to pass, when Joseph
before you?” had come to his brothers, that they

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stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tu- he refused to be comforted, and he


nic of many colors that was on him. said, “For I shall g o down into the
24 Then they took him and cast him g rave to my son in mourning.” Thus
into a pit. And the pit was empty; his father wept for him.
there was no water in it. 36 Now the Midianites had sold him
25 And they sat down to eat a meal. in Eg ypt to Potiphar, an officer of
Then they lifted their eyes and Pharaoh and captain of the guard.
looked, and there was a company of
Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with CHAPTER 38
their camels, bearing spices, balm, 1 It came to pass at that time that
and myrrh, on their way to carry Judah departed from his brothers,
them down to Eg ypt. and visited a certain Adullamite
26 So Judah said to his brothers, whose name was Hirah.
“What profit is there if we kill our 2 And Judah saw there a daughter of
brother and conceal his blood? a certain Canaanite whose name was
27 Come and let us sell him to the Shua, and he married her and went in
Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be to her.
upon him, for he is our brother and 3 So she conceived and bore a son,
our flesh.” And his brothers listened. and he called his name Er.
28 Then Midianite traders passed by; 4 She conceived again and bore a
so the brothers pulled Joseph up and son, and she called his name Onan.
lifted him out of the pit, and sold 5 And she conceived yet again and
him to the Ishmaelites for twenty bore a son, and called his name She-
shekels of silver. And they took lah. He was at Chezib when she bore
Joseph to Eg ypt. him.
29 Then Reuben returned to the pit, 6 Then Judah took a wife for Er his
and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
and he tore his clothes. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was
30 And he returned to his brothers wicked in the sight of the LORD, and
and said, “The lad is no more; and I, the LORD killed him.
where shall I g o?” 8 And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to
31 So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed your brother’s wife and marry her,
a kid of the g oats, and dipped the tu- and raise up an heir to your brother.”
nic in the blood. 9 But Onan knew that the heir would
32 Then they sent the tunic of many not be his; and it came to pass, when
colors, and they brought it to their he went in to his brother’s wife, that
father and said, “We have found this. he emitted on the g round, lest he
Do you know whether it is your son’s should give an heir to his brother.
tunic or not?” 10 And the thing which he did dis-
33 And he recognized it and said, “It pleased the LORD; therefore He
is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has killed him also.
devoured him. Without doubt Joseph 11 Then Judah said to Tamar his
is torn to pieces.” daughter-in-law, “Remain a widow in
34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put your father’s house till my son Shelah
sackcloth on his waist, and mourned is grown.” For he said, “Lest he also
for his son many days. die like his brothers.” And Tamar
35 And all his sons and all his went and dwelt in her father’s house.
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daughter of Shua, Judah’s wife, died; the place said there was no harlot in
and Judah was comforted, and went this place.”
up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he 23 Then Judah said, “Let her take
and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. them for herself, lest we be shamed;
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, for I sent this young g oat and you
“Look, your father-in-law is g oing up have not found her.”
to Timnah to shear his sheep.” 24 And it came to pass, about three
14 So she took off her widow’s gar - months after, that Judah was told,
ments, covered herself with a veil saying, “Tamar your daughter-in-law
and wrapped herself, and sat in an has played the harlot; further more
open place which was on the way to she is with child by harlotry.” So
Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was Judah said, “Bring her out and let her
g rown, and she was not given to him be burned!”
as a wife. 25 When she was brought out, she
15 When Judah saw her, he thought sent to her father-in-law, saying, “By
she was a harlot, because she had the man to whom these belong, I am
covered her face. with child.” And she said, “Please de-
16 Then he turned to her by the way, ter mine whose these are—the signet
and said, “Please let me come in to and cord, and staff.”
you”; for he did not know that she 26 So Judah acknowledged them and
was his daughter-in-law. So she said, said, “She has been more righteous
“What will you give me, that you may than I, because I did not give her to
come in to me?” Shelah my son.” And he never knew
17 And he said, “I will send a young her again.
g oat from the flock.” So she said, 27 Now it came to pass, at the time
“Will you give me a pledge till you for giving birth, that behold, twins
send it? were in her womb.
18 Then he said, “What pledge shall 28 And so it was, when she was giv -
I give you?” So she said, “Your signet ing birth, that the one put out his
and cord, and your staff that is in hand; and the midwife took a scarlet
your hand.” Then he gave them to thread and bound it on his hand, say-
her, and went in to her, and she con- ing, “This one came out first.”
ceived by him. 29 Then it happened, as he drew
19 So she arose and went away, and back his hand, that his brother came
laid aside her veil and put on the gar - out unexpectedly; and she said, “How
ments of her widowhood. did you break through? This breach
20 And Judah sent the young g oat by be upon you!” Therefore his name
the hand of his friend the Adullam - was called Perez.
ite, to receive his pledge from the 30 Afterward his brother came out
woman’s hand, but he did not find who had the scarlet thread on his
her. hand. And his name was called Zerah.
21 Then he asked the men of that
place, saying, “Where is the harlot CHAPTER 39
who was openly by the roadside?” 1 Now Joseph had been taken down
And they said, “There was no harlot to Eg ypt. And Potiphar, an officer of
in this place.” Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an
22 So he returned to Judah and said, Eg yptian, bought him from the Ish-
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there. ment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he


2 The LORD was with Joseph, and left his gar ment in her hand, and fled
he was a successful man; and he was and ran outside.
in the house of his master the Eg yp- 13 And so it was, when she saw that
tian. he had left his gar ment in her hand
3 And his master saw that the LORD and fled outside,
was with him and that the LORD 14 that she called to the men of her
made all he did to prosper in his house and spoke to them, saying,
hand. “See, he has brought in to us a
4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, Hebrew to mock us. He came in to
and ser ved him. Then he made him me to lie with me, and I cried out
overseer of his house, and all that he with a loud voice.
had he put under his authority. 15 And it happened, when he heard
5 So it was, from the time that he that I lifted my voice and cried out,
had made him overseer of his house that he left his gar ment with me, and
and all that he had, that the LORD fled and went outside.”
blessed the Eg yptian’s house for 16 So she kept his gar ment with her
Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the until his master came home.
LORD was on all that he had in the 17 Then she spoke to him with
house and in the field. words like these, saying, “The
6 Thus he left all that he had in Hebrew ser vant whom you brought to
Joseph’s hand, and he did not know us came in to me to mock me;
what he had except for the bread 18 so it happened, as I lifted my
which he ate. Now Joseph was hand- voice and cried out, that he left his
some in form and appearance. gar ment with me and fled outside.”
7 And it came to pass after these 19 So it was, when his master heard
things that his master’s wife cast the words which his wife spoke to
longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, him, saying, “Your ser vant did to me
“Lie with me.” after this manner,” that his anger was
8 But he refused and said to his mas - aroused.
ter’s wife, “Look, my master does not 20 Then Joseph’s master took him
know what is with me in the house, and put him into the prison, a place
and he has committed all that he has where the king’s prisoners were con-
to my hand. fined. And he was there in the prison.
9 There is no one g reater in this 21 But the LORD was with Joseph
house than I, nor has he kept back and showed him mercy, and He gave
anything from me but you, because him favor in the sight of the keeper
you are his wife. How then can I do of the prison.
this g reat wickedness, and sin against 22 And the keeper of the prison
God?” committed to Joseph’s hand all the
10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph prisoners who were in the prison;
day by day, that he did not heed her, whatever they did there, it was his
to lie with her or to be with her. doing.
11 But it happened about this time, 23 The keeper of the prison did not
when Joseph went into the house to look into anything that was under
do his work, and none of the men of Joseph’s authority, because the LORD
the house was inside, was with him; and whatever he did,
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the interpretation of it: The three


CHAPTER 40 branches are three days.
1 It came to pass after these things 13 Now within three days Pharaoh
that the butler and the baker of the will lift up your head and restore you
king of Eg ypt offended their lord, to your place, and you will put
the king of Eg ypt. Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according
2 And Pharaoh was ang ry with his to the for mer manner, when you were
two officers, the chief butler and the his butler.
chief baker. 14 But remember me when it is well
3 So he put them in custody in the with you, and please show kindness
house of the captain of the guard, in to me; make mention of me to
the prison, the place where Joseph Pharaoh, and get me out of this
was confined. house.
4 And the captain of the guard 15 For indeed I was stolen away
charged Joseph with them, and he from the land of the Hebrews; and
ser ved them; so they were in custody also I have done nothing here that
for a while. they should put me into the dun-
5 Then the butler and the baker of geon.”
the king of Eg ypt, who were con- 16 When the chief baker saw that
fined in the prison, had a dream, the interpretation was g ood, he said
both of them, each man’s dream in to Joseph, “I also was in my dream,
one night and each man’s dream with and there were three white baskets on
its own interpretation. my head.
6 And Joseph came in to them in the 17 In the upper most basket were all
morning and looked at them, and saw kinds of baked g oods for Pharaoh,
that they were sad. and the birds ate them out of the
7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who basket on my head.”
were with him in the custody of his 18 So Joseph answered and said,
lord’s house, saying, “Why do you “This is the interpretation of it: The
look so sad today?” three baskets are three days.
8 And they said to him, “We each 19 Within three days Pharaoh will
have had a dream, and there is no in- lift off your head from you and hang
terpreter of it.” So Joseph said to you on a tree; and the birds will eat
them, “Do not interpretations belong your flesh from you.”
to God? Tell them to me, please.” 20 Now it came to pass on the third
9 Then the chief butler told his day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday,
dream to Joseph, and said to him, that he made a feast for all his ser -
“Behold, in my dream a vine was be- vants; and he lifted up the head of
fore me, the chief butler and of the chief
10 and in the vine were three baker among his ser vants.
branches; it was as though it budded, 21 Then he restored the chief butler
its blossoms shot forth, and its to his butlership again, and he placed
clusters brought forth ripe grapes. the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.
11 Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as
hand; and I took the g rapes and Joseph had interpreted to them.
pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and 23 Yet the chief butler did not re-
placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” member Joseph, but forg ot him.
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CHAPTER 41 for us; to each man he interpreted ac-


1 Then it came to pass, at the end of cording to his own dream.
two full years, that Pharaoh had a 13 And it came to pass, just as he in -
dream; and behold, he stood by the terpreted for us, so it happened. He
river. restored me to my office, and he
2 Suddenly there came up out of the hanged him.”
river seven cows, fine looking and 14 Then Pharaoh sent and called
fat; and they fed in the meadow. Joseph, and they brought him quickly
3 Then behold, seven other cows out of the dungeon; and he shaved,
came up after them out of the river, changed his clothing, and came to
ugly and gaunt, and stood by the oth- Pharaoh.
er cows on the bank of the river. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I
4 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate have had a dream, and there is no one
up the seven fine looking and fat who can interpret it. But I have heard
cows. So Pharaoh awoke. it said of you that you can under-
5 He slept and dreamed a second stand a dream, to interpret it.”
time; and suddenly seven heads of 16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, say-
g rain came up on one stalk, plump ing, “It is not in me; God will give
and g ood. Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
6 Then behold, seven thin heads, 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph:
blighted by the east wind, sprang up “Behold, in my dream I stood on the
after them. bank of the river.
7 And the seven thin heads devoured 18 Suddenly seven cows came up out
the seven plump and full heads. So of the river, fine looking and fat; and
Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a they fed in the meadow.
dream. 19 Then behold, seven other cows
8 Now it came to pass in the morn- came up after them, poor and ver y
ing that his spirit was troubled, and ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I
he sent and called for all the magi- have never seen in all the land of
cians of Eg ypt and all its wise men. Eg ypt.
And Pharaoh told them his dreams, 20 And the gaunt and ugly cows ate
but there was no one who could in- up the first seven, the fat cows.
terpret them for Pharaoh. 21 When they had eaten them up, no
9 Then the chief butler spoke to one would have known that they had
Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my eaten them, for they were just as ugly
faults this day. as at the beginning. So I awoke.
10 When Pharaoh was ang ry with his 22 Also I saw in my dream, and sud-
ser vants, and put me in custody in denly seven heads came up on one
the house of the captain of the stalk, full and g ood.
guard, both me and the chief baker, 23 Then behold, seven heads,
11 we each had a dream in one night, withered, thin, and blighted by the
he and I. Each of us dreamed accord- east wind, sprang up after them.
ing to the interpretation of his own 24 And the thin heads devoured the
dream. seven g ood heads. So I told this to
12 Now there was a young Hebrew the magicians, but there was no one
man with us there, a ser vant of the who could explain it to me.”
captain of the guard. And we told 25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh,
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God has shown Pharaoh what He is all his ser vants.


about to do: 38 And Pharaoh said to his ser vants,
26 The seven g ood cows are seven “Can we find such a one as this, a
years, and the seven g ood heads are man in whom is the Spirit of God?”
seven years; the dreams are one. 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph,
27 And the seven thin and ugly cows “Inasmuch as God has shown you all
which came up after them are seven this, there is no one as discerning and
years, and the seven empty heads wise as you.
blighted by the east wind are seven 40 You shall be over my house, and
years of famine. all my people shall be r uled according
28 This is the thing which I have to your word; only in regard to the
spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown throne will I be g reater than you.”
Pharaoh what He is about to do. 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See,
29 Indeed seven years of great I have set you over all the land of
plenty will come throughout all the Eg ypt.”
land of Eg ypt; 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring
30 but after them seven years of off his hand and put it on Joseph’s
famine will arise, and all the plenty hand; and he clothed him in gar ments
will be forg otten in the land of of fine linen and put a g old chain
Eg ypt; and the famine will deplete around his neck.
the land. 43 And he had him ride in the
31 So the plenty will not be known second chariot which he had; and
in the land because of the famine fol- they cried out before him, “Bow the
lowing, for it will be very severe. knee!” So he set him over all the land
32 And the dream was repeated to of Eg ypt.
Pharaoh twice because the thing is 44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I
established by God, and God will am Pharaoh, and without your con-
shortly bring it to pass. sent no man may lift his hand or foot
33 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh se- in all the land of Eg ypt.”
lect a discerning and wise man, and 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s
set him over the land of Eg ypt. name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him gave him as a wife Asenath, the
appoint officers over the land, to col- daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of
lect one-fifth of the produce of the On. So Joseph went out over all the
land of Eg ypt in the seven plentiful land of Eg ypt.
years. 46 Joseph was thirty years old when
35 And let them gather all the food he stood before Pharaoh king of
of those g ood years that are coming, Eg ypt. And Joseph went out from the
and store up g rain under the author - presence of Pharaoh, and went
ity of Pharaoh, and let them keep throughout all the land of Eg ypt.
food in the cities. 47 Now in the seven plentiful years
36 Then that food shall be as a re- the ground brought forth abundantly.
ser ve for the land for the seven years 48 So he gathered up all the food of
of famine which shall be in the land the seven years which were in the
of Eg ypt, that the land may not per- land of Eg ypt, and laid up the food
ish during the famine.” in the cities; he laid up in every city
37 So the advice was g ood in the the food of the fields which surroun-
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49 Joseph gathered very much grain, 4 But Jacob did not send Joseph’s
as the sand of the sea, until he brother Benjamin with his brothers,
stopped counting, for it was immeas- for he said, “Lest some calamity be-
urable. fall him.”
50 And to Joseph were born two 5 And the sons of Israel went to buy
sons before the years of famine g rain among those who journeyed,
came, whom Asenath, the daughter for the famine was in the land of
of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to Canaan.
him. 6 Now Joseph was g overnor over the
51 Joseph called the name of the land; and it was he who sold to all
firstborn Manasseh: “For God has the people of the land. And Joseph’s
made me forget all my toil and all my brothers came and bowed down be-
father’s house.” fore him with their faces to the earth.
52 And the name of the second he 7 Joseph saw his brothers and recog-
called Ephraim: “For God has caused nized them, but he acted as a stranger
me to be fr uitful in the land of my to them and spoke roughly to them.
affliction.” Then he said to them, “Where do you
53 Then the seven years of plenty come from?” And they said, “From
which were in the land of Eg ypt the land of Canaan to buy food.”
ended, 8 So Joseph recognized his brothers,
54 and the seven years of famine but they did not recognize him.
began to come, as Joseph had said. 9 Then Joseph remembered the
The famine was in all lands, but in all dreams which he had dreamed about
the land of Eg ypt there was bread. them, and said to them, “You are
55 So when all the land of Eg ypt spies! You have come to see the na-
was famished, the people cried to kedness of the land!”
Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh 10 And they said to him, “No, my
said to all the Eg yptians, “Go to lord, but your ser vants have come to
Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” buy food.
56 The famine was over all the face 11 We are all one man’s sons; we are
of the earth, and Joseph opened all honest men; your ser vants are not
the storehouses and sold to the spies.”
Eg yptians. And the famine became 12 But he said to them, “No, but you
severe in the land of Eg ypt. have come to see the nakedness of
57 So all countries came to Joseph in the land.”
Eg ypt to buy g rain, because the fam- 13 And they said, “Your ser vants are
ine was severe in all lands. twelve brothers, the sons of one man
in the land of Canaan; and in fact,
CHAPTER 42 the youngest is with our father today,
1 When Jacob saw that there was and one is no more.”
g rain in Eg ypt, Jacob said to his sons, 14 But Joseph said to them, “It is as
“Why do you look at one another?” I spoke to you, saying, “You are
2 And he said, “Indeed I have heard spies!’
that there is g rain in Eg ypt; g o down 15 In this manner you shall be
to that place and buy for us there, tested: By the life of Pharaoh, you
that we may live and not die.” shall not leave this place unless your
3 So Joseph’s ten brothers went youngest brother comes here.
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bring your brother; and you shall be sack.


kept in prison, that your words may 28 So he said to his brothers, “My
be tested to see whether there is any money has been restored, and there it
tr uth in you; or else, by the life of is, in my sack!” Then their hearts
Pharaoh, surely you are spies!” failed them and they were afraid, say-
17 So he put them all together in ing to one another, “What is this that
prison three days. God has done to us?”
18 Then Joseph said to them the 29 Then they went to Jacob their
third day, “Do this and live, for I fear father in the land of Canaan and told
God: him all that had happened to them,
19 If you are honest men, let one of saying:
your brothers be confined to your 30 “The man who is lord of the land
prison house; but you, g o and carry spoke roughly to us, and took us for
g rain for the famine of your houses. spies of the country.
20 And bring your youngest brother 31 But we said to him, “We are hon -
to me; so your words will be verified, est men; we are not spies.
and you shall not die.” And they did 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of
so. our father; one is no more, and the
21 Then they said to one another, youngest is with our father this day
“We are tr uly guilty concerning our in the land of Canaan.’
brother, for we saw the anguish of 33 Then the man, the lord of the
his soul when he pleaded with us, and countr y, said to us, “By this I will
we would not hear; therefore this dis- know that you are honest men: Leave
tress has come upon us.” one of your brothers here with me,
22 And Reuben answered them, say- take food for the famine of your
ing, “Did I not speak to you, saying, households, and be g one.
“Do not sin against the boy’; and you 34 And bring your youngest brother
would not listen? Therefore behold, to me; so I shall know that you are
his blood is now required of us.” not spies, but that you are honest
23 But they did not know that men. I will g rant your brother to you,
Joseph understood them, for he and you may trade in the land.”‘
spoke to them through an interpreter. 35 Then it happened as they emptied
24 And he turned himself away from their sacks, that surprisingly each
them and wept. Then he returned to man’s bundle of money was in his
them again, and talked with them. sack; and when they and their father
And he took Simeon from them and saw the bundles of money, they were
bound him before their eyes. afraid.
25 Then Joseph gave a command to 36 And Jacob their father said to
fill their sacks with g rain, to restore them, “You have bereaved me: Joseph
ever y man’s money to his sack, and to is no more, Simeon is no more, and
give them provisions for the journey. you want to take Benjamin. All these
Thus he did for them. things are against me.”
26 So they loaded their donkeys with 37 Then Reuben spoke to his father,
the grain and departed from there. saying, “Kill my two sons if I do not
27 But as one of them opened his bring him back to you; put him in my
sack to give his donkey feed at the hands, and I will bring him back to
encampment, he saw his money; and you.”
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down with you, for his brother is by now we would have returned this
dead, and he is left alone. If any second time.”
calamity should befall him along the 11 And their father Israel said to
way in which you g o, then you would them, “If it must be so, then do this:
bring down my g ray hair with sorrow Take some of the best fr uits of the
to the g rave.” land in your vessels and carry down a
present for the man—a little balm
CHAPTER 43 and a little honey, spices and myrrh,
1 Now the famine was severe in the pistachio nuts and almonds.
land. 12 Take double money in your hand,
2 And it came to pass, when they and take back in your hand the money
had eaten up the grain which they that was returned in the mouth of
had brought from Eg ypt, that their your sacks; perhaps it was an over-
father said to them, “Go back, buy us sight.
a little food.” 13 Take your brother also, and arise,
3 But Judah spoke to him, saying, g o back to the man.
“The man solemnly warned us, say- 14 And may God Almighty give you
ing, “You shall not see my face unless mercy before the man, that he may
your brother is with you.’ release your other brother and Ben-
4 If you send our brother with us, jamin. If I am bereaved, I am be -
we will g o down and buy you food. reaved!”
5 But if you will not send him, we 15 So the men took that present and
will not g o down; for the man said to Benjamin, and they took double
us, “You shall not see my face unless money in their hand, and arose and
your brother is with you.”‘ went down to Eg ypt; and they stood
6 And Israel said, “Why did you deal before Joseph.
so wrongfully with me as to tell the 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with
man whether you had still another them, he said to the steward of his
brother?” house, “Take these men to my home,
7 But they said, “The man asked us and slaughter an animal and make
pointedly about ourselves and our ready; for these men will dine with
family, saying, “Is your father still me at noon.”
alive? Have you another brother?’ 17 Then the man did as Joseph
And we told him according to these ordered, and the man brought the
words. Could we possibly have known men into Joseph’s house.
that he would say, “Bring your broth- 18 Now the men were afraid because
er down’?” they were brought into Joseph’s
8 Then Judah said to Israel his fath- house; and they said, “It is because
er, “Send the lad with me, and we will of the money, which was returned in
arise and g o, that we may live and not our sacks the first time, that we are
die, both we and you and also our brought in, so that he may make a
little ones. case against us and seize us, to take
9 I myself will be surety for him; us as slaves with our donkeys.”
from my hand you shall require him. 19 When they drew near to the stew-
If I do not bring him back to you and ard of Joseph’s house, they talked
set him before you, then let me bear with him at the door of the house,
the blame forever. 20 and said, “O sir, we indeed came
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21 but it happened, when we came to came out; and he restrained himself,


the encampment, that we opened our and said, “Ser ve the bread.”
sacks, and there, each man’s money 32 So they set him a place by him-
was in the mouth of his sack, our self, and them by themselves, and the
money in full weight; so we have Eg yptians who ate with him by them-
brought it back in our hand. selves; because the Eg yptians could
22 And we have brought down other not eat food with the Hebrews, for
money in our hands to buy food. We that is an abomination to the Eg yp-
do not know who put our money in tians.
our sacks.” 33 And they sat before him, the
23 But he said, “Peace be with you, firstborn according to his birthright
do not be afraid. Your God and the and the youngest according to his
God of your father has given you youth; and the men looked in aston-
treasure in your sacks; I had your ishment at one another.
money.” Then he brought Simeon out 34 Then he took ser vings to them
to them. from before him, but Benjamin’s
24 So the man brought the men into ser ving was five times as much as any
Joseph’s house and gave them water, of theirs. So they drank and were
and they washed their feet; and he merry with him.
gave their donkeys feed.
25 Then they made the present ready CHAPTER 44
for Joseph’s coming at noon, for they 1 And he commanded the steward of
heard that they would eat bread there. his house, saying, “Fill the men’s
26 And when Joseph came home, sacks with food, as much as they can
they brought him the present which carry, and put each man’s money in
was in their hand into the house, and the mouth of his sack.
bowed down before him to the earth. 2 Also put my cup, the silver cup, in
27 Then he asked them about their the mouth of the sack of the young-
well-being, and said, “Is your father est, and his g rain money.” So he did
well, the old man of whom you according to the word that Joseph
spoke? Is he still alive?” had spoken.
28 And they answered, “Your ser - 3 As soon as the morning dawned,
vant our father is in g ood health; he the men were sent away, they and
is still alive.” And they bowed their their donkeys.
heads down and prostrated them- 4 When they had g one out of the
selves. city, and were not yet far off, Joseph
29 Then he lifted his eyes and saw said to his steward, “Get up, follow
his brother Benjamin, his mother’s the men; and when you overtake
son, and said, “Is this your younger them, say to them, “Why have you re -
brother of whom you spoke to me?” paid evil for g ood?
And he said, “God be g racious to 5 Is not this the one from which my
you, my son.” lord drinks, and with which he indeed
30 Now his heart yearned for his practices divination? You have done
brother; so Joseph made haste and evil in so doing.”‘
sought somewhere to weep. And he 6 So he overtook them, and he spoke
went into his chamber and wept to them these same words.
there. 7 And they said to him, “Why does
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from us that your ser vants should do against your ser vant; for you are even
such a thing. like Pharaoh.
8 Look, we brought back to you 19 My lord asked his ser vants, say-
from the land of Canaan the money ing, “Have you a father or a brother?’
which we found in the mouth of our 20 And we said to my lord, “We have
sacks. How then could we steal silver a father, an old man, and a child of
or g old from your lord’s house? his old age, who is young; his brother
9 With whomever of your ser vants it is dead, and he alone is left of his
is found, let him die, and we also will mother’s children, and his father
be my lord’s slaves.” loves him.’
10 And he said, “Now also let it be 21 Then you said to your ser vants,
according to your words; he with “Bring him down to me, that I may
whom it is found shall be my slave, set my eyes on him.’
and you shall be blameless.” 22 And we said to my lord, “The lad
11 Then each man speedily let down cannot leave his father, for if he
his sack to the g round, and each should leave his father, his father
opened his sack. would die.’
12 So he searched. He began with 23 But you said to your ser vants,
the oldest and left off with the “Unless your youngest brother comes
youngest; and the cup was found in down with you, you shall see my face
Benjamin’s sack. no more.’
13 Then they tore their clothes, and 24 “So it was, when we went up to
each man loaded his donkey and re- your ser vant my father, that we told
turned to the city. him the words of my lord.
14 So Judah and his brothers came 25 And our father said, “Go back
to Joseph’s house, and he was still and buy us a little food.’
there; and they fell before him on the 26 But we said, “We cannot g o
g round. down; if our youngest brother is with
15 And Joseph said to them, “What us, then we will g o down; for we may
deed is this you have done? Did you not see the man’s face unless our
not know that such a man as I can youngest brother is with us.’
certainly practice divination?” 27 Then your ser vant my father said
16 Then Judah said, “What shall we to us, “You know that my wife bore
say to my lord? What shall we speak? me two sons;
Or how shall we clear ourselves? God 28 and the one went out from me,
has found out the iniquity of your and I said, “Surely he is torn to
ser vants; here we are, my lord’s pieces”; and I have not seen him
slaves, both we and he also with since.
whom the cup was found.” 29 But if you take this one also from
17 But he said, “Far be it from me me, and calamity befalls him, you
that I should do so; the man in whose shall bring down my gray hair with
hand the cup was found, he shall be sorrow to the g rave.’
my slave. And as for you, g o up in 30 “Now therefore, when I come to
peace to your father.” your ser vant my father, and the lad is
18 Then Judah came near to him and not with us, since his life is bound up
said: “O my lord, please let your ser - in the lad’s life,
vant speak a word in my lord’s hear- 31 it will happen, when he sees that
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So your ser vants will bring down the g reat deliverance.


g ray hair of your ser vant our father 8 So now it was not you who sent
with sorrow to the g rave. me here, but God; and He has made
32 For your ser vant became surety me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of
for the lad to my father, saying, “If I all his house, and a r uler throughout
do not bring him back to you, then I all the land of Eg ypt.
shall bear the blame before my father 9 “Hurry and g o up to my father,
forever.’ and say to him, “Thus says your son
33 Now therefore, please let your Joseph: “God has made me lord of
ser vant remain instead of the lad as a all Eg ypt; come down to me, do not
slave to my lord, and let the lad g o tarry.
up with his brothers. 10 You shall dwell in the land of
34 For how shall I g o up to my fath - Goshen, and you shall be near to me,
er if the lad is not with me, lest per- you and your children, your children’s
haps I see the evil that would come children, your flocks and your herds,
upon my father?” and all that you have.
11 There I will provide for you, lest
CHAPTER 45 you and your household, and all that
1 Then Joseph could not restrain you have, come to poverty; for there
himself before all those who stood are still five years of famine.”‘
by him, and he cried out, “Make 12 “And behold, your eyes and the
ever yone g o out from me!” So no one eyes of my brother Benjamin see that
stood with him while Joseph made it is my mouth that speaks to you.
himself known to his brothers. 13 So you shall tell my father of all
2 And he wept aloud, and the Eg yp- my glory in Eg ypt, and of all that you
tians and the house of Pharaoh heard have seen; and you shall hurry and
it. bring my father down here.”
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, 14 Then he fell on his brother Ben-
“I am Joseph; does my father still jamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin
live?” But his brothers could not an- wept on his neck.
swer him, for they were dismayed in 15 Moreover he kissed all his broth-
his presence. ers and wept over them, and after
4 And Joseph said to his brothers, that his brothers talked with him.
“Please come near to me.” So they 16 Now the report of it was heard in
came near. Then he said: “I am Pharaoh’s house, saying, “Joseph’s
Joseph your brother, whom you sold brothers have come.” So it pleased
into Eg ypt. Pharaoh and his ser vants well.
5 But now, do not therefore be 17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say
g rieved or ang ry with yourselves be- to your brothers, “Do this: Load your
cause you sold me here; for God sent animals and depart; g o to the land of
me before you to preser ve life. Canaan.
6 For these two years the famine has 18 Bring your father and your house-
been in the land, and there are still holds and come to me; I will give you
five years in which there will be the best of the land of Eg ypt, and
neither plowing nor har vesting. you will eat the fat of the land.
7 And God sent me before you to 19 Now you are commanded—do
preser ve a posterity for you in the this: Take carts out of the land of
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wives; bring your father and come. 3 So He said, “I am God, the God
20 Also do not be concerned about of your father; do not fear to g o
your g oods, for the best of all the down to Eg ypt, for I will make of
land of Eg ypt is yours.”‘ you a g reat nation there.
21 Then the sons of Israel did so; 4 I will g o down with you to Eg ypt,
and Joseph gave them carts, accord- and I will also surely bring you up
ing to the command of Pharaoh, and again; and Joseph will put his hand
he gave them provisions for the jour - on your eyes.”
ney. 5 Then Jacob arose from Beersheba;
22 He gave to all of them, to each and the sons of Israel carried their
man, changes of gar ments; but to father Jacob, their little ones, and
Benjamin he gave three hundred their wives, in the carts which
pieces of silver and five changes of Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
gar ments. 6 So they took their livestock and
23 And he sent to his father these their g oods, which they had acquired
things: ten donkeys loaded with the in the land of Canaan, and went to
g ood things of Eg ypt, and ten female Eg ypt, Jacob and all his descendants
donkeys loaded with g rain, bread, and with him.
food for his father for the journey. 7 His sons and his sons’ sons, his
24 So he sent his brothers away, and daughters and his sons’ daughters,
they departed; and he said to them, and all his descendants he brought
“See that you do not become with him to Eg ypt.
troubled along the way.” 8 Now these were the names of the
25 Then they went up out of Eg ypt, children of Israel, Jacob and his sons,
and came to the land of Canaan to who went to Eg ypt: Reuben was
Jacob their father. Jacob’s firstborn.
26 And they told him, saying, 9 The sons of Reuben were Hanoch,
“Joseph is still alive, and he is g ov- Pallu, Hezron, and Car mi.
ernor over all the land of Eg ypt.” 10 The sons of Simeon were Jemuel,
And Jacob’s heart stood still, because Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and
he did not believe them. Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman.
27 But when they told him all the 11 The sons of Levi were Gershon,
words which Joseph had said to them, Kohath, and Merari.
and when he saw the carts which 12 The sons of Judah were Er,
Joseph had sent to carry him, the Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but
spirit of Jacob their father revived. Er and Onan died in the land of
28 Then Israel said, “It is enough. Canaan). The sons of Perez were
Joseph my son is still alive. I will g o Hezron and Hamul.
and see him before I die.” 13 The sons of Issachar were Tola,
Puvah, Job, and Shimron.
CHAPTER 46 14 The sons of Zebulun were Sered,
1 So Israel took his journey with all Elon, and Jahleel.
that he had, and came to Beersheba, 15 These were the sons of Leah,
and offered sacrifices to the God of whom she bore to Jacob in Padan
his father Isaac. Aram, with his daughter Dinah. All
2 Then God spoke to Israel in the the persons, his sons and his daugh-
visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, ters, were thirty-three.
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Hag gi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and wept on his neck a g ood while.
Areli. 30 And Israel said to Joseph, “Now
17 The sons of Asher were Jimnah, let me die, since I have seen your
Ishuah, Isui, Beriah, and Serah, their face, because you are still alive.”
sister. And the sons of Beriah were 31 Then Joseph said to his brothers
Heber and Malchiel. and to his father’s household, “I will
18 These were the sons of Zilpah, g o up and tell Pharaoh, and say to
whom Laban gave to Leah his daugh- him, “My brothers and those of my
ter; and these she bore to Jacob: six- father’s house, who were in the land
teen persons. of Canaan, have come to me.
19 The sons of Rachel, Jacob’s wife, 32 And the men are shepherds, for
were Joseph and Benjamin. their occupation has been to feed
20 And to Joseph in the land of livestock; and they have brought their
Eg ypt were born Manasseh and Eph- flocks, their herds, and all that they
raim, whom Asenath, the daughter of have.’
Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to 33 So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls
him. you and says, “What is your occupa-
21 The sons of Benjamin were Be- tion?’
lah, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, 34 that you shall say, “Your ser vants’
Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and occupation has been with livestock
Ard. from our youth even till now, both we
22 These were the sons of Rachel, and also our fathers,’ that you may
who were born to Jacob: fourteen dwell in the land of Goshen; for
persons in all. every shepherd is an abomination to
23 The son of Dan was Hushim. the Eg yptians.”
24 The sons of Naphtali were
Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. CHAPTER 47
25 These were the sons of Bilhah, 1 Then Joseph went and told
whom Laban gave to Rachel his Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my
daughter, and she bore these to Jac- brothers, their flocks and their herds
ob: seven persons in all. and all that they possess, have come
26 All the persons who went with from the land of Canaan; and indeed
Jacob to Eg ypt, who came from his they are in the land of Goshen.”
body, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, 2 And he took five men from among
were sixty-six persons in all. his brothers and presented them to
27 And the sons of Joseph who were Pharaoh.
born to him in Eg ypt were two per - 3 Then Pharaoh said to his brothers,
sons. All the persons of the house of “What is your occupation?” And they
Jacob who went to Eg ypt were sev- said to Pharaoh, “Your ser vants are
enty. shepherds, both we and also our fath-
28 Then he sent Judah before him to ers.”
Joseph, to point out before him the 4 And they said to Pharaoh, “We
way to Goshen. And they came to the have come to dwell in the land, be-
land of Goshen. cause your ser vants have no pasture
29 So Joseph made ready his chariot for their flocks, for the famine is
and went up to Goshen to meet his severe in the land of Canaan. Now
father Israel; and he presented him- therefore, please let your ser vants
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5 Then Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, Canaan, all the Eg yptians came to


saying, “Your father and your broth- Joseph and said, “Give us bread, for
ers have come to you. why should we die in your presence?
6 The land of Eg ypt is before you. For the money has failed.”
Have your father and brothers dwell 16 Then Joseph said, “Give your
in the best of the land; let them dwell livestock, and I will give you bread
in the land of Goshen. And if you for your livestock, if the money is
know any competent men among g one.”
them, then make them chief herds- 17 So they brought their livestock to
men over my livestock.” Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread
7 Then Joseph brought in his father in exchange for the horses, the
Jacob and set him before Pharaoh; flocks, the cattle of the herds, and
and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. for the donkeys. Thus he fed them
8 Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How old with bread in exchange for all their
are you?” livestock that year.
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The 18 When that year had ended, they
days of the years of my pilg rimage came to him the next year and said to
are one hundred and thirty years; few him, “We will not hide from my lord
and evil have been the days of the that our money is g one; my lord also
years of my life, and they have not has our herds of livestock. There is
attained to the days of the years of nothing left in the sight of my lord
the life of my fathers in the days of but our bodies and our lands.
their pilg rimage.” 19 Why should we die before your
10 So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and eyes, both we and our land? Buy us
went out from before Pharaoh. and our land for bread, and we and
11 And Joseph situated his father our land will be ser vants of Pharaoh;
and his brothers, and gave them a give us seed, that we may live and not
possession in the land of Eg ypt, in die, that the land may not be desol-
the best of the land, in the land of ate.”
Rameses, as Pharaoh had com- 20 Then Joseph bought all the land
manded. of Eg ypt for Pharaoh; for every man
12 Then Joseph provided his father, of the Eg yptians sold his field, be-
his brothers, and all his father’s cause the famine was severe upon
household with bread, according to them. So the land became Pharaoh’s.
the number in their families. 21 And as for the people, he moved
13 Now there was no bread in all the them into the cities, from one end of
land; for the famine was very severe, the borders of Eg ypt to the other
so that the land of Eg ypt and the end.
land of Canaan languished because 22 Only the land of the priests he
of the famine. did not buy; for the priests had ra-
14 And Joseph gathered up all the tions allotted to them by Pharaoh,
money that was found in the land of and they ate their rations which
Eg ypt and in the land of Canaan, for Pharaoh gave them; therefore they
the grain which they bought; and did not sell their lands.
Joseph brought the money into 23 Then Joseph said to the people,
Pharaoh’s house. “Indeed I have bought you and your
15 So when the money failed in the land this day for Pharaoh. Look, here
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land. rael strengthened himself and sat up


24 And it shall come to pass in the on the bed.
har vest that you shall give one-fifth 3 Then Jacob said to Joseph: “God
to Pharaoh. Four-fifths shall be your Almighty appeared to me at Luz in
own, as seed for the field and for the land of Canaan and blessed me,
your food, for those of your house- 4 and said to me, “Behold, I will
holds and as food for your little make you fr uitful and multiply you,
ones.” and I will make of you a multitude of
25 So they said, “You have saved our people, and give this land to your
lives; let us find favor in the sight of descendants after you as an everlast-
my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s ing possession.’
ser vants.” 5 And now your two sons, Ephraim
26 And Joseph made it a law over and Manasseh, who were born to you
the land of Eg ypt to this day, that in the land of Eg ypt before I came to
Pharaoh should have one-fifth, ex- you in Eg ypt, are mine; as Reuben
cept for the land of the priests only, and Simeon, they shall be mine.
which did not become Pharaoh’s. 6 Your offspring whom you beget
27 So Israel dwelt in the land of after them shall be yours; they will be
Eg ypt, in the country of Goshen; and called by the name of their brothers
they had possessions there and g rew in their inheritance.
and multiplied exceedingly. 7 But as for me, when I came from
28 And Jacob lived in the land of Padan, Rachel died beside me in the
Eg ypt seventeen years. So the length land of Canaan on the way, when
of Jacob’s life was one hundred and there was but a little distance to g o
forty-seven years. to Ephrath; and I buried her there on
29 When the time drew near that Is - the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethle-
rael must die, he called his son hem).”
Joseph and said to him, “Now if I 8 Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and
have found favor in your sight, please said, “Who are these?”
put your hand under my thigh, and 9 Joseph said to his father, “They
deal kindly and tr uly with me. Please are my sons, whom God has given me
do not bury me in Eg ypt, in this place.” And he said, “Please
30 but let me lie with my fathers; bring them to me, and I will bless
you shall carry me out of Eg ypt and them.”
bur y me in their burial place.” And 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim
he said, “I will do as you have said.” with age, so that he could not see.
31 Then he said, “Swear to me.” And Then Joseph brought them near him,
he swore to him. So Israel bowed and he kissed them and embraced
himself on the head of the bed. them.
11 And Israel said to Joseph, “I had
CHAPTER 48 not thought to see your face; but in
1 Now it came to pass after these fact, God has also shown me your
things that Joseph was told, “Indeed offspring!”
your father is sick”; and he took with 12 So Joseph brought them from be-
him his two sons, Manasseh and Eph- side his knees, and he bowed down
raim. with his face to the earth.
2 And Jacob was told, “Look, your 13 And Joseph took them both, Eph-
son Joseph is coming to you”; and Is - raim with his right hand toward Is-

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rael’s left hand, and Manasseh with took from the hand of the Amorite
his left hand toward Israel’s right with my sword and my bow.”
hand, and brought them near him.
14 Then Israel stretched out his CHAPTER 49
right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s 1 And Jacob called his sons and said,
head, who was the younger, and his “Gather together, that I may tell you
left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding what shall befall you in the last days:
his hands knowingly, for Manasseh 2 “Gather together and hear, you
was the firstborn. sons of Jacob, And listen to Israel
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said: your father.
“God, before whom my fathers Abra- 3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, My
ham and Isaac walked, The God who might and the beginning of my
has fed me all my life long to this strength, The excellency of dignity
day, and the excellency of power.
16 The Angel who has redeemed me 4 Unstable as water, you shall not
from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my excel, Because you went up to your
name be named upon them, And the father’s bed; Then you defiled it—
name of my fathers Abraham and He went up to my couch.
Isaac; And let them g row into a mul- 5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers; In-
titude in the midst of the earth.” str uments of cruelty are in their
17 Now when Joseph saw that his dwelling place.
father laid his right hand on the head 6 Let not my soul enter their coun-
of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he cil; Let not my honor be united to
took hold of his father’s hand to re- their assembly; For in their anger
move it from Ephraim’s head to Man- they slew a man, And in their self-
asseh’s head. will they hamstr ung an ox.
18 And Joseph said to his father, 7 Cursed be their anger, for it is
“Not so, my father, for this one is the fierce; And their wrath, for it is
firstborn; put your right hand on his cr uel! I will divide them in Jacob And
head.” scatter them in Israel.
19 But his father refused and said, “I 8 “Judah, you are he whom your
know, my son, I know. He also shall brothers shall praise; Your hand shall
become a people, and he also shall be be on the neck of your enemies; Your
g reat; but tr uly his younger brother father’s children shall bow down be-
shall be g reater than he, and his des- fore you.
cendants shall become a multitude of 9 Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the
nations.” prey, my son, you have g one up. He
20 So he blessed them that day, say- bows down, he lies down as a lion;
ing, “By you Israel will bless, saying, And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
“May God make you as Ephraim and 10 The scepter shall not depart from
as Manasseh!”‘And thus he set Eph- Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between
raim before Manasseh. his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to
21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Be- Him shall be the obedience of the
hold, I am dying, but God will be people.
with you and bring you back to the 11 Binding his donkey to the vine,
land of your fathers. And his donkey’s colt to the choice
22 Moreover I have given to you one vine, He washed his gar ments in
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g rapes. crown of the head of him who was


12 His eyes are darker than wine, separate from his brothers.
And his teeth whiter than milk. 27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In
13 “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven the morning he shall devour the prey,
of the sea; He shall become a haven And at night he shall divide the
for ships, And his border shall adjoin spoil.”
Sidon. 28 All these are the twelve tribes of
14 “Issachar is a strong donkey, Ly- Israel, and this is what their father
ing down between two burdens; spoke to them. And he blessed them;
15 He saw that rest was g ood, And he blessed each one according to his
that the land was pleasant; He bowed own blessing.
his shoulder to bear a burden, And 29 Then he charged them and said to
became a band of slaves. them: “I am to be gathered to my
16 “Dan shall judge his people As people; bury me with my fathers in
one of the tribes of Israel. the cave that is in the field of Eph-
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, ron the Hittite,
A viper by the path, That bites the 30 in the cave that is in the field of
horse’s heels So that its rider shall Machpelah, which is before Mamre in
fall backward. the land of Canaan, which Abraham
18 I have waited for your salvation, bought with the field of Ephron the
O LORD! Hittite as a possession for a burial
19 “Gad, a troop shall tramp upon place.
him, But he shall triumph at last. 31 There they buried Abraham and
20 “Bread from Asher shall be rich, Sarah his wife, there they buried
And he shall yield royal dainties. Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there
21 “Naphtali is a deer let loose; He I buried Leah.
uses beautiful words. 32 The field and the cave that is
22 “Joseph is a fr uitful bough, A there were purchased from the sons
fr uitful bough by a well; His branches of Heth.”
r un over the wall. 33 And when Jacob had finished
23 The archers have bitterly g rieved commanding his sons, he drew his
him, Shot at him and hated him. feet up into the bed and breathed his
24 But his bow remained in strength, last, and was gathered to his people.
And the ar ms of his hands were made
strong By the hands of the Mighty CHAPTER 50
God of Jacob (From there is the 1 Then Joseph fell on his father’s
Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), face and wept over him, and kissed
25 By the God of your father who him.
will help you, And by the Almighty 2 And Joseph commanded his ser -
who will bless you With blessings of vants the physicians to embalm his
heaven above, Blessings of the deep father. So the physicians embalmed
that lies beneath, Blessings of the Israel.
breasts and of the womb. 3 Forty days were required for him,
26 The blessings of your father for such are the days required for
Have excelled the blessings of my an- those who are embalmed; and the
cestors, Up to the utmost bound of Eg yptians mourned for him seventy
the everlasting hills. They shall be on days.
the head of Joseph, And on the 4 Now when the days of his mourn-

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ing were past, Joseph spoke to the the Hittite as property for a burial
household of Pharaoh, saying, “If place.
now I have found favor in your eyes, 14 And after he had buried his fath-
please speak in the hearing of er, Joseph returned to Eg ypt, he and
Pharaoh, saying, his brothers and all who went up with
5 “My father made me swear, saying, him to bury his father.
“Behold, I am dying; in my g rave 15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that
which I dug for myself in the land of their father was dead, they said, “Per-
Canaan, there you shall bur y me.” haps Joseph will hate us, and may ac-
Now therefore, please let me g o up tually repay us for all the evil which
and bury my father, and I will come we did to him.”
back.”‘ 16 So they sent messengers to
6 And Pharaoh said, “Go up and Joseph, saying, “Before your father
bur y your father, as he made you died he commanded, saying,
swear.” 17 “Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I
7 So Joseph went up to bury his beg you, please forgive the trespass
father; and with him went up all the of your brothers and their sin; for
ser vants of Pharaoh, the elders of they did evil to you.”‘Now, please,
his house, and all the elders of the forgive the trespass of the ser vants
land of Eg ypt, of the God of your father.” And
8 as well as all the house of Joseph, Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
his brothers, and his father’s house. 18 Then his brothers also went and
Only their little ones, their flocks, fell down before his face, and they
and their herds they left in the land said, “Behold, we are your ser vants.”
of Goshen. 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be
9 And there went up with him both afraid, for am I in the place of God?
chariots and horsemen, and it was a 20 But as for you, you meant evil
ver y great gathering. against me; but God meant it for
10 Then they came to the threshing g ood, in order to bring it about as it
floor of Atad, which is beyond the is this day, to save many people alive.
Jordan, and they mourned there with 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I
a g reat and very solemn lamentation. will provide for you and your little
He obser ved seven days of mourning ones.” And he comforted them and
for his father. spoke kindly to them.
11 And when the inhabitants of the 22 So Joseph dwelt in Eg ypt, he and
land, the Canaanites, saw the mourn- his father’s household. And Joseph
ing at the threshing floor of Atad, lived one hundred and ten years.
they said, “This is a deep mourning 23 Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to
of the Eg yptians.” Therefore its the third generation. The children of
name was called Abel Mizraim, which Machir, the son of Manasseh, were
is beyond the Jordan. also brought up on Joseph’s knees.
12 So his sons did for him just as he 24 And Joseph said to his brethren,
had commanded them. “I am dying; but God will surely visit
13 For his sons carried him to the you, and bring you out of this land to
land of Canaan, and buried him in the land of which He swore to Abra-
the cave of the field of Machpelah, ham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
before Mamre, which Abraham 25 Then Joseph took an oath from
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will surely visit you, and you shall


car r y up my bones from here.”
26 So Joseph died, being one hun-
dred and ten years old; and they em -
balmed him, and he was put in a
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THE SECOND BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED

EXODUS
CHAPTER 1 the field. All their ser vice in which
1 Now these are the names of the they made them ser ve was with rig or.
children of Israel who came to 15 Then the king of Eg ypt spoke to
Eg ypt; each man and his household the Hebrew midwives, of whom the
came with Jacob: name of one was Shiphrah and the
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; name of the other Puah;
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; 16 and he said, “When you do the
4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. duties of a midwife for the Hebrew
5 All those who were descendants of women, and see them on the birth-
Jacob were seventy persons (for stools, if it is a son, then you shall
Joseph was in Eg ypt already). kill him; but if it is a daughter, then
6 And Joseph died, all his brothers, she shall live.”
and all that generation. 17 But the midwives feared God, and
7 But the children of Israel were did not do as the king of Eg ypt com-
fr uitful and increased abundantly, manded them, but saved the male
multiplied and g rew exceedingly children alive.
mighty; and the land was filled with 18 So the king of Eg ypt called for
them. the midwives and said to them, “Why
8 Now there arose a new king over have you done this thing, and saved
Eg ypt, who did not know Joseph. the male children alive?”
9 And he said to his people, “Look, 19 And the midwives said to
the people of the children of Israel Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew wo-
are more and mightier than we; men are not like the Eg yptian wo-
10 come, let us deal shrewdly with men; for they are lively and give birth
them, lest they multiply, and it hap- before the midwives come to them.”
pen, in the event of war, that they 20 Therefore God dealt well with the
also join our enemies and fight midwives, and the people multiplied
against us, and so g o up out of the and g rew very mighty.
land.” 21 And so it was, because the mid-
11 Therefore they set taskmasters wives feared God, that He provided
over them to afflict them with their households for them.
burdens. And they built for Pharaoh 22 So Pharaoh commanded all his
supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. people, saying, “Every son who is
12 But the more they afflicted them, born you shall cast into the river, and
the more they multiplied and g rew. every daughter you shall save alive.”
And they were in dread of the chil-
dren of Israel. CHAPTER 2
13 So the Eg yptians made the chil- 1 And a man of the house of Levi
dren of Israel ser ve with rig or. went and took as wife a daughter of
14 And they made their lives bitter Levi.
with hard bondage—in mortar, in 2 So the woman conceived and bore
brick, and in all manner of ser vice in a son. And when she saw that he was

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a beautiful child, she hid him three 13 And when he went out the second
months. day, behold, two Hebrew men were
3 But when she could no longer hide fighting, and he said to the one who
him, she took an ark of bulr ushes for did the wrong, “Why are you striking
him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, your companion?”
put the child in it, and laid it in the 14 Then he said, “Who made you a
reeds by the river’s bank. prince and a judge over us? Do you
4 And his sister stood afar off, to intend to kill me as you killed the
know what would be done to him. Eg yptian?” So Moses feared and said,
5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh “Surely this thing is known!”
came down to bathe at the river. And 15 When Pharaoh heard of this mat-
her maidens walked along the river- ter, he sought to kill Moses. But
side; and when she saw the ark Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh
among the reeds, she sent her maid to and dwelt in the land of Midian; and
get it. he sat down by a well.
6 And when she opened it, she saw 16 Now the priest of Midian had
the child, and behold, the baby wept. seven daughters. And they came and
So she had compassion on him, and drew water, and they filled the
said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ troughs to water their father’s flock.
children.” 17 Then the shepherds came and
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s drove them away; but Moses stood up
daughter, “Shall I g o and call a nurse and helped them, and watered their
for you from the Hebrew women, flock.
that she may nurse the child for 18 When they came to Reuel their
you?” father, he said, “How is it that you
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to have come so soon today?”
her, “Go.” So the maiden went and 19 And they said, “An Eg yptian de-
called the child’s mother. livered us from the hand of the shep-
9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to herds, and he also drew enough water
her, “Take this child away and nurse for us and watered the flock.”
him for me, and I will give you your 20 So he said to his daughters, “And
wages.” So the woman took the child where is he? Why is it that you have
and nursed him. left the man? Call him, that he may
10 And the child grew, and she eat bread.”
brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, 21 Then Moses was content to live
and he became her son. So she called with the man, and he gave Zipporah
his name Moses, saying, “Because I his daughter to Moses.
drew him out of the water.” 22 And she bore him a son. He
11 Now it came to pass in those called his name Gershom, for he said,
days, when Moses was g rown, that he “I have been a stranger in a foreign
went out to his brethren and looked land.”
at their burdens. And he saw an 23 Now it happened in the process
Eg yptian beating a Hebrew, one of of time that the king of Eg ypt died.
his brethren. Then the children of Israel groaned
12 So he looked this way and that because of the bondage, and they
way, and when he saw no one, he cried out; and their cry came up to
killed the Eg yptian and hid him in God because of the bondage.
the sand. 24 So God heard their groaning, and

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God remembered His covenant with busites.
Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of
25 And God looked upon the chil- the children of Israel has come to
dren of Israel, and God acknow- Me, and I have also seen the oppres -
ledged them. sion with which the Eg yptians op-
press them.
CHAPTER 3 10 Come now, therefore, and I will
1 Now Moses was tending the flock send you to Pharaoh that you may
of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest bring My people, the children of Is-
of Midian. And he led the flock to rael, out of Eg ypt.”
the back of the desert, and came to 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am
Horeb, the mountain of God. I that I should g o to Pharaoh, and
2 And the Angel of the LORD ap- that I should bring the children of
peared to him in a flame of fire from Israel out of Eg ypt?”
the midst of a bush. So he looked, 12 So He said, “I will certainly be
and behold, the bush was burning with you. And this shall be a sign to
with fire, but the bush was not con- you that I have sent you: When you
sumed. have brought the people out of
3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn Eg ypt, you shall ser ve God on this
aside and see this great sight, why the mountain.”
bush does not burn.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “In-
4 So when the LORD saw that he deed, when I come to the children of
turned aside to look, God called to Israel and say to them, “The God of
him from the midst of the bush and your fathers has sent me to you,’ and
said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, they say to me, “What is His name?’
“Here I am.” what shall I say to them?”
5 Then He said, “Do not draw near 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM
this place. Take your sandals off your WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus
feet, for the place where you stand is you shall say to the children of Is-
holy g round.” rael, “I AM has sent me to you.”‘
6 Moreover He said, “I am the God 15 Moreover God said to Moses,
of your father—the God of Abra- “Thus you shall say to the children
ham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Israel: “The LORD God of your
of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, fathers, the God of Abraham, the
for he was afraid to look upon God. God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
7 And the LORD said: “I have surely has sent me to you. This is My name
seen the oppression of My people forever, and this is My memorial to
who are in Eg ypt, and have heard all generations.’
their cry because of their taskmas- 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel
ters, for I know their sorrows. together, and say to them, “The
8 So I have come down to deliver LORD God of your fathers, the God
them out of the hand of the Eg yp- of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,
tians, and to bring them up from that appeared to me, saying, “I have surely
land to a g ood and large land, to a visited you and seen what is done to
land flowing with milk and honey, to you in Eg ypt;
the place of the Canaanites and the 17 and I have said I will bring you
Hittites and the Amorites and the up out of the affliction of Eg ypt to
Perizzites and the Hivites and the Je- the land of the Canaanites and the

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Hittites and the Amorites and the his hand),
Perizzites and the Hivites and the Je- 5 “that they may believe that the
busites, to a land flowing with milk LORD God of their fathers, the God
and honey.”‘ of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and
18 Then they will heed your voice; the God of Jacob, has appeared to
and you shall come, you and the eld- you.”
ers of Israel, to the king of Eg ypt; 6 Further more the LORD said to
and you shall say to him, “The LORD him, “Now put your hand in your
God of the Hebrews has met with us; bosom.” And he put his hand in his
and now, please, let us g o three days’ bosom, and when he took it out, be-
journey into the wilderness, that we hold, his hand was leprous, like snow.
may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’ 7 And He said, “Put your hand in
19 But I am sure that the king of your bosom again.” So he put his
Eg ypt will not let you g o, no, not hand in his bosom again, and drew it
even by a mighty hand. out of his bosom, and behold, it was
20 So I will stretch out My hand and restored like his other flesh.
strike Eg ypt with all My wonders 8 “Then it will be, if they do not be -
which I will do in its midst; and after lieve you, nor heed the message of
that he will let you g o. the first sign, that they may believe
21 And I will give this people favor the message of the latter sign.
in the sight of the Eg yptians; and it 9 And it shall be, if they do not be -
shall be, when you g o, that you shall lieve even these two signs, or listen
not g o empty-handed. to your voice, that you shall take wa-
22 But every woman shall ask of her ter from the river and pour it on the
neighbor, namely, of her who dwells dry land. The water which you take
near her house, articles of silver, art- from the river will become blood on
icles of g old, and clothing; and you the dry land.”
shall put them on your sons and on 10 Then Moses said to the LORD,
your daughters. So you shall plunder “O my Lord, I am not eloquent,
the Eg yptians.” neither before nor since You have
spoken to Your ser vant; but I am
CHAPTER 4 slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
1 Then Moses answered and said, 11 So the LORD said to him, “Who
“But suppose they will not believe me has made man’s mouth? Or who
or listen to my voice; suppose they makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing,
say, “The LORD has not appeared to or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?
you.”‘ 12 Now therefore, g o, and I will be
2 So the LORD said to him, “What with your mouth and teach you what
is that in your hand?” He said, “A you shall say.”
rod.” 13 But he said, “O my Lord, please
3 And He said, “Cast it on the send by the hand of whomever else
g round.” So he cast it on the g round, You may send.”
and it became a serpent; and Moses 14 So the anger of the LORD was
fled from it. kindled against Moses, and He said:
4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Is not Aaron the Levite your broth-
“Reach out your hand and take it by er? I know that he can speak well.
the tail” (and he reached out his hand And look, he is also coming out to
and caught it, and it became a rod in meet you. When he sees you, he will

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be glad in his heart. blood to me!”
15 Now you shall speak to him and 26 So He let him g o. Then she said,
put the words in his mouth. And I “You are a husband of blood!”—be-
will be with your mouth and with his cause of the circumcision.
mouth, and I will teach you what you 27 And the LORD said to Aaron,
shall do. “Go into the wilderness to meet
16 So he shall be your spokesman to Moses.” So he went and met him on
the people. And he himself shall be the mountain of God, and kissed
as a mouth for you, and you shall be him.
to him as God. 28 So Moses told Aaron all the
17 And you shall take this rod in words of the LORD who had sent
your hand, with which you shall do him, and all the signs which He had
the signs.” commanded him.
18 So Moses went and returned to 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and
Jethro his father-in-law, and said to gathered together all the elders of
him, “Please let me g o and return to the children of Israel.
my brethren who are in Eg ypt, and 30 And Aaron spoke all the words
see whether they are still alive.” And which the LORD had spoken to
Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” Moses. Then he did the signs in the
19 Now the LORD said to Moses in sight of the people.
Midian, “Go, return to Eg ypt; for all 31 So the people believed; and when
the men who sought your life are they heard that the LORD had visited
dead.” the children of Israel and that He
20 Then Moses took his wife and his had looked on their affliction, then
sons and set them on a donkey, and they bowed their heads and wor-
he returned to the land of Eg ypt. shiped.
And Moses took the rod of God in
his hand. CHAPTER 5
21 And the LORD said to Moses, 1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went
“When you g o back to Eg ypt, see in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the
that you do all those wonders before LORD God of Israel: “Let My people
Pharaoh which I have put in your g o, that they may hold a feast to Me
hand. But I will harden his heart, so in the wilderness.”‘
that he will not let the people g o. 2 And Pharaoh said, “Who is the
22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, LORD, that I should obey His voice
“Thus says the LORD: “Israel is My to let Israel g o? I do not know the
son, My firstborn. LORD, nor will I let Israel g o.”
23 So I say to you, let My son g o 3 So they said, “The God of the
that he may ser ve Me. But if you re- Hebrews has met with us. Please, let
fuse to let him go, indeed I will kill us g o three days’ journey into the
your son, your firstborn.”“‘ desert and sacrifice to the LORD our
24 And it came to pass on the way, God, lest He fall upon us with pesti-
at the encampment, that the LORD lence or with the sword.”
met him and sought to kill him. 4 Then the king of Eg ypt said to
25 Then Zipporah took a sharp them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you
stone and cut off the foreskin of her take the people from their work? Get
son and cast it at Moses’ feet, and back to your labor.”
said, “Surely you are a husband of 5 And Pharaoh said, “Look, the

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people of the land are many now, and beaten, but the fault is in your own
you make them rest from their people.”
labor!” 17 But he said, “You are idle! Idle!
6 So the same day Pharaoh com- Therefore you say, “Let us g o and
manded the taskmasters of the sacrifice to the LORD.’
people and their officers, saying, 18 Therefore g o now and work; for
7 “You shall no longer give the no straw shall be given you, yet you
people straw to make brick as before. shall deliver the quota of bricks.”
Let them g o and gather straw for 19 And the officers of the children
themselves. of Israel saw that they were in
8 And you shall lay on them the trouble after it was said, “You shall
quota of bricks which they made be- not reduce any bricks from your daily
fore. You shall not reduce it. For they quota.”
are idle; therefore they cry out, say- 20 Then, as they came out from
ing, “Let us g o and sacrifice to our Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron
God.’ who stood there to meet them.
9 Let more work be laid on the men, 21 And they said to them, “Let the
that they may labor in it, and let them LORD look on you and judge, be-
not regard false words.” cause you have made us abhorrent in
10 And the taskmasters of the the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight
people and their officers went out of his ser vants, to put a sword in
and spoke to the people, saying, their hand to kill us.”
“Thus says Pharaoh: “I will not give 22 So Moses returned to the LORD
you straw. and said, “Lord, why have You
11 Go, get yourselves straw where brought trouble on this people? Why
you can find it; yet none of your is it You have sent me?
work will be reduced.”‘ 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to
12 So the people were scattered speak in Your name, he has done evil
abroad throughout all the land of to this people; neither have You de-
Eg ypt to gather stubble instead of livered Your people at all.”
straw.
13 And the taskmasters forced them CHAPTER 6
to hur r y, saying, “Fulfill your work, 1 Then the LORD said to Moses,
your daily quota, as when there was “Now you shall see what I will do to
straw.” Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he
14 Also the officers of the children will let them go, and with a strong
of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmas- hand he will drive them out of his
ters had set over them, were beaten land.”
and were asked, “Why have you not 2 And God spoke to Moses and said
fulfilled your task in making brick to him: “I am the LORD.
both yesterday and today, as before?” 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac,
15 Then the officers of the children and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but
of Israel came and cried out to by My name LORD I was not known
Pharaoh, saying, “Why are you deal- to them.
ing thus with your ser vants? 4 I have also established My coven-
16 There is no straw given to your ant with them, to give them the land
ser vants, and they say to us, “Make of Canaan, the land of their pilg rim-
brick!’ And indeed your ser vants are age, in which they were strangers.

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5 And I have also heard the groaning man. These are the families of
of the children of Israel whom the Simeon.
Eg yptians keep in bondage, and I 16 These are the names of the sons
have remembered My covenant. of Levi according to their genera-
6 Therefore say to the children of tions: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Israel: “I am the LORD; I will bring And the years of the life of Levi
you out from under the burdens of were one hundred and thirty-seven.
the Eg yptians, I will rescue you from 17 The sons of Gershon were Libni
their bondage, and I will redeem you and Shimi according to their families.
with an outstretched ar m and with 18 And the sons of Kohath were
g reat judgments. Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
7 I will take you as My people, and I And the years of the life of Kohath
will be your God. Then you shall were one hundred and thirty-three.
know that I am the LORD your God 19 The sons of Merari were Mahli
who brings you out from under the and Mushi. These are the families of
burdens of the Eg yptians. Levi according to their generations.
8 And I will bring you into the land 20 Now Amram took for himself
which I swore to give to Abraham, Jochebed, his father’s sister, as wife;
Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to and she bore him Aaron and Moses.
you as a heritage: I am the LORD.”‘ And the years of the life of Amram
9 So Moses spoke thus to the chil- were one hundred and thirty-seven.
dren of Israel; but they did not heed 21 The sons of Izhar were Korah,
Moses, because of anguish of spirit Nepheg, and Zichri.
and cr uel bondage. 22 And the sons of Uzziel were Mis-
10 And the LORD spoke to Moses, hael, Elzaphan, and Zithri.
saying, 23 Aaron took to himself Elisheba,
11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of daughter of Amminadab, sister of
Eg ypt to let the children of Israel g o Nahshon, as wife; and she bore him
out of his land.” Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
12 And Moses spoke before the 24 And the sons of Korah were As-
LORD, saying, “The children of Is- sir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. These are
rael have not heeded me. How then the families of the Korahites.
shall Pharaoh heed me, for I am of 25 Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took for
uncircumcised lips?” himself one of the daughters of Pu-
13 Then the LORD spoke to Moses tiel as wife; and she bore him Phine-
and Aaron, and gave them a com- has. These are the heads of the fath-
mand for the children of Israel and ers’ houses of the Levites according
for Pharaoh king of Eg ypt, to bring to their families.
the children of Israel out of the land 26 These are the same Aaron and
of Eg ypt. Moses to whom the LORD said,
14 These are the heads of their fath- “Bring out the children of Israel
ers’ houses: The sons of Reuben, the from the land of Eg ypt according to
firstborn of Israel, were Hanoch, their ar mies.”
Pallu, Hezron, and Car mi. These are 27 These are the ones who spoke to
the families of Reuben. Pharaoh king of Eg ypt, to bring out
15 And the sons of Simeon were the children of Israel from Eg ypt.
Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, These are the same Moses and Aaron.
and Shaul the son of a Canaanite wo- 28 And it came to pass, on the day

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the LORD spoke to Moses in the fore his ser vants, and it became a ser-
land of Eg ypt, pent.
29 that the LORD spoke to Moses, 11 But Pharaoh also called the wise
saying, “I am the LORD. Speak to men and the sorcerers; so the magi-
Pharaoh king of Eg ypt all that I say cians of Eg ypt, they also did in like
to you.” manner with their enchantments.
30 But Moses said before the LORD, 12 For every man threw down his
“Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, rod, and they became serpents. But
and how shall Pharaoh heed me?” Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
13 And Pharaoh’s heart g rew hard,
CHAPTER 7 and he did not heed them, as the
1 So the LORD said to Moses: “See, LORD had said.
I have made you as God to Pharaoh, 14 So the LORD said to Moses:
and Aaron your brother shall be your “Pharaoh’s heart is hard; he refuses
prophet. to let the people g o.
2 You shall speak all that I command 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning,
you. And Aaron your brother shall when he g oes out to the water, and
tell Pharaoh to send the children of you shall stand by the river’s bank to
Israel out of his land. meet him; and the rod which was
3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, turned to a serpent you shall take in
and multiply My signs and My won- your hand.
ders in the land of Eg ypt. 16 And you shall say to him, “The
4 But Pharaoh will not heed you, so LORD God of the Hebrews has sent
that I may lay My hand on Eg ypt and me to you, saying, “Let My people go,
bring My ar mies and My people, the that they may ser ve Me in the wilder-
children of Israel, out of the land of ness”; but indeed, until now you
Eg ypt by g reat judgments. would not hear!
5 And the Eg yptians shall know that 17 Thus says the LORD: “By this
I am the LORD, when I stretch out you shall know that I am the LORD.
My hand on Eg ypt and bring out the Behold, I will strike the waters which
children of Israel from among them.” are in the river with the rod that is in
6 Then Moses and Aaron did so; just my hand, and they shall be turned to
as the LORD commanded them, so blood.
they did. 18 And the fish that are in the river
7 And Moses was eighty years old shall die, the river shall stink, and the
and Aaron eighty-three years old Eg yptians will loathe to drink the wa-
when they spoke to Pharaoh. ter of the river.”“‘
8 Then the LORD spoke to Moses 19 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
and Aaron, saying, “Say to Aaron, “Take your rod and
9 “When Pharaoh speaks to you, say- stretch out your hand over the waters
ing, “Show a miracle for yourselves,’ of Eg ypt, over their streams, over
then you shall say to Aaron, “Take their rivers, over their ponds, and
your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, over all their pools of water, that
and let it become a serpent.”‘ they may become blood. And there
10 So Moses and Aaron went in to shall be blood throughout all the land
Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the of Eg ypt, both in buckets of wood
LORD commanded. And Aaron cast and pitchers of stone.”‘
down his rod before Pharaoh and be- 20 And Moses and Aaron did so, just

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as the LORD commanded. So he lif- and cause frogs to come up on the
ted up the rod and str uck the waters land of Eg ypt.”‘
that were in the river, in the sight of 6 So Aaron stretched out his hand
Pharaoh and in the sight of his ser - over the waters of Eg ypt, and the
vants. And all the waters that were in frogs came up and covered the land
the river were turned to blood. of Eg ypt.
21 The fish that were in the river 7 And the magicians did so with
died, the river stank, and the Eg yp- their enchantments, and brought up
tians could not drink the water of the frogs on the land of Eg ypt.
river. So there was blood throughout 8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses
all the land of Eg ypt. and Aaron, and said, “Entreat the
22 Then the magicians of Eg ypt did LORD that He may take away the
so with their enchantments; and frogs from me and from my people;
Pharaoh’s heart g rew hard, and he did and I will let the people g o, that they
not heed them, as the LORD had may sacrifice to the LORD.”
said. 9 And Moses said to Pharaoh, “Ac -
23 And Pharaoh turned and went cept the honor of saying when I shall
into his house. Neither was his heart intercede for you, for your ser vants,
moved by this. and for your people, to destroy the
24 So all the Eg yptians dug all frogs from you and your houses, that
around the river for water to drink, they may remain in the river only.”
because they could not drink the wa- 10 So he said, “Tomorrow.” And he
ter of the river. said, “Let it be according to your
25 And seven days passed after the word, that you may know that there is
LORD had str uck the river. no one like the LORD our God.
11 And the frogs shall depart from
CHAPTER 8 you, from your houses, from your
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, ser vants, and from your people. They
“Go to Pharaoh and say to him, shall remain in the river only.”
“Thus says the LORD: “Let My 12 Then Moses and Aaron went out
people go, that they may ser ve Me. from Pharaoh. And Moses cried out
2 But if you refuse to let them g o, to the LORD concerning the frogs
behold, I will smite all your territory which He had brought against
with frogs. Pharaoh.
3 So the river shall bring forth frogs 13 So the LORD did according to
abundantly, which shall g o up and the word of Moses. And the frogs
come into your house, into your bed- died out of the houses, out of the
room, on your bed, into the houses courtyards, and out of the fields.
of your ser vants, on your people, 14 They gathered them together in
into your ovens, and into your knead- heaps, and the land stank.
ing bowls. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there
4 And the frogs shall come up on was relief, he hardened his heart and
you, on your people, and on all your did not heed them, as the LORD had
ser vants.”“‘ said.
5 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 16 So the LORD said to Moses, “Say
“Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your to Aaron, “Stretch out your rod, and
hand with your rod over the streams, strike the dust of the land, so that it
over the rivers, and over the ponds, may become lice throughout all the

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land of Eg ypt.”‘ to do so, for we would be sacrificing
17 And they did so. For Aaron the abomination of the Eg yptians to
stretched out his hand with his rod the LORD our God. If we sacrifice
and str uck the dust of the earth, and the abomination of the Eg yptians be-
it became lice on man and beast. All fore their eyes, then will they not
the dust of the land became lice stone us?
throughout all the land of Eg ypt. 27 We will g o three days’ journey
18 Now the magicians so worked into the wilderness and sacrifice to
with their enchantments to bring the LORD our God as He will com-
forth lice, but they could not. So mand us.”
there were lice on man and beast. 28 So Pharaoh said, “I will let you
19 Then the magicians said to g o, that you may sacrifice to the
Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” LORD your God in the wilderness;
But Pharaoh’s heart g rew hard, and only you shall not g o very far away.
he did not heed them, just as the Intercede for me.”
LORD had said. 29 Then Moses said, “Indeed I am
20 And the LORD said to Moses, g oing out from you, and I will entreat
“Rise early in the morning and stand the LORD, that the swar ms of flies
before Pharaoh as he comes out to may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh,
the water. Then say to him, “Thus from his ser vants, and from his
says the LORD: “Let My people g o, people. But let Pharaoh not deal de-
that they may ser ve Me. ceitfully anymore in not letting the
21 Or else, if you will not let My people g o to sacrifice to the LORD.”
people g o, behold, I will send swar ms 30 So Moses went out from Pharaoh
of flies on you and your ser vants, on and entreated the LORD.
your people and into your houses. 31 And the LORD did according to
The houses of the Eg yptians shall be the word of Moses; He removed the
full of swar ms of flies, and also the swar ms of flies from Pharaoh, from
g round on which they stand. his ser vants, and from his people.
22 And in that day I will set apart Not one remained.
the land of Goshen, in which My 32 But Pharaoh hardened his heart
people dwell, that no swar ms of flies at this time also; neither would he let
shall be there, in order that you may the people g o.
know that I am the LORD in the
midst of the land. CHAPTER 9
23 I will make a difference between 1 Then the LORD said to Moses,
My people and your people. Tomor- “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him,
row this sign shall be.”“‘ “Thus says the LORD God of the
24 And the LORD did so. Thick Hebrews: “Let My people go, that
swar ms of flies came into the house they may ser ve Me.
of Pharaoh, into his ser vants’ houses, 2 For if you refuse to let them g o,
and into all the land of Eg ypt. The and still hold them,
land was corr upted because of the 3 behold, the hand of the LORD
swar ms of flies. will be on your cattle in the field, on
25 Then Pharaoh called for Moses the horses, on the donkeys, on the
and Aaron, and said, “Go, sacrifice to camels, on the oxen, and on the
your God in the land.” sheep—a very severe pestilence.
26 And Moses said, “It is not right 4 And the LORD will make a differ-

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ence between the livestock of Israel that you may know that there is none
and the livestock of Eg ypt. So noth- like Me in all the earth.
ing shall die of all that belongs to the 15 Now if I had stretched out My
children of Israel.”“‘ hand and str uck you and your people
5 Then the LORD appointed a set with pestilence, then you would have
time, saying, “Tomorrow the LORD been cut off from the earth.
will do this thing in the land.” 16 But indeed for this purpose I
6 So the LORD did this thing on the have raised you up, that I may show
next day, and all the livestock of My power in you, and that My name
Eg ypt died; but of the livestock of may be declared in all the earth.
the children of Israel, not one died. 17 As yet you exalt yourself against
7 Then Pharaoh sent, and indeed, My people in that you will not let
not even one of the livestock of the them g o.
Israelites was dead. But the heart of 18 Behold, tomorrow about this time
Pharaoh became hard, and he did not I will cause very heavy hail to rain
let the people g o. down, such as has not been in Eg ypt
8 So the LORD said to Moses and since its founding until now.
Aaron, “Take for yourselves handfuls 19 Therefore send now and gather
of ashes from a furnace, and let your livestock and all that you have in
Moses scatter it toward the heavens the field, for the hail shall come
in the sight of Pharaoh. down on every man and every animal
9 And it will become fine dust in all which is found in the field and is not
the land of Eg ypt, and it will cause brought home; and they shall die.”“‘
boils that break out in sores on man 20 He who feared the word of the
and beast throughout all the land of LORD among the ser vants of
Eg ypt.” Pharaoh made his ser vants and his
10 Then they took ashes from the livestock flee to the houses.
furnace and stood before Pharaoh, 21 But he who did not regard the
and Moses scattered them toward word of the LORD left his ser vants
heaven. And they caused boils that and his livestock in the field.
break out in sores on man and beast. 22 Then the LORD said to Moses,
11 And the magicians could not “Stretch out your hand toward heav-
stand before Moses because of the en, that there may be hail in all the
boils, for the boils were on the magi- land of Eg ypt—on man, on beast,
cians and on all the Eg yptians. and on every herb of the field,
12 But the LORD hardened the heart throughout the land of Eg ypt.”
of Pharaoh; and he did not heed 23 And Moses stretched out his rod
them, just as the LORD had spoken toward heaven; and the LORD sent
to Moses. thunder and hail, and fire darted to
13 Then the LORD said to Moses, the ground. And the LORD rained
“Rise early in the morning and stand hail on the land of Eg ypt.
before Pharaoh, and say to him, 24 So there was hail, and fire
“Thus says the LORD God of the mingled with the hail, so very heavy
Hebrews: “Let My people go, that that there was none like it in all the
they may ser ve Me, land of Eg ypt since it became a na -
14 for at this time I will send all My tion.
plagues to your very heart, and on 25 And the hail str uck throughout
your ser vants and on your people, the whole land of Eg ypt, all that was

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in the field, both man and beast; and his ser vants, that I may show these
the hail str uck every herb of the field signs of Mine before him,
and broke every tree of the field. 2 and that you may tell in the hear-
26 Only in the land of Goshen, ing of your son and your son’s son
where the children of Israel were, the mighty things I have done in
there was no hail. Eg ypt, and My signs which I have
27 And Pharaoh sent and called for done among them, that you may know
Moses and Aaron, and said to them, that I am the LORD.”
“I have sinned this time. The LORD 3 So Moses and Aaron came in to
is righteous, and my people and I are Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says
wicked. the LORD God of the Hebrews:
28 Entreat the LORD, that there “How long will you refuse to humble
may be no more mighty thundering yourself before Me? Let My people
and hail, for it is enough. I will let g o, that they may ser ve Me.
you go, and you shall stay no longer.” 4 Or else, if you refuse to let My
29 So Moses said to him, “As soon people go, behold, tomorrow I will
as I have g one out of the city, I will bring locusts into your territory.
spread out my hands to the LORD; 5 And they shall cover the face of
the thunder will cease, and there will the earth, so that no one will be able
be no more hail, that you may know to see the earth; and they shall eat
that the earth is the LORD’s. the residue of what is left, which re-
30 But as for you and your ser vants, mains to you from the hail, and they
I know that you will not yet fear the shall eat every tree which g rows up
LORD God.” for you out of the field.
31 Now the flax and the barley were 6 They shall fill your houses, the
str uck, for the barley was in the head houses of all your ser vants, and the
and the flax was in bud. houses of all the Eg yptians—which
32 But the wheat and the spelt were neither your fathers nor your fathers’
not str uck, for they are late crops. fathers have seen, since the day that
33 So Moses went out of the city they were on the earth to this
from Pharaoh and spread out his day.”‘And he turned and went out
hands to the LORD; then the thunder from Pharaoh.
and the hail ceased, and the rain was 7 Then Pharaoh’s ser vants said to
not poured on the earth. him, “How long shall this man be a
34 And when Pharaoh saw that the snare to us? Let the men g o, that they
rain, the hail, and the thunder had may ser ve the LORD their God. Do
ceased, he sinned yet more; and he you not yet know that Eg ypt is des-
hardened his heart, he and his ser - troyed?”
vants. 8 So Moses and Aaron were brought
35 So the heart of Pharaoh was again to Pharaoh, and he said to
hard; neither would he let the chil- them, “Go, ser ve the LORD your
dren of Israel g o, as the LORD had God. Who are the ones that are g o-
spoken by Moses. ing?”
9 And Moses said, “We will g o with
CHAPTER 10 our young and our old; with our sons
1 Now the LORD said to Moses, and our daughters, with our flocks
“Go in to Pharaoh; for I have and our herds we will go, for we must
hardened his heart and the hearts of hold a feast to the LORD.”

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10 Then he said to them, “The cust in all the territory of Eg ypt.
LORD had better be with you when I 20 But the LORD hardened
let you and your little ones g o! Be- Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let
ware, for evil is ahead of you. the children of Israel g o.
11 Not so! Go now, you who are 21 Then the LORD said to Moses,
men, and ser ve the LORD, for that is “Stretch out your hand toward heav-
what you desired.” And they were en, that there may be darkness over
driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. the land of Eg ypt, darkness which
12 Then the LORD said to Moses, may even be felt.”
“Stretch out your hand over the land 22 So Moses stretched out his hand
of Eg ypt for the locusts, that they toward heaven, and there was thick
may come upon the land of Eg ypt, darkness in all the land of Eg ypt
and eat every herb of the land—all three days.
that the hail has left.” 23 They did not see one another; nor
13 So Moses stretched out his rod did anyone rise from his place for
over the land of Eg ypt, and the three days. But all the children of Is -
LORD brought an east wind on the rael had light in their dwellings.
land all that day and all that night. 24 Then Pharaoh called to Moses
When it was morning, the east wind and said, “Go, ser ve the LORD; only
brought the locusts. let your flocks and your herds be
14 And the locusts went up over all kept back. Let your little ones also g o
the land of Eg ypt and rested on all with you.”
the ter ritory of Eg ypt. They were 25 But Moses said, “You must also
ver y severe; previously there had give us sacrifices and burnt offerings,
been no such locusts as they, nor that we may sacrifice to the LORD
shall there be such after them. our God.
15 For they covered the face of the 26 Our livestock also shall g o with
whole earth, so that the land was us; not a hoof shall be left behind.
darkened; and they ate every herb of For we must take some of them to
the land and all the fruit of the trees ser ve the LORD our God, and even
which the hail had left. So there re- we do not know with what we must
mained nothing green on the trees or ser ve the LORD until we arrive
on the plants of the field throughout there.”
all the land of Eg ypt. 27 But the LORD hardened
16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let
and Aaron in haste, and said, “I have them g o.
sinned against the LORD your God 28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get
and against you. away from me! Take heed to yourself
17 Now therefore, please forgive my and see my face no more! For in the
sin only this once, and entreat the day you see my face you shall die!”
LORD your God, that He may take 29 So Moses said, “You have spoken
away from me this death only.” well. I will never see your face
18 So he went out from Pharaoh and again.”
entreated the LORD.
19 And the LORD turned a very CHAPTER 11
strong west wind, which took the lo- 1 And the LORD said to Moses, “I
custs away and blew them into the will bring one more plague on
Red Sea. There remained not one lo- Pharaoh and on Eg ypt. Afterward he

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will let you g o from here. When he
lets you g o, he will surely drive you CHAPTER 12
out of here altogether. 1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses
2 Speak now in the hearing of the and Aaron in the land of Eg ypt, say-
people, and let every man ask from ing,
his neighbor and every woman from 2 “This month shall be your begin-
her neighbor, articles of silver and ning of months; it shall be the first
articles of g old.” month of the year to you.
3 And the LORD gave the people fa- 3 Speak to all the cong regation of
vor in the sight of the Eg yptians. Israel, saying: “On the tenth of this
Moreover the man Moses was very month every man shall take for him-
g reat in the land of Eg ypt, in the self a lamb, according to the house
sight of Pharaoh’s ser vants and in the of his father, a lamb for a household.
sight of the people. 4 And if the household is too small
4 Then Moses said, “Thus says the for the lamb, let him and his neigh -
LORD: “About midnight I will g o out bor next to his house take it accord-
into the midst of Eg ypt; ing to the number of the persons; ac-
5 and all the firstborn in the land of cording to each man’s need you shall
Eg ypt shall die, from the firstborn of make your count for the lamb.
Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even 5 Your lamb shall be without blem-
to the firstborn of the female ser vant ish, a male of the first year. You may
who is behind the handmill, and all take it from the sheep or from the
the firstborn of the animals. g oats.
6 Then there shall be a g reat cry 6 Now you shall keep it until the
throughout all the land of Eg ypt, fourteenth day of the same month.
such as was not like it before, nor Then the whole assembly of the con-
shall be like it again. g regation of Israel shall kill it at twi-
7 But against none of the children light.
of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, 7 And they shall take some of the
against man or beast, that you may blood and put it on the two door-
know that the LORD does make a posts and on the lintel of the houses
difference between the Eg yptians and where they eat it.
Israel.’ 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on
8 And all these your ser vants shall that night; roasted in fire, with un-
come down to me and bow down to leavened bread and with bitter herbs
me, saying, “Get out, and all the they shall eat it.
people who follow you!’ After that I 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all
will g o out.” Then he went out from with water, but roasted in fire—its
Pharaoh in g reat anger. head with its legs and its entrails.
9 But the LORD said to Moses, 10 You shall let none of it remain
“Pharaoh will not heed you, so that until morning, and what remains of it
My wonders may be multiplied in the until morning you shall burn with
land of Eg ypt.” fire.
10 So Moses and Aaron did all these 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a
wonders before Pharaoh; and the belt on your waist, your sandals on
LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and your feet, and your staff in your
he did not let the children of Israel hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is
g o out of his land. the LORD’s Passover.

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12 “For I will pass through the land stranger or a native of the land.
of Eg ypt on that night, and will 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in
strike all the firstborn in the land of all your dwellings you shall eat un-
Eg ypt, both man and beast; and leavened bread.”‘
against all the g ods of Eg ypt I will 21 Then Moses called for all the eld-
execute judgment: I am the LORD. ers of Israel and said to them, “Pick
13 Now the blood shall be a sign for out and take lambs for yourselves ac-
you on the houses where you are. cording to your families, and kill the
And when I see the blood, I will pass Passover lamb.
over you; and the plague shall not be 22 And you shall take a bunch of
on you to destroy you when I strike hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in
the land of Eg ypt. the basin, and strike the lintel and
14 “So this day shall be to you a me- the two doorposts with the blood
morial; and you shall keep it as a that is in the basin. And none of you
feast to the LORD throughout your shall g o out of the door of his house
generations. You shall keep it as a until morning.
feast by an everlasting ordinance. 23 For the LORD will pass through
15 Seven days you shall eat un- to strike the Eg yptians; and when He
leavened bread. On the first day you sees the blood on the lintel and on
shall remove leaven from your the two doorposts, the LORD will
houses. For whoever eats leavened pass over the door and not allow the
bread from the first day until the sev- destroyer to come into your houses
enth day, that person shall be cut off to strike you.
from Israel. 24 And you shall obser ve this thing
16 On the first day there shall be a as an ordinance for you and your
holy convocation, and on the seventh sons forever.
day there shall be a holy convocation 25 It will come to pass when you
for you. No manner of work shall be come to the land which the LORD
done on them; but that which every- will give you, just as He promised,
one must eat—that only may be pre - that you shall keep this ser vice.
pared by you. 26 And it shall be, when your chil-
17 So you shall obser ve the Feast of dren say to you, “What do you mean
Unleavened Bread, for on this same by this ser vice?’
day I will have brought your armies 27 that you shall say, “It is the Pas -
out of the land of Eg ypt. Therefore sover sacrifice of the LORD, who
you shall obser ve this day throughout passed over the houses of the chil-
your generations as an everlasting or- dren of Israel in Eg ypt when He
dinance. str uck the Eg yptians and delivered
18 In the first month, on the four - our households.”‘So the people
teenth day of the month at evening, bowed their heads and worshiped.
you shall eat unleavened bread, until 28 Then the children of Israel went
the twenty-first day of the month at away and did so; just as the LORD
evening. had commanded Moses and Aaron, so
19 For seven days no leaven shall be they did.
found in your houses, since whoever 29 And it came to pass at midnight
eats what is leavened, that same per- that the LORD str uck all the first-
son shall be cut off from the con- born in the land of Eg ypt, from the
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throne to the firstborn of the captive 40 Now the sojourn of the children
who was in the dungeon, and all the of Israel who lived in Eg ypt was four
firstborn of livestock. hundred and thirty years.
30 So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, 41 And it came to pass at the end of
all his ser vants, and all the Eg yptians; the four hundred and thirty years—
and there was a g reat cry in Eg ypt, on that very same day—it came to
for there was not a house where there pass that all the armies of the LORD
was not one dead. went out from the land of Eg ypt.
31 Then he called for Moses and 42 It is a night of solemn obser v-
Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, g o ance to the LORD for bringing them
out from among my people, both you out of the land of Eg ypt. This is that
and the children of Israel. And g o, night of the LORD, a solemn obser v-
ser ve the LORD as you have said. ance for all the children of Israel
32 Also take your flocks and your throughout their generations.
herds, as you have said, and be g one; 43 And the LORD said to Moses and
and bless me also.” Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the
33 And the Eg yptians urged the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it.
people, that they might send them 44 But every man’s ser vant who is
out of the land in haste. For they bought for money, when you have cir -
said, “We shall all be dead.” cumcised him, then he may eat it.
34 So the people took their dough 45 A sojourner and a hired ser vant
before it was leavened, having their shall not eat it.
kneading bowls bound up in their 46 In one house it shall be eaten;
clothes on their shoulders. you shall not carry any of the flesh
35 Now the children of Israel had outside the house, nor shall you
done according to the word of break one of its bones.
Moses, and they had asked from the 47 All the cong regation of Israel
Eg yptians articles of silver, articles shall keep it.
of g old, and clothing. 48 And when a stranger dwells with
36 And the LORD had given the you and wants to keep the Passover
people favor in the sight of the to the LORD, let all his males be cir-
Eg yptians, so that they granted them cumcised, and then let him come near
what they requested. Thus they and keep it; and he shall be as a nat -
plundered the Eg yptians. ive of the land. For no uncircumcised
37 Then the children of Israel jour- person shall eat it.
neyed from Rameses to Succoth, 49 One law shall be for the native-
about six hundred thousand men on born and for the stranger who dwells
foot, besides children. among you.”
38 A mixed multitude went up with 50 Thus all the children of Israel
them also, and flocks and herds—a did; as the LORD commanded Moses
g reat deal of livestock. and Aaron, so they did.
39 And they baked unleavened cakes 51 And it came to pass, on that ver y
of the dough which they had brought same day, that the LORD brought the
out of Eg ypt; for it was not leavened, children of Israel out of the land of
because they were driven out of Eg ypt according to their ar mies.
Eg ypt and could not wait, nor had
they prepared provisions for them- CHAPTER 13
selves. 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,

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saying, 12 that you shall set apart to the
2 “Consecrate to Me all the first- LORD all that open the womb, that
born, whatever opens the womb is, every firstborn that comes from an
among the children of Israel, both of animal which you have; the males
man and beast; it is Mine.” shall be the LORD’s.
3 And Moses said to the people: 13 But every firstborn of a donkey
“Remember this day in which you you shall redeem with a lamb; and if
went out of Eg ypt, out of the house you will not redeem it, then you shall
of bondage; for by strength of hand break its neck. And all the firstborn
the LORD brought you out of this of man among your sons you shall re-
place. No leavened bread shall be deem.
eaten. 14 So it shall be, when your son asks
4 On this day you are g oing out, in you in time to come, saying, “What is
the month Abib. this?’ that you shall say to him, “By
5 And it shall be, when the LORD strength of hand the LORD brought
brings you into the land of the us out of Eg ypt, out of the house of
Canaanites and the Hittites and the bondage.
Amorites and the Hivites and the Je- 15 And it came to pass, when
busites, which He swore to your fath- Pharaoh was stubborn about letting
ers to give you, a land flowing with us g o, that the LORD killed all the
milk and honey, that you shall keep firstborn in the land of Eg ypt, both
this ser vice in this month. the firstborn of man and the first-
6 Seven days you shall eat un- born of beast. Therefore I sacrifice
leavened bread, and on the seventh to the LORD all males that open the
day there shall be a feast to the womb, but all the firstborn of my
LORD. sons I redeem.’
7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten 16 It shall be as a sign on your hand
seven days. And no leavened bread and as frontlets between your eyes,
shall be seen among you, nor shall for by strength of hand the LORD
leaven be seen among you in all your brought us out of Eg ypt.”
quarters. 17 Then it came to pass, when
8 And you shall tell your son in that Pharaoh had let the people go, that
day, saying, “This is done because of God did not lead them by way of the
what the LORD did for me when I land of the Philistines, although that
came up from Eg ypt.’ was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps
9 It shall be as a sign to you on your the people change their minds when
hand and as a memorial between your they see war, and return to Eg ypt.”
eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in 18 So God led the people around by
your mouth; for with a strong hand way of the wilderness of the Red Sea.
the LORD has brought you out of And the children of Israel went up in
Eg ypt. orderly ranks out of the land of
10 You shall therefore keep this or- Eg ypt.
dinance in its season from year to 19 And Moses took the bones of
year. Joseph with him, for he had placed
11 “And it shall be, when the LORD the children of Israel under solemn
brings you into the land of the oath, saying, “God will surely visit
Canaanites, as He swore to you and you, and you shall carry up my bones
your fathers, and gives it to you, from here with you.”

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20 So they took their journey from 9 So the Eg yptians pursued them, all
Succoth and camped in Etham at the the horses and chariots of Pharaoh,
edge of the wilderness. his horsemen and his ar my, and over -
21 And the LORD went before them took them camping by the sea beside
by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.
way, and by night in a pillar of fire to 10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the
give them light, so as to g o by day children of Israel lifted their eyes,
and night. and behold, the Eg yptians marched
22 He did not take away the pillar of after them. So they were very afraid,
cloud by day or the pillar of fire by and the children of Israel cried out
night from before the people. to the LORD.
11 Then they said to Moses, “Be-
CHAPTER 14 cause there were no graves in Eg ypt,
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, have you taken us away to die in the
saying: wilderness? Why have you so dealt
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, with us, to bring us up out of Eg ypt?
that they turn and camp before Pi 12 Is this not the word that we told
Hahiroth, between Migdol and the you in Eg ypt, saying, “Let us alone
sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall that we may ser ve the Eg yptians’?
camp before it by the sea. For it would have been better for us
3 For Pharaoh will say of the chil- to ser ve the Eg yptians than that we
dren of Israel, “They are bewildered should die in the wilderness.”
by the land; the wilderness has closed 13 And Moses said to the people,
them in.’ “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see
4 Then I will harden Pharaoh’s the salvation of the LORD, which He
heart, so that he will pursue them; will accomplish for you today. For the
and I will gain honor over Pharaoh Eg yptians whom you see today, you
and over all his ar my, that the Eg yp- shall see again no more forever.
tians may know that I am the LORD.” 14 The LORD will fight for you, and
And they did so. you shall hold your peace.”
5 Now it was told the king of Eg ypt 15 And the LORD said to Moses,
that the people had fled, and the “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the chil-
heart of Pharaoh and his ser vants dren of Israel to g o forward.
was turned against the people; and 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch
they said, “Why have we done this, out your hand over the sea and divide
that we have let Israel g o from it. And the children of Israel shall g o
ser ving us?” on dry g round through the midst of
6 So he made ready his chariot and the sea.
took his people with him. 17 And I indeed will harden the
7 Also, he took six hundred choice hearts of the Eg yptians, and they
chariots, and all the chariots of shall follow them. So I will gain hon-
Eg ypt with captains over every one or over Pharaoh and over all his
of them. ar my, his chariots, and his horsemen.
8 And the LORD hardened the heart 18 Then the Eg yptians shall know
of Pharaoh king of Eg ypt, and he that I am the LORD, when I have
pursued the children of Israel; and gained honor for Myself over
the children of Israel went out with Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horse-
boldness. men.”

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19 And the Angel of God, who went the Eg yptians in the midst of the sea.
before the camp of Israel, moved and 28 Then the waters returned and
went behind them; and the pillar of covered the chariots, the horsemen,
cloud went from before them and and all the ar my of Pharaoh that
stood behind them. came into the sea after them. Not so
20 So it came between the camp of much as one of them remained.
the Eg yptians and the camp of Israel. 29 But the children of Israel had
Thus it was a cloud and darkness to walked on dry land in the midst of
the one, and it gave light by night to the sea, and the waters were a wall to
the other, so that the one did not them on their right hand and on their
come near the other all that night. left.
21 Then Moses stretched out his 30 So the LORD saved Israel that
hand over the sea; and the LORD day out of the hand of the Eg yp-
caused the sea to g o back by a strong tians, and Israel saw the Eg yptians
east wind all that night, and made the dead on the seashore.
sea into dry land, and the waters were 31 Thus Israel saw the g reat work
divided. which the LORD had done in Eg ypt;
22 So the children of Israel went so the people feared the LORD, and
into the midst of the sea on the dry believed the LORD and His ser vant
g round, and the waters were a wall to Moses.
them on their right hand and on their
left. CHAPTER 15
23 And the Eg yptians pursued and 1 Then Moses and the children of
went after them into the midst of the Israel sang this song to the LORD,
sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the
and his horsemen. LORD, For He has triumphed glori-
24 Now it came to pass, in the ously! The horse and its rider He has
morning watch, that the LORD thrown into the sea!
looked down upon the ar my of the 2 The LORD is my strength and
Eg yptians through the pillar of fire song, And He has become my salva -
and cloud, and He troubled the ar my tion; He is my God, and I will praise
of the Eg yptians. Him; My father’s God, and I will ex-
25 And He took off their chariot alt Him.
wheels, so that they drove them with 3 The LORD is a man of war; The
difficulty; and the Eg yptians said, LORD is His name.
“Let us flee from the face of Israel, 4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his ar my
for the LORD fights for them against He has cast into the sea; His chosen
the Eg yptians.” captains also are drowned in the Red
26 Then the LORD said to Moses, Sea.
“Stretch out your hand over the sea, 5 The depths have covered them;
that the waters may come back upon They sank to the bottom like a stone.
the Eg yptians, on their chariots, and 6 “Your right hand, O LORD, has
on their horsemen.” become glorious in power; Your right
27 And Moses stretched out his hand hand, O LORD, has dashed the en-
over the sea; and when the morning emy in pieces.
appeared, the sea returned to its full 7 And in the g reatness of Your ex-
depth, while the Eg yptians were flee- cellence You have overthrown those
ing into it. So the LORD overthrew who rose against You; You sent forth

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Your wrath; It consumed them like 19 For the horses of Pharaoh went
stubble. with his chariots and his horsemen
8 And with the blast of Your nos- into the sea, and the LORD brought
trils The waters were gathered to- back the waters of the sea upon
gether; The floods stood upright like them. But the children of Israel went
a heap; The depths congealed in the on dry land in the midst of the sea.
heart of the sea. 20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the
9 The enemy said, “I will pursue, I sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in
will overtake, I will divide the spoil; her hand; and all the women went out
My desire shall be satisfied on them. after her with timbrels and with
I will draw my sword, My hand shall dances.
destroy them.’ 21 And Miriam answered them: “Sing
10 You blew with Your wind, The to the LORD, For He has triumphed
sea covered them; They sank like lead gloriously! The horse and its rider He
in the mighty waters. has thrown into the sea!”
11 “Who is like You, O LORD, 22 So Moses brought Israel from the
among the g ods? Who is like You, Red Sea; then they went out into the
glorious in holiness, Fearful in Wilderness of Shur. And they went
praises, doing wonders? three days in the wilderness and
12 You stretched out Your right found no water.
hand; The earth swallowed them. 23 Now when they came to Marah,
13 You in Your mercy have led forth they could not drink the waters of
The people whom You have re- Marah, for they were bitter. There-
deemed; You have guided them in fore the name of it was called Marah.
Your strength To Your holy habita- 24 And the people complained
tion. against Moses, saying, “What shall we
14 “The people will hear and be drink?”
afraid; Sorrow will take hold of the 25 So he cried out to the LORD, and
inhabitants of Philistia. the LORD showed him a tree. When
15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be he cast it into the waters, the waters
dismayed; 1 The mighty men of were made sweet. There He made a
Moab, Trembling will take hold of statute and an ordinance for them,
them; All the inhabitants of Canaan and there He tested them,
will melt away. 26 and said, “If you diligently heed
16 Fear and dread will fall on them; the voice of the LORD your God and
By the g reatness of Your arm They do what is right in His sight, give ear
will be as still as a stone, Till Your to His commandments and keep all
people pass over, O LORD, Till the His statutes, I will put none of the
people pass over Whom You have diseases on you which I have brought
purchased. on the Eg yptians. For I am the
17 You will bring them in and plant LORD who heals you.”
them In the mountain of Your inher- 27 Then they came to Elim, where
itance, In the place, O LORD, which there were twelve wells of water and
You have made For Your own dwell- seventy palm trees; so they camped
ing, The sanctuary, O LORD, which there by the waters.
Your hands have established.
18 “The LORD shall reign forever CHAPTER 16
and ever.” 1 And they journeyed from Elim,

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and all the cong regation of the chil- dren of Israel, “Come near before
dren of Israel came to the Wilderness the LORD, for He has heard your
of Sin, which is between Elim and complaints.”‘
Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the 10 Now it came to pass, as Aaron
second month after they departed spoke to the whole cong regation of
from the land of Eg ypt. the children of Israel, that they
2 Then the whole cong regation of looked toward the wilderness, and be-
the children of Israel complained hold, the glory of the LORD ap-
against Moses and Aaron in the wil- peared in the cloud.
derness. 11 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
3 And the children of Israel said to saying,
them, “Oh, that we had died by the 12 “I have heard the complaints of
hand of the LORD in the land of the children of Israel. Speak to them,
Eg ypt, when we sat by the pots of saying, “At twilight you shall eat
meat and when we ate bread to the meat, and in the morning you shall be
full! For you have brought us out into filled with bread. And you shall know
this wilderness to kill this whole as- that I am the LORD your God.”‘
sembly with hunger.” 13 So it was that quails came up at
4 Then the LORD said to Moses, evening and covered the camp, and in
“Behold, I will rain bread from heav- the morning the dew lay all around
en for you. And the people shall g o the camp.
out and gather a certain quota every 14 And when the layer of dew lifted,
day, that I may test them, whether there, on the surface of the wilder-
they will walk in My law or not. ness, was a small round substance, as
5 And it shall be on the sixth day fine as frost on the g round.
that they shall prepare what they 15 So when the children of Israel
bring in, and it shall be twice as much saw it, they said to one another,
as they gather daily.” “What is it?” For they did not know
6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all what it was. And Moses said to them,
the children of Israel, “At evening “This is the bread which the LORD
you shall know that the LORD has has given you to eat.
brought you out of the land of 16 This is the thing which the LORD
Eg ypt. has commanded: “Let every man
7 And in the morning you shall see gather it according to each one’s
the glory of the LORD; for He hears need, one omer for each person, ac-
your complaints against the LORD. cording to the number of persons; let
But what are we, that you complain every man take for those who are in
against us?” his tent.”‘
8 Also Moses said, “This shall be 17 Then the children of Israel did so
seen when the LORD gives you meat and gathered, some more, some less.
to eat in the evening, and in the 18 So when they measured it by
morning bread to the full; for the omers, he who gathered much had
LORD hears your complaints which nothing left over, and he who
you make against Him. And what are gathered little had no lack. Ever y
we? Your complaints are not against man had gathered according to each
us but against the LORD.” one’s need.
9 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say 19 And Moses said, “Let no one
to all the cong regation of the chil- leave any of it till morning.”

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20 Notwithstanding they did not 32 Then Moses said, “This is the
heed Moses. But some of them left thing which the LORD has com-
part of it until morning, and it bred manded: “Fill an omer with it, to be
wor ms and stank. And Moses was kept for your generations, that they
ang r y with them. may see the bread with which I fed
21 So they gathered it every morn- you in the wilderness, when I brought
ing, every man according to his need. you out of the land of Eg ypt.”‘
And when the sun became hot, it 33 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take
melted. a pot and put an omer of manna in it,
22 And so it was, on the sixth day, and lay it up before the LORD, to be
that they gathered twice as much kept for your generations.”
bread, two omers for each one. And 34 As the LORD commanded Moses,
all the r ulers of the cong regation so Aaron laid it up before the Testi-
came and told Moses. mony, to be kept.
23 Then he said to them, “This is 35 And the children of Israel ate
what the LORD has said: “Tomorrow manna forty years, until they came to
is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to an inhabited land; they ate manna un-
the LORD. Bake what you will bake til they came to the border of the
today, and boil what you will boil; land of Canaan.
and lay up for yourselves all that re- 36 Now an omer is one-tenth of an
mains, to be kept until morning.”‘ ephah.
24 So they laid it up till morning, as
Moses commanded; and it did not CHAPTER 17
stink, nor were there any wor ms in it. 1 Then all the cong regation of the
25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, children of Israel set out on their
for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; journey from the Wilderness of Sin,
today you will not find it in the field. according to the commandment of
26 Six days you shall gather it, but the LORD, and camped in Rephidim;
on the seventh day, the Sabbath, but there was no water for the people
there will be none.” to drink.
27 Now it happened that some of 2 Therefore the people contended
the people went out on the seventh with Moses, and said, “Give us water,
day to gather, but they found none. that we may drink.” So Moses said to
28 And the LORD said to Moses, them, “Why do you contend with me?
“How long do you refuse to keep My Why do you tempt the LORD?”
commandments and My laws? 3 And the people thirsted there for
29 See! For the LORD has given you water, and the people complained
the Sabbath; therefore He gives you against Moses, and said, “Why is it
on the sixth day bread for two days. you have brought us up out of Eg ypt,
Let every man remain in his place; let to kill us and our children and our
no man g o out of his place on the livestock with thirst?”
seventh day.” 4 So Moses cried out to the LORD,
30 So the people rested on the sev- saying, “What shall I do with this
enth day. people? They are almost ready to
31 And the house of Israel called its stone me!”
name Manna. And it was like white 5 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go
coriander seed, and the taste of it on before the people, and take with
was like wafers made with honey. you some of the elders of Israel.

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Also take in your hand your rod with 16 for he said, “Because the LORD
which you struck the river, and g o. has sworn: the LORD will have war
6 Behold, I will stand before you with Amalek from generation to gen-
there on the rock in Horeb; and you eration.”
shall strike the rock, and water will
come out of it, that the people may CHAPTER 18
drink.” And Moses did so in the sight 1 And Jethro, the priest of Midian,
of the elders of Israel. Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that
7 So he called the name of the place God had done for Moses and for Is-
Massah and Meribah, because of the rael His people—that the LORD had
contention of the children of Israel, brought Israel out of Eg ypt.
and because they tempted the LORD, 2 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law,
saying, “Is the LORD among us or took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he
not?” had sent her back,
8 Now Amalek came and fought with 3 with her two sons, of whom the
Israel in Rephidim. name of one was Gershom (for he
9 And Moses said to Joshua, said, “I have been a stranger in a for-
“Choose us some men and g o out, eign land”)
fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will 4 and the name of the other was
stand on the top of the hill with the Eliezer (for he said, “The God of my
rod of God in my hand.” father was my help, and delivered me
10 So Joshua did as Moses said to from the sword of Pharaoh”);
him, and fought with Amalek. And 5 and Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law,
Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to came with his sons and his wife to
the top of the hill. Moses in the wilderness, where he
11 And so it was, when Moses held was encamped at the mountain of
up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and God.
when he let down his hand, Amalek 6 Now he had said to Moses, “I,
prevailed. your father-in-law Jethro, am coming
12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; to you with your wife and her two
so they took a stone and put it under sons with her.”
him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and 7 So Moses went out to meet his
Hur supported his hands, one on one father-in-law, bowed down, and
side, and the other on the other side; kissed him. And they asked each oth-
and his hands were steady until the er about their well-being, and they
g oing down of the sun. went into the tent.
13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and 8 And Moses told his father-in-law
his people with the edge of the all that the LORD had done to
sword. Pharaoh and to the Eg yptians for Is-
14 Then the LORD said to Moses, rael’s sake, all the hardship that had
“Write this for a memorial in the come upon them on the way, and how
book and recount it in the hearing of the LORD had delivered them.
Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the 9 Then Jethro rejoiced for all the
remembrance of Amalek from under g ood which the LORD had done for
heaven.” Israel, whom He had delivered out of
15 And Moses built an altar and the hand of the Eg yptians.
called its name, The-LORD-Is-My- 10 And Jethro said, “Blessed be the
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the hand of the Eg yptians and out of 21 Moreover you shall select from all
the hand of Pharaoh, and who has the people able men, such as fear
delivered the people from under the God, men of truth, hating covetous-
hand of the Eg yptians. ness; and place such over them to be
11 Now I know that the LORD is r ulers of thousands, rulers of hun-
g reater than all the g ods; for in the dreds, r ulers of fifties, and r ulers of
ver y thing in which they behaved tens.
proudly, He was above them.” 22 And let them judge the people at
12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, all times. Then it will be that ever y
took a burnt offering and other sacri- g reat matter they shall bring to you,
fices to offer to God. And Aaron but every small matter they them-
came with all the elders of Israel to selves shall judge. So it will be easier
eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law for you, for they will bear the burden
before God. with you.
13 And so it was, on the next day, 23 If you do this thing, and God so
that Moses sat to judge the people; commands you, then you will be able
and the people stood before Moses to endure, and all this people will
from morning until evening. also g o to their place in peace.”
14 So when Moses’ father-in-law saw 24 So Moses heeded the voice of his
all that he did for the people, he said, father-in-law and did all that he had
“What is this thing that you are doing said.
for the people? Why do you alone sit, 25 And Moses chose able men out
and all the people stand before you of all Israel, and made them heads
from morning until evening?” over the people: rulers of thousands,
15 And Moses said to his father-in- r ulers of hundreds, r ulers of fifties,
law, “Because the people come to me and r ulers of tens.
to inquire of God. 26 So they judged the people at all
16 When they have a difficulty, they times; the hard cases they brought to
come to me, and I judge between one Moses, but they judged every small
and another; and I make known the case themselves.
statutes of God and His laws.” 27 Then Moses let his father-in-law
17 So Moses’ father-in-law said to depart, and he went his way to his
him, “The thing that you do is not own land.
g ood.
18 Both you and these people who CHAPTER 19
are with you will surely wear 1 In the third month after the chil-
yourselves out. For this thing is too dren of Israel had g one out of the
much for you; you are not able to land of Eg ypt, on the same day, they
perfor m it by yourself. came to the Wilderness of Sinai.
19 Listen now to my voice; I will 2 For they had departed from Rephi-
give you counsel, and God will be dim, had come to the Wilderness of
with you: Stand before God for the Sinai, and camped in the wilderness.
people, so that you may bring the dif- So Israel camped there before the
ficulties to God. mountain.
20 And you shall teach them the 3 And Moses went up to God, and
statutes and the laws, and show them the LORD called to him from the
the way in which they must walk and mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say
the work they must do. to the house of Jacob, and tell the

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children of Israel: mountain.”
4 “You have seen what I did to the 14 So Moses went down from the
Eg yptians, and how I bore you on mountain to the people and sanctified
eagles’ wings and brought you to My- the people, and they washed their
self. clothes.
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed 15 And he said to the people, “Be
obey My voice and keep My covenant, ready for the third day; do not come
then you shall be a special treasure to near your wives.”
Me above all people; for all the earth 16 Then it came to pass on the third
is Mine. day, in the morning, that there were
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom thunderings and lightnings, and a
of priests and a holy nation.’ These thick cloud on the mountain; and the
are the words which you shall speak sound of the trumpet was very loud,
to the children of Israel.” so that all the people who were in the
7 So Moses came and called for the camp trembled.
elders of the people, and laid before 17 And Moses brought the people
them all these words which the out of the camp to meet with God,
LORD commanded him. and they stood at the foot of the
8 Then all the people answered to- mountain.
gether and said, “All that the LORD 18 Now Mount Sinai was completely
has spoken we will do.” So Moses in smoke, because the LORD descen-
brought back the words of the people ded upon it in fire. Its smoke ascen-
to the LORD. ded like the smoke of a furnace, and
9 And the LORD said to Moses, the whole mountain quaked greatly.
“Behold, I come to you in the thick 19 And when the blast of the tr um-
cloud, that the people may hear when pet sounded long and became louder
I speak with you, and believe you and louder, Moses spoke, and God
forever.” So Moses told the words of answered him by voice.
the people to the LORD. 20 Then the LORD came down upon
10 Then the LORD said to Moses, Mount Sinai, on the top of the
“Go to the people and consecrate mountain. And the LORD called
them today and tomorrow, and let Moses to the top of the mountain,
them wash their clothes. and Moses went up.
11 And let them be ready for the 21 And the LORD said to Moses,
third day. For on the third day the “Go down and warn the people, lest
LORD will come down upon Mount they break through to gaze at the
Sinai in the sight of all the people. LORD, and many of them perish.
12 You shall set bounds for the 22 Also let the priests who come
people all around, saying, “Take heed near the LORD consecrate them-
to yourselves that you do not g o up selves, lest the LORD break out
to the mountain or touch its base. against them.”
Whoever touches the mountain shall 23 But Moses said to the LORD,
surely be put to death. “The people cannot come up to
13 Not a hand shall touch him, but Mount Sinai; for You warned us, say-
he shall surely be stoned or shot with ing, “Set bounds around the moun-
an ar row; whether man or beast, he tain and consecrate it.”‘
shall not live.’ When the tr umpet 24 Then the LORD said to him,
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you and Aaron with you. But do not blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed
let the priests and the people break it.
through to come up to the LORD, 12 “Honor your father and your
lest He break out against them.” mother, that your days may be long
25 So Moses went down to the upon the land which the LORD your
people and spoke to them. God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
CHAPTER 20 14 “You shall not commit adulter y.
1 And God spoke all these words, 15 “You shall not steal.
saying: 16 “You shall not bear false witness
2 “I am the LORD your God, who against your neighbor.
brought you out of the land of 17 “You shall not covet your neigh-
Eg ypt, out of the house of bondage. bor’s house; you shall not covet your
3 “You shall have no other g ods be- neighbor’s wife, nor his male ser vant,
fore Me. nor his female ser vant, nor his ox,
4 “You shall not make for yourself a nor his donkey, nor anything that is
car ved image—any likeness of any- your neighbor’s.”
thing that is in heaven above, or that 18 Now all the people witnessed the
is in the earth beneath, or that is in thunderings, the lightning flashes, the
the water under the earth; sound of the tr umpet, and the moun-
5 you shall not bow down to them tain smoking; and when the people
nor ser ve them. For I, the LORD saw it, they trembled and stood afar
your God, am a jealous God, visiting off.
the iniquity of the fathers upon the 19 Then they said to Moses, “You
children to the third and fourth gen- speak with us, and we will hear; but
erations of those who hate Me, let not God speak with us, lest we
6 but showing mercy to thousands, die.”
to those who love Me and keep My 20 And Moses said to the people,
commandments. “Do not fear; for God has come to
7 “You shall not take the name of test you, and that His fear may be be-
the LORD your God in vain, for the fore you, so that you may not sin.”
LORD will not hold him guiltless 21 So the people stood afar off, but
who takes His name in vain. Moses drew near the thick darkness
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to where God was.
keep it holy. 22 Then the LORD said to Moses,
9 Six days you shall labor and do all “Thus you shall say to the children
your work, of Israel: “You have seen that I have
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath talked with you from heaven.
of the LORD your God. In it you 23 You shall not make anything to
shall do no work: you, nor your son, be with Me—g ods of silver or g ods
nor your daughter, nor your male ser - of g old you shall not make for
vant, nor your female ser vant, nor yourselves.
your cattle, nor your stranger who is 24 An altar of earth you shall make
within your gates. for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it
11 For in six days the LORD made your burnt offerings and your peace
the heavens and the earth, the sea, offerings, your sheep and your oxen.
and all that is in them, and rested the In every place where I record My
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bless you. 11 And if he does not do these three
25 And if you make Me an altar of for her, then she shall g o out free,
stone, you shall not build it of hewn without paying money.
stone; for if you use your tool on it, 12 “He who strikes a man so that he
you have profaned it. dies shall surely be put to death.
26 Nor shall you g o up by steps to 13 However, if he did not lie in wait,
My altar, that your nakedness may not but God delivered him into his hand,
be exposed on it.’ then I will appoint for you a place
where he may flee.
CHAPTER 21 14 “But if a man acts with premedit-
1 “Now these are the judgments ation against his neighbor, to kill him
which you shall set before them: by treachery, you shall take him from
2 If you buy a Hebrew ser vant, he My altar, that he may die.
shall ser ve six years; and in the sev- 15 “And he who strikes his father or
enth he shall g o out free and pay his mother shall surely be put to
nothing. death.
3 If he comes in by himself, he shall 16 “He who kidnaps a man and sells
g o out by himself; if he comes in him, or if he is found in his hand,
mar ried, then his wife shall g o out shall surely be put to death.
with him. 17 “And he who curses his father or
4 If his master has given him a wife, his mother shall surely be put to
and she has borne him sons or death.
daughters, the wife and her children 18 “If men contend with each other,
shall be her master’s, and he shall g o and one strikes the other with a stone
out by himself. or with his fist, and he does not die
5 But if the ser vant plainly says, “I but is confined to his bed,
love my master, my wife, and my chil- 19 if he rises again and walks about
dren; I will not g o out free,’ outside with his staff, then he who
6 then his master shall bring him to str uck him shall be acquitted. He
the judges. He shall also bring him to shall only pay for the loss of his
the door, or to the doorpost, and his time, and shall provide for him to be
master shall pierce his ear with an thoroughly healed.
awl; and he shall ser ve him forever. 20 “And if a man beats his male or
7 “And if a man sells his daughter to female ser vant with a rod, so that he
be a female slave, she shall not g o dies under his hand, he shall surely
out as the male slaves do. be punished.
8 If she does not please her master, 21 Notwithstanding, if he remains
who has betrothed her to himself, alive a day or two, he shall not be
then he shall let her be redeemed. He punished; for he is his property.
shall have no right to sell her to a 22 “If men fight, and hurt a woman
foreign people, since he has dealt de- with child, so that she gives birth
ceitfully with her. prematurely, yet no har m follows, he
9 And if he has betrothed her to his shall surely be punished accordingly
son, he shall deal with her according as the woman’s husband imposes on
to the custom of daughters. him; and he shall pay as the judges
10 If he takes another wife, he shall deter mine.
not diminish her food, her clothing, 23 But if any har m follows, then you
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24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand tended to thr ust in time past, and its
for hand, foot for foot, owner has not kept it confined, he
25 burn for burn, wound for wound, shall surely pay ox for ox, and the
stripe for stripe. dead animal shall be his own.
26 “If a man strikes the eye of his
male or female ser vant, and destroys CHAPTER 22
it, he shall let him g o free for the 1 “If a man steals an ox or a sheep,
sake of his eye. and slaughters it or sells it, he shall
27 And if he knocks out the tooth restore five oxen for an ox and four
of his male or female ser vant, he sheep for a sheep.
shall let him g o free for the sake of 2 If the thief is found breaking in,
his tooth. and he is str uck so that he dies, there
28 “If an ox g ores a man or a wo- shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.
man to death, then the ox shall surely 3 If the sun has risen on him, there
be stoned, and its flesh shall not be shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He
eaten; but the owner of the ox shall should make full restitution; if he has
be acquitted. nothing, then he shall be sold for his
29 But if the ox tended to thr ust theft.
with its horn in times past, and it has 4 If the theft is certainly found alive
been made known to his owner, and in his hand, whether it is an ox or
he has not kept it confined, so that it donkey or sheep, he shall restore
has killed a man or a woman, the ox double.
shall be stoned and its owner also 5 “If a man causes a field or vine-
shall be put to death. yard to be grazed, and lets loose his
30 If there is imposed on him a sum animal, and it feeds in another man’s
of money, then he shall pay to re- field, he shall make restitution from
deem his life, whatever is imposed on the best of his own field and the best
him. of his own vineyard.
31 Whether it has g ored a son or 6 “If fire breaks out and catches in
g ored a daughter, according to this thorns, so that stacked g rain, stand-
judgment it shall be done to him. ing g rain, or the field is consumed,
32 If the ox g ores a male or female he who kindled the fire shall surely
ser vant, he shall give to their master make restitution.
thirty shekels of silver, and the ox 7 “If a man delivers to his neighbor
shall be stoned. money or articles to keep, and it is
33 “And if a man opens a pit, or if a stolen out of the man’s house, if the
man digs a pit and does not cover it, thief is found, he shall pay double.
and an ox or a donkey falls in it, 8 If the thief is not found, then the
34 the owner of the pit shall make it master of the house shall be brought
g ood; he shall give money to their to the judges to see whether he has
owner, but the dead animal shall be put his hand into his neighbor’s
his. g oods.
35 “If one man’s ox hurts another’s, 9 “For any kind of trespass, whether
so that it dies, then they shall sell the it concerns an ox, a donkey, a sheep,
live ox and divide the money from it; or clothing, or for any kind of lost
and the dead ox they shall also di- thing which another claims to be his,
vide. the cause of both parties shall come
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judges condemn shall pay double to and they cry at all to Me, I will surely
his neighbor. hear their cry;
10 If a man delivers to his neighbor 24 and My wrath will become hot,
a donkey, an ox, a sheep, or any an- and I will kill you with the sword;
imal to keep, and it dies, is hurt, or your wives shall be widows, and your
driven away, no one seeing it, children fatherless.
11 then an oath of the LORD shall 25 “If you lend money to any of My
be between them both, that he has people who are poor among you, you
not put his hand into his neighbor’s shall not be like a moneylender to
g oods; and the owner of it shall ac- him; you shall not charge him in-
cept that, and he shall not make it terest.
g ood. 26 If you ever take your neighbor’s
12 But if, in fact, it is stolen from gar ment as a pledge, you shall return
him, he shall make restitution to the it to him before the sun g oes down.
owner of it. 27 For that is his only covering, it is
13 If it is torn to pieces by a beast, his gar ment for his skin. What will he
then he shall bring it as evidence, and sleep in? And it will be that when he
he shall not make g ood what was cries to Me, I will hear, for I am g ra-
tor n. cious.
14 “And if a man borrows anything 28 “You shall not revile God, nor
from his neighbor, and it becomes in- curse a ruler of your people.
jured or dies, the owner of it not be- 29 “You shall not delay to offer the
ing with it, he shall surely make it first of your ripe produce and your
g ood. juices. The firstborn of your sons
15 If its owner was with it, he shall you shall give to Me.
not make it g ood; if it was hired, it 30 Likewise you shall do with your
came for its hire. oxen and your sheep. It shall be with
16 “If a man entices a virgin who is its mother seven days; on the eighth
not betrothed, and lies with her, he day you shall give it to Me.
shall surely pay the bride-price for 31 “And you shall be holy men to
her to be his wife. Me: you shall not eat meat torn by
17 If her father utterly refuses to beasts in the field; you shall throw it
give her to him, he shall pay money to the dogs.
according to the bride-price of vir-
gins. CHAPTER 23
18 “You shall not per mit a sorceress 1 “You shall not circulate a false re-
to live. port. Do not put your hand with the
19 “Whoever lies with an animal wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
shall surely be put to death. 2 You shall not follow a crowd to do
20 “He who sacrifices to any g od, evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute
except to the LORD only, he shall be so as to turn aside after many to per -
utterly destroyed. vert justice.
21 “You shall neither mistreat a 3 You shall not show partiality to a
stranger nor oppress him, for you poor man in his dispute.
were strangers in the land of Eg ypt. 4 “If you meet your enemy’s ox or
22 “You shall not afflict any widow his donkey g oing astray, you shall
or fatherless child. surely bring it back to him again.
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hates you lying under its burden, and of your labors from the field.
you would refrain from helping it, 17 “Three times in the year all your
you shall surely help him with it. males shall appear before the Lord
6 “You shall not per vert the judg- GOD.
ment of your poor in his dispute. 18 “You shall not offer the blood of
7 Keep yourself far from a false My sacrifice with leavened bread; nor
matter; do not kill the innocent and shall the fat of My sacrifice remain
righteous. For I will not justify the until morning.
wicked. 19 The first of the firstfruits of
8 And you shall take no bribe, for a your land you shall bring into the
bribe blinds the discerning and per - house of the LORD your God. You
verts the words of the righteous. shall not boil a young g oat in its
9 “Also you shall not oppress a mother’s milk.
stranger, for you know the heart of a 20 “Behold, I send an Angel before
stranger, because you were strangers you to keep you in the way and to
in the land of Eg ypt. bring you into the place which I have
10 “Six years you shall sow your land prepared.
and gather in its produce, 21 Beware of Him and obey His
11 but the seventh year you shall let voice; do not provoke Him, for He
it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of will not pardon your transg ressions;
your people may eat; and what they for My name is in Him.
leave, the beasts of the field may eat. 22 But if you indeed obey His voice
In like manner you shall do with your and do all that I speak, then I will be
vineyard and your olive g rove. an enemy to your enemies and an ad-
12 Six days you shall do your work, versary to your adversaries.
and on the seventh day you shall rest, 23 For My Angel will g o before you
that your ox and your donkey may and bring you in to the Amorites and
rest, and the son of your female ser - the Hittites and the Perizzites and the
vant and the stranger may be re- Canaanites and the Hivites and the
freshed. Jebusites; and I will cut them off.
13 “And in all that I have said to 24 You shall not bow down to their
you, be circumspect and make no g ods, nor ser ve them, nor do accord-
mention of the name of other g ods, ing to their works; but you shall ut-
nor let it be heard from your mouth. terly overthrow them and completely
14 “Three times you shall keep a break down their sacred pillars.
feast to Me in the year: 25 “So you shall ser ve the LORD
15 You shall keep the Feast of Un- your God, and He will bless your
leavened Bread (you shall eat un- bread and your water. And I will take
leavened bread seven days, as I com- sickness away from the midst of you.
manded you, at the time appointed in 26 No one shall suffer miscarriage
the month of Abib, for in it you or be barren in your land; I will ful-
came out of Eg ypt; none shall appear fill the number of your days.
before Me empty); 27 “I will send My fear before you, I
16 and the Feast of Har vest, the will cause confusion among all the
firstfr uits of your labors which you people to whom you come, and will
have sown in the field; and the Feast make all your enemies turn their
of Ingathering at the end of the year, backs to you.
when you have gathered in the fr uit 28 And I will send hornets before

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you, which shall drive out the Hivite, 6 And Moses took half the blood
the Canaanite, and the Hittite from and put it in basins, and half the
before you. blood he sprinkled on the altar.
29 I will not drive them out from be- 7 Then he took the Book of the
fore you in one year, lest the land be- Covenant and read in the hearing of
come desolate and the beasts of the the people. And they said, “All that
field become too numerous for you. the LORD has said we will do, and be
30 Little by little I will drive them obedient.”
out from before you, until you have 8 And Moses took the blood,
increased, and you inherit the land. sprinkled it on the people, and said,
31 And I will set your bounds from “This is the blood of the covenant
the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and which the LORD has made with you
from the desert to the River. For I according to all these words.”
will deliver the inhabitants of the 9 Then Moses went up, also Aaron,
land into your hand, and you shall Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of
drive them out before you. the elders of Israel,
32 You shall make no covenant with 10 and they saw the God of Israel.
them, nor with their g ods. And there was under His feet as it
33 They shall not dwell in your land, were a paved work of sapphire stone,
lest they make you sin against Me. and it was like the very heavens in its
For if you ser ve their g ods, it will clarity.
surely be a snare to you.” 11 But on the nobles of the children
of Israel He did not lay His hand. So
CHAPTER 24 they saw God, and they ate and
1 Now He said to Moses, “Come up drank.
to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab 12 Then the LORD said to Moses,
and Abihu, and seventy of the elders “Come up to Me on the mountain
of Israel, and worship from afar. and be there; and I will give you tab-
2 And Moses alone shall come near lets of stone, and the law and com -
the LORD, but they shall not come mandments which I have written, that
near; nor shall the people g o up with you may teach them.”
him.” 13 So Moses arose with his assistant
3 So Moses came and told the people Joshua, and Moses went up to the
all the words of the LORD and all mountain of God.
the judgments. And all the people 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait
answered with one voice and said, here for us until we come back to
“All the words which the LORD has you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with
said we will do.” you. If any man has a difficulty, let
4 And Moses wrote all the words of him g o to them.”
the LORD. And he rose early in the 15 Then Moses went up into the
morning, and built an altar at the mountain, and a cloud covered the
foot of the mountain, and twelve pil- mountain.
lars according to the twelve tribes of 16 Now the glory of the LORD res -
Israel. ted on Mount Sinai, and the cloud
5 Then he sent young men of the covered it six days. And on the sev-
children of Israel, who offered burnt enth day He called to Moses out of
offerings and sacrificed peace offer- the midst of the cloud.
ings of oxen to the LORD. 17 The sight of the glory of the

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LORD was like a consuming fire on g old.
the top of the mountain in the eyes 14 You shall put the poles into the
of the children of Israel. rings on the sides of the ark, that the
18 So Moses went into the midst of ark may be carried by them.
the cloud and went up into the moun- 15 The poles shall be in the rings of
tain. And Moses was on the mountain the ark; they shall not be taken from
forty days and forty nights. it.
16 And you shall put into the ark the
CHAPTER 25 Testimony which I will give you.
1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 17 “You shall make a mercy seat of
saying: pure g old; two and a half cubits shall
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, be its length and a cubit and a half
that they bring Me an offering. From its width.
ever yone who gives it willingly with 18 And you shall make two cher ubim
his heart you shall take My offering. of g old; of hammered work you shall
3 And this is the offering which you make them at the two ends of the
shall take from them: g old, silver, and mercy seat.
bronze; 19 Make one cher ub at one end, and
4 blue, purple, and scarlet thread, the other cher ub at the other end;
fine linen, and g oats’ hair; you shall make the cher ubim at the
5 ram skins dyed red, badger skins, two ends of it of one piece with the
and acacia wood; mercy seat.
6 oil for the light, and spices for the 20 And the cher ubim shall stretch
anointing oil and for the sweet in- out their wings above, covering the
cense; mercy seat with their wings, and they
7 onyx stones, and stones to be set shall face one another; the faces of
in the ephod and in the breastplate. the cher ubim shall be toward the
8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, mercy seat.
that I may dwell among them. 21 You shall put the mercy seat on
9 According to all that I show you, top of the ark, and in the ark you
that is, the pattern of the tabernacle shall put the Testimony that I will
and the pattern of all its furnishings, give you.
just so you shall make it. 22 And there I will meet with you,
10 “And they shall make an ark of and I will speak with you from above
acacia wood; two and a half cubits the mercy seat, from between the two
shall be its length, a cubit and a half cher ubim which are on the ark of the
its width, and a cubit and a half its Testimony, about everything which I
height. will give you in commandment to the
11 And you shall overlay it with pure children of Israel.
g old, inside and out you shall overlay 23 “You shall also make a table of
it, and shall make on it a molding of acacia wood; two cubits shall be its
g old all around. length, a cubit its width, and a cubit
12 You shall cast four rings of g old and a half its height.
for it, and put them in its four 24 And you shall overlay it with pure
cor ners; two rings shall be on one g old, and make a molding of g old all
side, and two rings on the other side. around.
13 And you shall make poles of aca - 25 You shall make for it a frame of a
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make a g old molding for the frame all tend from the lampstand.
around. 36 Their knobs and their branches
26 And you shall make for it four shall be of one piece; all of it shall
rings of g old, and put the rings on be one hammered piece of pure g old.
the four corners that are at its four 37 You shall make seven lamps for
legs. it, and they shall arrange its lamps so
27 The rings shall be close to the that they give light in front of it.
frame, as holders for the poles to 38 And its wick-trimmers and their
bear the table. trays shall be of pure g old.
28 And you shall make the poles of 39 It shall be made of a talent of
acacia wood, and overlay them with pure g old, with all these utensils.
g old, that the table may be carried 40 And see to it that you make them
with them. according to the pattern which was
29 You shall make its dishes, its shown you on the mountain.
pans, its pitchers, and its bowls for
pouring. You shall make them of CHAPTER 26
pure g old. 1 “Moreover you shall make the tab-
30 And you shall set the showbread ernacle with ten curtains of fine
on the table before Me always. woven linen and blue, purple, and
31 “You shall also make a lampstand scarlet thread; with artistic designs of
of pure g old; the lampstand shall be cher ubim you shall weave them.
of hammered work. Its shaft, its 2 The length of each curtain shall be
branches, its bowls, its ornamental twenty-eight cubits, and the width of
knobs, and flowers shall be of one each curtain four cubits. And ever y
piece. one of the curtains shall have the
32 And six branches shall come out same measurements.
of its sides: three branches of the 3 Five curtains shall be coupled to
lampstand out of one side, and three one another, and the other five cur -
branches of the lampstand out of the tains shall be coupled to one another.
other side. 4 And you shall make loops of blue
33 Three bowls shall be made like al- yarn on the edge of the curtain on
mond blossoms on one branch, with the selvedge of one set, and likewise
an or namental knob and a flower, and you shall do on the outer edge of the
three bowls made like almond blos- other curtain of the second set.
soms on the other branch, with an 5 Fifty loops you shall make in the
or namental knob and a flower—and one curtain, and fifty loops you shall
so for the six branches that come out make on the edge of the curtain that
of the lampstand. is on the end of the second set, that
34 On the lampstand itself four the loops may be clasped to one an-
bowls shall be made like almond other.
blossoms, each with its ornamental 6 And you shall make fifty clasps of
knob and flower. g old, and couple the curtains togeth-
35 And there shall be a knob under er with the clasps, so that it may be
the first two branches of the same, a one tabernacle.
knob under the second two branches 7 “You shall also make curtains of
of the same, and a knob under the g oats’ hair, to be a tent over the tab-
third two branches of the same, ac- ernacle. You shall make eleven cur -
cording to the six branches that ex- tains.

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8 The length of each curtain shall be its two tenons.
thirty cubits, and the width of each 20 And for the second side of the
curtain four cubits; and the eleven tabernacle, the north side, there shall
curtains shall all have the same meas- be twenty boards
urements. 21 and their forty sockets of silver :
9 And you shall couple five curtains two sockets under each of the
by themselves and six curtains by boards.
themselves, and you shall double over 22 For the far side of the tabernacle,
the sixth curtain at the forefront of westward, you shall make six boards.
the tent. 23 And you shall also make two
10 You shall make fifty loops on the boards for the two back corners of
edge of the curtain that is outer most the tabernacle.
in one set, and fifty loops on the 24 They shall be coupled together at
edge of the curtain of the second set. the bottom and they shall be coupled
11 And you shall make fifty bronze together at the top by one ring. Thus
clasps, put the clasps into the loops, it shall be for both of them. They
and couple the tent together, that it shall be for the two corners.
may be one. 25 So there shall be eight boards
12 The remnant that remains of the with their sockets of silver—sixteen
curtains of the tent, the half curtain sockets—two sockets under each of
that remains, shall hang over the back the boards.
of the tabernacle. 26 “And you shall make bars of aca-
13 And a cubit on one side and a cu- cia wood: five for the boards on one
bit on the other side, of what re- side of the tabernacle,
mains of the length of the curtains 27 five bars for the boards on the
of the tent, shall hang over the sides other side of the tabernacle, and five
of the tabernacle, on this side and on bars for the boards of the side of the
that side, to cover it. tabernacle, for the far side westward.
14 “You shall also make a covering 28 The middle bar shall pass through
of ram skins dyed red for the tent, the midst of the boards from end to
and a covering of badger skins above end.
that. 29 You shall overlay the boards with
15 “And for the tabernacle you shall g old, make their rings of g old as
make the boards of acacia wood, holders for the bars, and overlay the
standing upright. bars with g old.
16 Ten cubits shall be the length of 30 And you shall raise up the taber-
a board, and a cubit and a half shall nacle according to its pattern which
be the width of each board. you were shown on the mountain.
17 Two tenons shall be in each board 31 “You shall make a veil woven of
for binding one to another. Thus you blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and
shall make for all the boards of the fine woven linen. It shall be woven
tabernacle. with an artistic design of cher ubim.
18 And you shall make the boards 32 You shall hang it upon the four
for the tabernacle, twenty boards for pillars of acacia wood overlaid with
the south side. g old. Their hooks shall be g old, upon
19 You shall make forty sockets of four sockets of silver.
silver under the twenty boards: two 33 And you shall hang the veil from
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ark of the Testimony in there, behind sides of the altar to bear it.
the veil. The veil shall be a divider 8 You shall make it hollow with
for you between the holy place and boards; as it was shown you on the
the Most Holy. mountain, so shall they make it.
34 You shall put the mercy seat upon 9 “You shall also make the court of
the ark of the Testimony in the Most the tabernacle. For the south side
Holy. there shall be hangings for the court
35 You shall set the table outside the made of fine woven linen, one hun-
veil, and the lampstand across from dred cubits long for one side.
the table on the side of the taber- 10 And its twenty pillars and their
nacle toward the south; and you shall twenty sockets shall be bronze. The
put the table on the north side. hooks of the pillars and their bands
36 “You shall make a screen for the shall be silver.
door of the tabernacle, woven of 11 Likewise along the length of the
blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and north side there shall be hangings
fine woven linen, made by a weaver. one hundred cubits long, with its
37 And you shall make for the screen twenty pillars and their twenty sock-
five pillars of acacia wood, and over- ets of bronze, and the hooks of the
lay them with g old; their hooks shall pillars and their bands of silver.
be g old, and you shall cast five sock- 12 “And along the width of the court
ets of bronze for them. on the west side shall be hangings of
fifty cubits, with their ten pillars and
CHAPTER 27 their ten sockets.
1 “You shall make an altar of acacia 13 The width of the court on the
wood, five cubits long and five cubits east side shall be fifty cubits.
wide—the altar shall be square—and 14 The hangings on one side of the
its height shall be three cubits. gate shall be fifteen cubits, with their
2 You shall make its horns on its three pillars and their three sockets.
four corners; its horns shall be of 15 And on the other side shall be
one piece with it. And you shall over- hangings of fifteen cubits, with their
lay it with bronze. three pillars and their three sockets.
3 Also you shall make its pans to re - 16 “For the gate of the court there
ceive its ashes, and its shovels and its shall be a screen twenty cubits long,
basins and its forks and its firepans; woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
you shall make all its utensils of thread, and fine woven linen, made
bronze. by a weaver. It shall have four pillars
4 You shall make a grate for it, a and four sockets.
network of bronze; and on the net- 17 All the pillars around the court
work you shall make four bronze shall have bands of silver; their
rings at its four corners. hooks shall be of silver and their
5 You shall put it under the rim of sockets of bronze.
the altar beneath, that the network 18 The length of the court shall be
may be midway up the altar. one hundred cubits, the width fifty
6 And you shall make poles for the throughout, and the height five cu-
altar, poles of acacia wood, and over- bits, made of fine woven linen, and
lay them with bronze. its sockets of bronze.
7 The poles shall be put in the rings, 19 All the utensils of the tabernacle
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the pegs of the court, shall be of 8 And the intricately woven band of
bronze. the ephod, which is on it, shall be of
20 “And you shall command the chil- the same workmanship, made of g old,
dren of Israel that they bring you blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and
pure oil of pressed olives for the fine woven linen.
light, to cause the lamp to burn con- 9 “Then you shall take two onyx
tinually. stones and eng rave on them the
21 In the tabernacle of meeting, out- names of the sons of Israel:
side the veil which is before the 10 six of their names on one stone
Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall and six names on the other stone, in
tend it from evening until morning order of their birth.
before the LORD. It shall be a statute 11 With the work of an eng raver in
forever to their generations on behalf stone, like the eng ravings of a signet,
of the children of Israel. you shall eng rave the two stones with
the names of the sons of Israel. You
CHAPTER 28 shall set them in settings of g old.
1 “Now take Aaron your brother, 12 And you shall put the two stones
and his sons with him, from among on the shoulders of the ephod as me-
the children of Israel, that he may morial stones for the sons of Israel.
minister to Me as priest, Aaron and So Aaron shall bear their names be-
Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, fore the LORD on his two shoulders
and Ithamar. as a memorial.
2 And you shall make holy gar ments 13 You shall also make settings of
for Aaron your brother, for glory and g old,
for beauty. 14 and you shall make two chains of
3 So you shall speak to all who are pure g old like braided cords, and
gifted artisans, whom I have filled fasten the braided chains to the set-
with the spirit of wisdom, that they tings.
may make Aaron’s gar ments, to con- 15 “You shall make the breastplate
secrate him, that he may minister to of judgment. Artistically woven ac-
Me as priest. cording to the workmanship of the
4 And these are the gar ments which ephod you shall make it: of g old,
they shall make: a breastplate, an blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and
ephod, a robe, a skillfully woven tu- fine woven linen, you shall make it.
nic, a turban, and a sash. So they 16 It shall be doubled into a square:
shall make holy gar ments for Aaron a span shall be its length, and a span
your brother and his sons, that he shall be its width.
may minister to Me as priest. 17 And you shall put settings of
5 “They shall take the g old, blue, stones in it, four rows of stones: The
purple, and scarlet thread, and the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz,
fine linen, and an emerald; this shall be the first
6 and they shall make the ephod of row;
g old, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, 18 the second row shall be a tur-
and fine woven linen, artistically quoise, a sapphire, and a diamond;
worked. 19 the third row, a jacinth, an agate,
7 It shall have two shoulder straps and an amethyst;
joined at its two edges, and so it shall 20 and the fourth row, a beryl, an
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in g old settings. Thummim, and they shall be over
21 And the stones shall have the Aaron’s heart when he g oes in before
names of the sons of Israel, twelve the LORD. So Aaron shall bear the
according to their names, like the en- judgment of the children of Israel
g ravings of a signet, each one with over his heart before the LORD con-
its own name; they shall be according tinually.
to the twelve tribes. 31 “You shall make the robe of the
22 “You shall make chains for the ephod all of blue.
breastplate at the end, like braided 32 There shall be an opening for his
cords of pure g old. head in the middle of it; it shall have
23 And you shall make two rings of a woven binding all around its open-
g old for the breastplate, and put the ing, like the opening in a coat of
two rings on the two ends of the mail, so that it does not tear.
breastplate. 33 And upon its hem you shall make
24 Then you shall put the two pomeg ranates of blue, purple, and
braided chains of g old in the two scarlet, all around its hem, and bells
rings which are on the ends of the of g old between them all around:
breastplate; 34 a g olden bell and a pomeg ranate,
25 and the other two ends of the a g olden bell and a pomeg ranate,
two braided chains you shall fasten to upon the hem of the robe all around.
the two settings, and put them on the 35 And it shall be upon Aaron when
shoulder straps of the ephod in the he ministers, and its sound will be
front. heard when he g oes into the holy
26 “You shall make two rings of place before the LORD and when he
g old, and put them on the two ends comes out, that he may not die.
of the breastplate, on the edge of it, 36 “You shall also make a plate of
which is on the inner side of the eph- pure g old and eng rave on it, like the
od. eng raving of a signet: HOLINESS
27 And two other rings of g old you TO THE LORD.
shall make, and put them on the two 37 And you shall put it on a blue
shoulder straps, underneath the eph- cord, that it may be on the turban; it
od toward its front, right at the seam shall be on the front of the turban.
above the intricately woven band of 38 So it shall be on Aaron’s fore-
the ephod. head, that Aaron may bear the
28 They shall bind the breastplate by iniquity of the holy things which the
means of its rings to the rings of the children of Israel hallow in all their
ephod, using a blue cord, so that it is holy gifts; and it shall always be on
above the intricately woven band of his forehead, that they may be accep-
the ephod, and so that the breastplate ted before the LORD.
does not come loose from the ephod. 39 “You shall skillfully weave the tu-
29 “So Aaron shall bear the names nic of fine linen thread, you shall
of the sons of Israel on the breast- make the turban of fine linen, and
plate of judgment over his heart, you shall make the sash of woven
when he g oes into the holy place, as a work.
memorial before the LORD continu- 40 “For Aaron’s sons you shall make
ally. tunics, and you shall make sashes for
30 And you shall put in the breast- them. And you shall make hats for
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41 So you shall put them on Aaron sashes, Aaron and his sons, and put
your brother and on his sons with the hats on them. The priesthood
him. You shall anoint them, consec- shall be theirs for a perpetual statute.
rate them, and sanctify them, that So you shall consecrate Aaron and his
they may minister to Me as priests. sons.
42 And you shall make for them lin - 10 “You shall also have the bull
en trousers to cover their nakedness; brought before the tabernacle of
they shall reach from the waist to the meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall
thighs. put their hands on the head of the
43 They shall be on Aaron and on bull.
his sons when they come into the 11 Then you shall kill the bull before
tabernacle of meeting, or when they the LORD, by the door of the taber -
come near the altar to minister in the nacle of meeting.
holy place, that they do not incur 12 You shall take some of the blood
iniquity and die. It shall be a statute of the bull and put it on the horns of
forever to him and his descendants the altar with your finger, and pour
after him. all the blood beside the base of the
altar.
CHAPTER 29 13 And you shall take all the fat that
1 “And this is what you shall do to covers the entrails, the fatty lobe at-
them to hallow them for ministering tached to the liver, and the two kid-
to Me as priests: Take one young bull neys and the fat that is on them, and
and two rams without blemish, burn them on the altar.
2 and unleavened bread, unleavened 14 But the flesh of the bull, with its
cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened skin and its offal, you shall burn with
wafers anointed with oil (you shall fire outside the camp. It is a sin of -
make them of wheat flour). fering.
3 You shall put them in one basket 15 “You shall also take one ram, and
and bring them in the basket, with Aaron and his sons shall put their
the bull and the two rams. hands on the head of the ram;
4 “And Aaron and his sons you shall 16 and you shall kill the ram, and
bring to the door of the tabernacle you shall take its blood and sprinkle
of meeting, and you shall wash them it all around on the altar.
with water. 17 Then you shall cut the ram in
5 Then you shall take the gar ments, pieces, wash its entrails and its legs,
put the tunic on Aaron, and the robe and put them with its pieces and with
of the ephod, the ephod, and the its head.
breastplate, and gird him with the in- 18 And you shall burn the whole ram
tricately woven band of the ephod. on the altar. It is a burnt offering to
6 You shall put the turban on his the LORD; it is a sweet aroma, an of-
head, and put the holy crown on the fering made by fire to the LORD.
turban. 19 “You shall also take the other
7 And you shall take the anointing ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put
oil, pour it on his head, and anoint their hands on the head of the ram.
him. 20 Then you shall kill the ram, and
8 Then you shall bring his sons and take some of its blood and put it on
put tunics on them. the tip of the right ear of Aaron and
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sons, on the thumb of their right sacrifices of their peace offerings,
hand and on the big toe of their right that is, their heave offering to the
foot, and sprinkle the blood all LORD.
around on the altar. 29 “And the holy gar ments of Aaron
21 And you shall take some of the shall be his sons’ after him, to be
blood that is on the altar, and some anointed in them and to be consec-
of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it rated in them.
on Aaron and on his gar ments, on his 30 That son who becomes priest in
sons and on the gar ments of his sons his place shall put them on for seven
with him; and he and his gar ments days, when he enters the tabernacle
shall be hallowed, and his sons and of meeting to minister in the holy
his sons’ gar ments with him. place.
22 “Also you shall take the fat of the 31 “And you shall take the ram of
ram, the fat tail, the fat that covers the consecration and boil its flesh in
the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the holy place.
the liver, the two kidneys and the fat 32 Then Aaron and his sons shall eat
on them, the right thigh (for it is a the flesh of the ram, and the bread
ram of consecration), that is in the basket, by the door of
23 one loaf of bread, one cake made the tabernacle of meeting.
with oil, and one wafer from the bas- 33 They shall eat those things with
ket of the unleavened bread that is which the atonement was made, to
before the LORD; consecrate and to sanctify them; but
24 and you shall put all these in the an outsider shall not eat them, be-
hands of Aaron and in the hands of cause they are holy.
his sons, and you shall wave them as 34 And if any of the flesh of the
a wave offering before the LORD. consecration offerings, or of the
25 You shall receive them back from bread, remains until the morning,
their hands and burn them on the al- then you shall burn the remainder
tar as a burnt offering, as a sweet with fire. It shall not be eaten, be -
aroma before the LORD. It is an of- cause it is holy.
fering made by fire to the LORD. 35 “Thus you shall do to Aaron and
26 “Then you shall take the breast his sons, according to all that I have
of the ram of Aaron’s consecration commanded you. Seven days you shall
and wave it as a wave offering before consecrate them.
the LORD; and it shall be your por - 36 And you shall offer a bull ever y
tion. day as a sin offering for atonement.
27 And from the ram of the consec- You shall cleanse the altar when you
ration you shall consecrate the breast make atonement for it, and you shall
of the wave offering which is waved, anoint it to sanctify it.
and the thigh of the heave offering 37 Seven days you shall make atone -
which is raised, of that which is for ment for the altar and sanctify it.
Aaron and of that which is for his And the altar shall be most holy.
sons. Whatever touches the altar must be
28 It shall be from the children of holy.
Israel for Aaron and his sons by a 38 “Now this is what you shall offer
statute forever. For it is a heave of- on the altar: two lambs of the first
fering; it shall be a heave offering year, day by day continually.
from the children of Israel from the 39 One lamb you shall offer in the

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morning, and the other lamb you sides, and they will be holders for the
shall offer at twilight. poles with which to bear it.
40 With the one lamb shall be one- 5 You shall make the poles of acacia
tenth of an ephah of flour mixed wood, and overlay them with g old.
with one-fourth of a hin of pressed 6 And you shall put it before the veil
oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine that is before the ark of the Testi-
as a drink offering. mony, before the mercy seat that is
41 And the other lamb you shall of- over the Testimony, where I will meet
fer at twilight; and you shall offer with you.
with it the g rain offering and the 7 “Aaron shall burn on it sweet in -
drink offering, as in the morning, for cense every morning; when he tends
a sweet aroma, an offering made by the lamps, he shall burn incense on
fire to the LORD. it.
42 This shall be a continual burnt 8 And when Aaron lights the lamps
offering throughout your generations at twilight, he shall burn incense on
at the door of the tabernacle of it, a perpetual incense before the
meeting before the LORD, where I LORD throughout your generations.
will meet you to speak with you. 9 You shall not offer strange incense
43 And there I will meet with the on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain
children of Israel, and the tabernacle offering; nor shall you pour a drink
shall be sanctified by My glory. offering on it.
44 So I will consecrate the taber - 10 And Aaron shall make atonement
nacle of meeting and the altar. I will upon its horns once a year with the
also consecrate both Aaron and his blood of the sin offering of atone-
sons to minister to Me as priests. ment; once a year he shall make
45 I will dwell among the children atonement upon it throughout your
of Israel and will be their God. generations. It is most holy to the
46 And they shall know that I am the LORD.”
LORD their God, who brought them 11 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
up out of the land of Eg ypt, that I saying:
may dwell among them. I am the 12 “When you take the census of the
LORD their God. children of Israel for their number,
then every man shall give a ransom
CHAPTER 30 for himself to the LORD, when you
1 “You shall make an altar to burn number them, that there may be no
incense on; you shall make it of aca- plague among them when you number
cia wood. them.
2 A cubit shall be its length and a 13 This is what everyone among
cubit its width—it shall be square— those who are numbered shall give:
and two cubits shall be its height. Its half a shekel according to the shekel
horns shall be of one piece with it. of the sanctuary (a shekel is twenty
3 And you shall overlay its top, its gerahs). The half-shekel shall be an
sides all around, and its horns with offering to the LORD.
pure g old; and you shall make for it a 14 Everyone included among those
molding of g old all around. who are numbered, from twenty years
4 Two g old rings you shall make for old and above, shall give an offering
it, under the molding on both its to the LORD.
sides. You shall place them on its two 15 The rich shall not give more and

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the poor shall not give less than half 26 With it you shall anoint the taber -
a shekel, when you give an offering to nacle of meeting and the ark of the
the LORD, to make atonement for Testimony;
yourselves. 27 the table and all its utensils, the
16 And you shall take the atonement lampstand and its utensils, and the al-
money of the children of Israel, and tar of incense;
shall appoint it for the ser vice of the 28 the altar of burnt offering with
tabernacle of meeting, that it may be all its utensils, and the laver and its
a memorial for the children of Israel base.
before the LORD, to make atonement 29 You shall consecrate them, that
for yourselves.” they may be most holy; whatever
17 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, touches them must be holy.
saying: 30 And you shall anoint Aaron and
18 “You shall also make a laver of his sons, and consecrate them, that
bronze, with its base also of bronze, they may minister to Me as priests.
for washing. You shall put it between 31 “And you shall speak to the chil-
the tabernacle of meeting and the al- dren of Israel, saying: “This shall be
tar. And you shall put water in it, a holy anointing oil to Me throughout
19 for Aaron and his sons shall wash your generations.
their hands and their feet in water 32 It shall not be poured on man’s
from it. flesh; nor shall you make any other
20 When they g o into the tabernacle like it, according to its composition.
of meeting, or when they come near It is holy, and it shall be holy to you.
the altar to minister, to burn an of- 33 Whoever compounds any like it,
fering made by fire to the LORD, or whoever puts any of it on an out-
they shall wash with water, lest they sider, shall be cut off from his
die. people.”‘
21 So they shall wash their hands 34 And the LORD said to Moses:
and their feet, lest they die. And it “Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha
shall be a statute forever to them—to and galbanum, and pure frankincense
him and his descendants throughout with these sweet spices; there shall be
their generations.” equal amounts of each.
22 Moreover the LORD spoke to 35 You shall make of these an in-
Moses, saying: cense, a compound according to the
23 “Also take for yourself quality art of the perfumer, salted, pure, and
spices—five hundred shekels of li- holy.
quid myrrh, half as much sweet- 36 And you shall beat some of it
smelling cinnamon (two hundred and very fine, and put some of it before
fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty the Testimony in the tabernacle of
shekels of sweet-smelling cane, meeting where I will meet with you.
24 five hundred shekels of cassia, It shall be most holy to you.
according to the shekel of the sanc- 37 But as for the incense which you
tuar y, and a hin of olive oil. shall make, you shall not make any
25 And you shall make from these a for yourselves, according to its com-
holy anointing oil, an ointment com- position. It shall be to you holy for
pounded according to the art of the the LORD.
perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing 38 Whoever makes any like it, to
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people.” LORD who sanctifies you.
14 You shall keep the Sabbath, there-
CHAPTER 31 fore, for it is holy to you. Ever yone
1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, who profanes it shall surely be put to
saying: death; for whoever does any work on
2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel it, that person shall be cut off from
the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of among his people.
the tribe of Judah. 15 Work shall be done for six days,
3 And I have filled him with the but the seventh is the Sabbath of
Spirit of God, in wisdom, in under- rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever
standing, in knowledge, and in all does any work on the Sabbath day, he
manner of workmanship, shall surely be put to death.
4 to design artistic works, to work in 16 Therefore the children of Israel
g old, in silver, in bronze, shall keep the Sabbath, to obser ve
5 in cutting jewels for setting, in the Sabbath throughout their genera-
car ving wood, and to work in all tions as a perpetual covenant.
manner of workmanship. 17 It is a sign between Me and the
6 “And I, indeed I, have appointed children of Israel forever; for in six
with him Aholiab the son of Ahis- days the LORD made the heavens
amach, of the tribe of Dan; and I and the earth, and on the seventh day
have put wisdom in the hearts of all He rested and was refreshed.”‘
the gifted artisans, that they may 18 And when He had made an end
make all that I have commanded you: of speaking with him on Mount Sinai,
7 the tabernacle of meeting, the ark He gave Moses two tablets of the
of the Testimony and the mercy seat Testimony, tablets of stone, written
that is on it, and all the furniture of with the finger of God.
the tabernacle—
8 the table and its utensils, the pure CHAPTER 32
g old lampstand with all its utensils, 1 Now when the people saw that
the altar of incense, Moses delayed coming down from the
9 the altar of burnt offering with all mountain, the people gathered to-
its utensils, and the laver and its base gether to Aaron, and said to him,
— “Come, make us g ods that shall g o
10 the gar ments of ministr y, the before us; for as for this Moses, the
holy gar ments for Aaron the priest man who brought us up out of the
and the gar ments of his sons, to min- land of Eg ypt, we do not know what
ister as priests, has become of him.”
11 and the anointing oil and sweet 2 And Aaron said to them, “Break
incense for the holy place. According off the g olden earrings which are in
to all that I have commanded you the ears of your wives, your sons, and
they shall do.” your daughters, and bring them to
12 And the LORD spoke to Moses, me.”
saying, 3 So all the people broke off the
13 “Speak also to the children of Is- g olden earrings which were in their
rael, saying: “Surely My Sabbaths you ears, and brought them to Aaron.
shall keep, for it is a sign between Me 4 And he received the g old from
and you throughout your generations, their hand, and he fashioned it with
that you may know that I am the an eng raving tool, and made a mol-

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ded calf. Then they said, “This is ants as the stars of heaven; and all
your g od, O Israel, that brought you this land that I have spoken of I give
out of the land of Eg ypt!” to your descendants, and they shall
5 So when Aaron saw it, he built an inherit it forever.”‘
altar before it. And Aaron made a 14 So the LORD relented from the
proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is har m which He said He would do to
a feast to the LORD.” His people.
6 Then they rose early on the next 15 And Moses turned and went down
day, offered burnt offerings, and from the mountain, and the two tab-
brought peace offerings; and the lets of the Testimony were in his
people sat down to eat and drink, and hand. The tablets were written on
rose up to play. both sides; on the one side and on
7 And the LORD said to Moses, the other they were written.
“Go, get down! For your people 16 Now the tablets were the work of
whom you brought out of the land of God, and the writing was the writing
Eg ypt have corr upted themselves. of God eng raved on the tablets.
8 They have turned aside quickly out 17 And when Joshua heard the noise
of the way which I commanded them. of the people as they shouted, he
They have made themselves a molded said to Moses, “There is a noise of
calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed war in the camp.”
to it, and said, “This is your g od, O 18 But he said: “It is not the noise
Israel, that brought you out of the of the shout of victory, Nor the
land of Eg ypt!”‘ noise of the cry of defeat, But the
9 And the LORD said to Moses, “I sound of singing I hear.”
have seen this people, and indeed it is 19 So it was, as soon as he came near
a stiff-necked people! the camp, that he saw the calf and
10 Now therefore, let Me alone, that the dancing. So Moses’ anger became
My wrath may burn hot against them hot, and he cast the tablets out of his
and I may consume them. And I will hands and broke them at the foot of
make of you a g reat nation.” the mountain.
11 Then Moses pleaded with the 20 Then he took the calf which they
LORD his God, and said: “LORD, had made, burned it in the fire, and
why does Your wrath burn hot g round it to powder; and he scattered
against Your people whom You have it on the water and made the children
brought out of the land of Eg ypt of Israel drink it.
with g reat power and with a mighty 21 And Moses said to Aaron, “What
hand? did this people do to you that you
12 Why should the Eg yptians speak, have brought so g reat a sin upon
and say, “He brought them out to them?”
har m them, to kill them in the moun- 22 So Aaron said, “Do not let the
tains, and to consume them from the anger of my lord become hot. You
face of the earth’? Turn from Your know the people, that they are set on
fierce wrath, and relent from this evil.
har m to Your people. 23 For they said to me, “Make us
13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and g ods that shall g o before us; as for
Israel, Your ser vants, to whom You this Moses, the man who brought us
swore by Your own self, and said to out of the land of Eg ypt, we do not
them, “I will multiply your descend- know what has become of him.’

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24 And I said to them, “Whoever people to the place of which I have
has any g old, let them break it off.’ spoken to you. Behold, My Angel
So they gave it to me, and I cast it shall g o before you. Nevertheless, in
into the fire, and this calf came out.” the day when I visit for punishment,
25 Now when Moses saw that the I will visit punishment upon them for
people were unrestrained (for Aaron their sin.”
had not restrained them, to their 35 So the LORD plagued the people
shame among their enemies), because of what they did with the
26 then Moses stood in the entrance calf which Aaron made.
of the camp, and said, “Whoever is
on the LORD’s side—come to me!” CHAPTER 33
And all the sons of Levi gathered 1 Then the LORD said to Moses,
themselves together to him. “Depart and g o up from here, you
27 And he said to them, “Thus says and the people whom you have
the LORD God of Israel: “Let every brought out of the land of Eg ypt, to
man put his sword on his side, and g o the land of which I swore to Abra -
in and out from entrance to entrance ham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, “To
throughout the camp, and let every your descendants I will give it.’
man kill his brother, every man his 2 And I will send My Angel before
companion, and every man his neigh- you, and I will drive out the Canaan-
bor.”‘ ite and the Amorite and the Hittite
28 So the sons of Levi did according and the Perizzite and the Hivite and
to the word of Moses. And about the Jebusite.
three thousand men of the people 3 Go up to a land flowing with milk
fell that day. and honey; for I will not g o up in
29 Then Moses said, “Consecrate your midst, lest I consume you on the
yourselves today to the LORD, that way, for you are a stiff-necked
He may bestow on you a blessing this people.”
day, for every man has opposed his 4 And when the people heard this
son and his brother.” bad news, they mourned, and no one
30 Now it came to pass on the next put on his ornaments.
day that Moses said to the people, 5 For the LORD had said to Moses,
“You have committed a g reat sin. So “Say to the children of Israel, “You
now I will g o up to the LORD; per- are a stiff-necked people. I could
haps I can make atonement for your come up into your midst in one mo-
sin.” ment and consume you. Now there-
31 Then Moses returned to the fore, take off your ornaments, that I
LORD and said, “Oh, these people may know what to do to you.”‘
have committed a great sin, and have 6 So the children of Israel stripped
made for themselves a g od of g old! themselves of their ornaments by
32 Yet now, if You will forgive their Mount Horeb.
sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out 7 Moses took his tent and pitched it
of Your book which You have writ- outside the camp, far from the camp,
ten.” and called it the tabernacle of meet-
33 And the LORD said to Moses, ing. And it came to pass that ever y-
“Whoever has sinned against Me, I one who sought the LORD went out
will blot him out of My book. to the tabernacle of meeting which
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8 So it was, whenever Moses went My sight, and I know you by name.”
out to the tabernacle, that all the 18 And he said, “Please, show me
people rose, and each man stood at Your glory.”
his tent door and watched Moses un- 19 Then He said, “I will make all My
til he had g one into the tabernacle. g oodness pass before you, and I will
9 And it came to pass, when Moses proclaim the name of the LORD be-
entered the tabernacle, that the pillar fore you. I will be g racious to whom
of cloud descended and stood at the I will be gracious, and I will have
door of the tabernacle, and the compassion on whom I will have
LORD talked with Moses. compassion.”
10 All the people saw the pillar of 20 But He said, “You cannot see My
cloud standing at the tabernacle door, face; for no man shall see Me, and
and all the people rose and wor- live.”
shiped, each man in his tent door. 21 And the LORD said, “Here is a
11 So the LORD spoke to Moses place by Me, and you shall stand on
face to face, as a man speaks to his the rock.
friend. And he would return to the 22 So it shall be, while My glor y
camp, but his ser vant Joshua the son passes by, that I will put you in the
of Nun, a young man, did not depart cleft of the rock, and will cover you
from the tabernacle. with My hand while I pass by.
12 Then Moses said to the LORD, 23 Then I will take away My hand,
“See, You say to me, “Bring up this and you shall see My back; but My
people.’ But You have not let me face shall not be seen.”
know whom You will send with me.
Yet You have said, “I know you by CHAPTER 34
name, and you have also found grace 1 And the LORD said to Moses,
in My sight.’ “Cut two tablets of stone like the
13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have first ones, and I will write on these
found g race in Your sight, show me tablets the words that were on the
now Your way, that I may know You first tablets which you broke.
and that I may find g race in Your 2 So be ready in the morning, and
sight. And consider that this nation is come up in the morning to Mount
Your people.” Sinai, and present yourself to Me
14 And He said, “My Presence will there on the top of the mountain.
g o with you, and I will give you rest.” 3 And no man shall come up with
15 Then he said to Him, “If Your you, and let no man be seen through-
Presence does not g o with us, do not out all the mountain; let neither
bring us up from here. flocks nor herds feed before that
16 For how then will it be known mountain.”
that Your people and I have found 4 So he cut two tablets of stone like
g race in Your sight, except You g o the first ones. Then Moses rose early
with us? So we shall be separate, in the morning and went up Mount
Your people and I, from all the Sinai, as the LORD had commanded
people who are upon the face of the him; and he took in his hand the two
earth.” tablets of stone.
17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I 5 Now the LORD descended in the
will also do this thing that you have cloud and stood with him there, and
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6 And the LORD passed before him the harlot with their g ods and make
and proclaimed, “The LORD, the sacrifice to their g ods, and one of
LORD God, merciful and g racious, them invites you and you eat of his
longsuffering, and abounding in sacrifice,
g oodness and tr uth, 16 and you take of his daughters for
7 keeping mercy for thousands, for- your sons, and his daughters play the
giving iniquity and transg ression and harlot with their g ods and make your
sin, by no means clearing the guilty, sons play the harlot with their g ods.
visiting the iniquity of the fathers 17 “You shall make no molded g ods
upon the children and the children’s for yourselves.
children to the third and the fourth 18 “The Feast of Unleavened Bread
generation.” you shall keep. Seven days you shall
8 So Moses made haste and bowed eat unleavened bread, as I com-
his head toward the earth, and wor- manded you, in the appointed time of
shiped. the month of Abib; for in the month
9 Then he said, “If now I have of Abib you came out from Eg ypt.
found g race in Your sight, O Lord, 19 “All that open the womb are
let my Lord, I pray, g o among us, Mine, and every male firstbor n
even though we are a stiff-necked among your livestock, whether ox or
people; and pardon our iniquity and sheep.
our sin, and take us as Your inherit- 20 But the firstborn of a donkey you
ance.” shall redeem with a lamb. And if you
10 And He said: “Behold, I make a will not redeem him, then you shall
covenant. Before all your people I break his neck. All the firstborn of
will do mar vels such as have not been your sons you shall redeem. “And
done in all the earth, nor in any na - none shall appear before Me empty-
tion; and all the people among whom handed.
you are shall see the work of the 21 “Six days you shall work, but on
LORD. For it is an awesome thing the seventh day you shall rest; in
that I will do with you. plowing time and in har vest you shall
11 Obser ve what I command you this rest.
day. Behold, I am driving out from 22 “And you shall obser ve the Feast
before you the Amorite and the of Weeks, of the firstfr uits of wheat
Canaanite and the Hittite and the har vest, and the Feast of Ingathering
Perizzite and the Hivite and the Je- at the year’s end.
busite. 23 “Three times in the year all your
12 Take heed to yourself, lest you men shall appear before the Lord, the
make a covenant with the inhabitants LORD God of Israel.
of the land where you are g oing, lest 24 For I will cast out the nations be-
it be a snare in your midst. fore you and enlarge your borders;
13 But you shall destroy their altars, neither will any man covet your land
break their sacred pillars, and cut when you g o up to appear before the
down their wooden images LORD your God three times in the
14 (for you shall worship no other year.
g od, for the LORD, whose name is 25 “You shall not offer the blood of
Jealous, is a jealous God), My sacrifice with leaven, nor shall the
15 lest you make a covenant with the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover
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26 “The first of the firstfr uits of Him.
your land you shall bring to the house
of the LORD your God. You shall CHAPTER 35
not boil a young g oat in its mother’s 1 Then Moses gathered all the con-
milk.” g regation of the children of Israel
27 Then the LORD said to Moses, together, and said to them, “These
“Write these words, for according to are the words which the LORD has
the tenor of these words I have made commanded you to do:
a covenant with you and with Israel.” 2 Work shall be done for six days,
28 So he was there with the LORD but the seventh day shall be a holy
forty days and forty nights; he day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the
neither ate bread nor drank water. LORD. Whoever does any work on it
And He wrote on the tablets the shall be put to death.
words of the covenant, the Ten Com- 3 You shall kindle no fire through-
mandments. out your dwellings on the Sabbath
29 Now it was so, when Moses came day.”
down from Mount Sinai (and the two 4 And Moses spoke to all the con-
tablets of the Testimony were in g regation of the children of Israel,
Moses’ hand when he came down saying, “This is the thing which the
from the mountain), that Moses did LORD commanded, saying:
not know that the skin of his face 5 “Take from among you an offering
shone while he talked with Him. to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing
30 So when Aaron and all the chil- heart, let him bring it as an offering
dren of Israel saw Moses, behold, the to the LORD: g old, silver, and
skin of his face shone, and they were bronze;
afraid to come near him. 6 blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
31 Then Moses called to them, and fine linen, and g oats’ hair;
Aaron and all the rulers of the con- 7 ram skins dyed red, badger skins,
g regation returned to him; and Moses and acacia wood;
talked with them. 8 oil for the light, and spices for the
32 Afterward all the children of Is- anointing oil and for the sweet in-
rael came near, and he gave them as cense;
commandments all that the LORD 9 onyx stones, and stones to be set
had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. in the ephod and in the breastplate.
33 And when Moses had finished 10 “All who are gifted artisans
speaking with them, he put a veil on among you shall come and make all
his face. that the LORD has commanded:
34 But whenever Moses went in be- 11 the tabernacle, its tent, its cover-
fore the LORD to speak with Him, ing, its clasps, its boards, its bars, its
he would take the veil off until he pillars, and its sockets;
came out; and he would come out and 12 the ark and its poles, with the
speak to the children of Israel mercy seat, and the veil of the cover-
whatever he had been commanded. ing;
35 And whenever the children of Is- 13 the table and its poles, all its
rael saw the face of Moses, that the utensils, and the showbread;
skin of Moses’ face shone, then 14 also the lampstand for the light,
Moses would put the veil on his face its utensils, its lamps, and the oil for
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15 the incense altar, its poles, the stirred with wisdom spun yarn of
anointing oil, the sweet incense, and g oats’ hair.
the screen for the door at the en- 27 The rulers brought onyx stones,
trance of the tabernacle; and the stones to be set in the ephod
16 the altar of burnt offering with and in the breastplate,
its bronze grating, its poles, all its 28 and spices and oil for the light,
utensils, and the laver and its base; for the anointing oil, and for the
17 the hangings of the court, its pil- sweet incense.
lars, their sockets, and the screen for 29 The children of Israel brought a
the gate of the court; freewill offering to the LORD, all the
18 the pegs of the tabernacle, the men and women whose hearts were
pegs of the court, and their cords; willing to bring material for all kinds
19 the gar ments of ministr y, for of work which the LORD, by the
ministering in the holy place—the hand of Moses, had commanded to
holy gar ments for Aaron the priest be done.
and the gar ments of his sons, to min- 30 And Moses said to the children
ister as priests.”‘ of Israel, “See, the LORD has called
20 And all the cong regation of the by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the
children of Israel departed from the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
presence of Moses. 31 and He has filled him with the
21 Then ever yone came whose heart Spirit of God, in wisdom and under-
was stir red, and ever yone whose spir- standing, in knowledge and all man-
it was willing, and they brought the ner of workmanship,
LORD’s offering for the work of the 32 to design artistic works, to work
tabernacle of meeting, for all its ser - in g old and silver and bronze,
vice, and for the holy gar ments. 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in
22 They came, both men and women, car ving wood, and to work in all
as many as had a willing heart, and manner of artistic workmanship.
brought earrings and nose rings, rings 34 “And He has put in his heart the
and necklaces, all jewelry of g old, ability to teach, in him and Aholiab
that is, every man who made an offer- the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe
ing of g old to the LORD. of Dan.
23 And every man, with whom was 35 He has filled them with skill to
found blue, purple, and scarlet do all manner of work of the en-
thread, fine linen, g oats’ hair, red g raver and the designer and the
skins of rams, and badger skins, tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and
brought them. scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of
24 Everyone who offered an offering the weaver—those who do ever y
of silver or bronze brought the work and those who design artistic
LORD’s offering. And everyone with works.
whom was found acacia wood for any
work of the ser vice, brought it. CHAPTER 36
25 All the women who were gifted 1 “And Bezalel and Aholiab, and
artisans spun yarn with their hands, every gifted artisan in whom the
and brought what they had spun, of LORD has put wisdom and under-
blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine lin- standing, to know how to do all man-
en. ner of work for the ser vice of the
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that the LORD has commanded.” tain of the second set.
2 Then Moses called Bezalel and 12 Fifty loops he made on one cur -
Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in tain, and fifty loops he made on the
whose heart the LORD had put wis- edge of the curtain on the end of the
dom, ever yone whose heart was second set; the loops held one cur -
stir red, to come and do the work. tain to another.
3 And they received from Moses all 13 And he made fifty clasps of g old,
the offering which the children of Is- and coupled the curtains to one an-
rael had brought for the work of the other with the clasps, that it might be
ser vice of making the sanctuary. So one tabernacle.
they continued bringing to him 14 He made curtains of g oats’ hair
freewill offerings every morning. for the tent over the tabernacle; he
4 Then all the craftsmen who were made eleven curtains.
doing all the work of the sanctuary 15 The length of each curtain was
came, each from the work he was do- thirty cubits, and the width of each
ing, curtain four cubits; the eleven cur-
5 and they spoke to Moses, saying, tains were the same size.
“The people bring much more than 16 He coupled five curtains by them-
enough for the ser vice of the work selves and six curtains by themselves.
which the LORD commanded us to 17 And he made fifty loops on the
do.” edge of the curtain that is outer most
6 So Moses gave a commandment, in one set, and fifty loops he made
and they caused it to be proclaimed on the edge of the curtain of the
throughout the camp, saying, “Let second set.
neither man nor woman do any more 18 He also made fifty bronze clasps
work for the offering of the sanctu- to couple the tent together, that it
ar y.” And the people were restrained might be one.
from bringing, 19 Then he made a covering for the
7 for the material they had was suffi- tent of ram skins dyed red, and a
cient for all the work to be done—in- covering of badger skins above that.
deed too much. 20 For the tabernacle he made
8 Then all the gifted artisans among boards of acacia wood, standing up-
them who worked on the tabernacle right.
made ten curtains woven of fine lin- 21 The length of each board was ten
en, and of blue, purple, and scarlet cubits, and the width of each board a
thread; with artistic designs of cher - cubit and a half.
ubim they made them. 22 Each board had two tenons for
9 The length of each curtain was binding one to another. Thus he
twenty-eight cubits, and the width of made for all the boards of the taber -
each curtain four cubits; the curtains nacle.
were all the same size. 23 And he made boards for the tab-
10 And he coupled five curtains to ernacle, twenty boards for the south
one another, and the other five cur - side.
tains he coupled to one another. 24 Forty sockets of silver he made
11 He made loops of blue yarn on to g o under the twenty boards: two
the edge of the curtain on the sockets under each of the boards for
selvedge of one set; likewise he did its two tenons.
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ernacle, the north side, he made
twenty boards CHAPTER 37
26 and their forty sockets of silver: 1 Then Bezalel made the ark of aca-
two sockets under each of the cia wood; two and a half cubits was
boards. its length, a cubit and a half its
27 For the west side of the taber - width, and a cubit and a half its
nacle he made six boards. height.
28 He also made two boards for the 2 He overlaid it with pure g old in-
two back corners of the tabernacle. side and outside, and made a molding
29 And they were coupled at the of g old all around it.
bottom and coupled together at the 3 And he cast for it four rings of
top by one ring. Thus he made both g old to be set in its four corners: two
of them for the two corners. rings on one side, and two rings on
30 So there were eight boards and the other side of it.
their sockets—sixteen sockets of sil- 4 He made poles of acacia wood,
ver—two sockets under each of the and overlaid them with g old.
boards. 5 And he put the poles into the rings
31 And he made bars of acacia at the sides of the ark, to bear the
wood: five for the boards on one side ark.
of the tabernacle, 6 He also made the mercy seat of
32 five bars for the boards on the pure g old; two and a half cubits was
other side of the tabernacle, and five its length and a cubit and a half its
bars for the boards of the tabernacle width.
on the far side westward. 7 He made two cher ubim of beaten
33 And he made the middle bar to g old; he made them of one piece at
pass through the boards from one the two ends of the mercy seat:
end to the other. 8 one cher ub at one end on this side,
34 He overlaid the boards with g old, and the other cher ub at the other end
made their rings of g old to be hold- on that side. He made the cher ubim
ers for the bars, and overlaid the bars at the two ends of one piece with the
with g old. mercy seat.
35 And he made a veil of blue, 9 The cher ubim spread out their
purple, and scarlet thread, and fine wings above, and covered the mercy
woven linen; it was worked with an seat with their wings. They faced one
artistic design of cher ubim. another; the faces of the cher ubim
36 He made for it four pillars of were toward the mercy seat.
acacia wood, and overlaid them with 10 He made the table of acacia
g old, with their hooks of g old; and wood; two cubits was its length, a cu-
he cast four sockets of silver for bit its width, and a cubit and a half
them. its height.
37 He also made a screen for the 11 And he overlaid it with pure g old,
tabernacle door, of blue, purple, and and made a molding of g old all
scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, around it.
made by a weaver, 12 Also he made a frame of a hand-
38 and its five pillars with their breadth all around it, and made a
hooks. And he overlaid their capitals molding of g old for the frame all
and their rings with g old, but their around it.
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g old, and put the rings on the four it, with all its utensils.
cor ners that were at its four legs. 25 He made the incense altar of aca-
14 The rings were close to the frame, cia wood. Its length was a cubit and
as holders for the poles to bear the its width a cubit—it was square—and
table. two cubits was its height. Its horns
15 And he made the poles of acacia were of one piece with it.
wood to bear the table, and overlaid 26 And he overlaid it with pure g old:
them with g old. its top, its sides all around, and its
16 He made of pure g old the horns. He also made for it a molding
utensils which were on the table: its of g old all around it.
dishes, its cups, its bowls, and its 27 He made two rings of g old for it
pitchers for pouring. under its molding, by its two corners
17 He also made the lampstand of on both sides, as holders for the
pure g old; of hammered work he poles with which to bear it.
made the lampstand. Its shaft, its 28 And he made the poles of acacia
branches, its bowls, its ornamental wood, and overlaid them with g old.
knobs, and its flowers were of the 29 He also made the holy anointing
same piece. oil and the pure incense of sweet
18 And six branches came out of its spices, according to the work of the
sides: three branches of the lamp- perfumer.
stand out of one side, and three
branches of the lampstand out of the CHAPTER 38
other side. 1 He made the altar of burnt offer-
19 There were three bowls made like ing of acacia wood; five cubits was
almond blossoms on one branch, its length and five cubits its width—it
with an ornamental knob and a was square—and its height was three
flower, and three bowls made like al- cubits.
mond blossoms on the other branch, 2 He made its horns on its four
with an ornamental knob and a corners; the horns were of one piece
flower—and so for the six branches with it. And he overlaid it with
coming out of the lampstand. bronze.
20 And on the lampstand itself were 3 He made all the utensils for the al-
four bowls made like almond blos- tar: the pans, the shovels, the basins,
soms, each with its ornamental knob the forks, and the firepans; all its
and flower. utensils he made of bronze.
21 There was a knob under the first 4 And he made a grate of bronze
two branches of the same, a knob un- network for the altar, under its rim,
der the second two branches of the midway from the bottom.
same, and a knob under the third two 5 He cast four rings for the four
branches of the same, according to corners of the bronze g rating, as
the six branches extending from it. holders for the poles.
22 Their knobs and their branches 6 And he made the poles of acacia
were of one piece; all of it was one wood, and overlaid them with bronze.
hammered piece of pure g old. 7 Then he put the poles into the
23 And he made its seven lamps, its rings on the sides of the altar, with
wick-trimmers, and its trays of pure which to bear it. He made the altar
g old. hollow with boards.
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its base of bronze, from the bronze 19 And there were four pillars with
mir rors of the ser ving women who their four sockets of bronze; their
assembled at the door of the taber - hooks were silver, and the overlay of
nacle of meeting. their capitals and their bands was sil-
9 Then he made the court on the ver.
south side; the hangings of the court 20 All the pegs of the tabernacle,
were of fine woven linen, one hun- and of the court all around, were
dred cubits long. bronze.
10 There were twenty pillars for 21 This is the inventory of the tab -
them, with twenty bronze sockets. ernacle, the tabernacle of the Testi-
The hooks of the pillars and their mony, which was counted according
bands were silver. to the commandment of Moses, for
11 On the north side the hangings the ser vice of the Levites, by the
were one hundred cubits long, with hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron the
twenty pillars and their twenty bronze priest.
sockets. The hooks of the pillars and 22 Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of
their bands were silver. Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all
12 And on the west side there were that the LORD had commanded
hangings of fifty cubits, with ten pil- Moses.
lars and their ten sockets. The hooks 23 And with him was Aholiab the
of the pillars and their bands were son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of
silver. Dan, an eng raver and designer, a
13 For the east side the hangings weaver of blue, purple, and scarlet
were fifty cubits. thread, and of fine linen.
14 The hangings of one side of the 24 All the g old that was used in all
gate were fifteen cubits long, with the work of the holy place, that is,
their three pillars and their three the g old of the offering, was twenty-
sockets, nine talents and seven hundred and
15 and the same for the other side thirty shekels, according to the shekel
of the court gate; on this side and of the sanctuar y.
that were hangings of fifteen cubits, 25 And the silver from those who
with their three pillars and their three were numbered of the cong regation
sockets. was one hundred talents and one
16 All the hangings of the court all thousand seven hundred and seventy-
around were of fine woven linen. five shekels, according to the shekel
17 The sockets for the pillars were of the sanctuary:
bronze, the hooks of the pillars and 26 a bekah for each man (that is,
their bands were silver, and the over- half a shekel, according to the shekel
lay of their capitals was silver; and all of the sanctuary), for everyone in-
the pillars of the court had bands of cluded in the numbering from twenty
silver. years old and above, for six hundred
18 The screen for the gate of the and three thousand, five hundred and
court was woven of blue, purple, and fifty men.
scarlet thread, and of fine woven lin- 27 And from the hundred talents of
en. The length was twenty cubits, and silver were cast the sockets of the
the height along its width was five sanctuary and the bases of the veil:
cubits, corresponding to the hangings one hundred sockets from the hun-
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et. the ephod as memorial stones for the
28 Then from the one thousand sev- sons of Israel, as the LORD had
en hundred and seventy-five shekels commanded Moses.
he made hooks for the pillars, over- 8 And he made the breastplate,
laid their capitals, and made bands artistically woven like the workman-
for them. ship of the ephod, of g old, blue,
29 The offering of bronze was sev- purple, and scarlet thread, and of
enty talents and two thousand four fine woven linen.
hundred shekels. 9 They made the breastplate square
30 And with it he made the sockets by doubling it; a span was its length
for the door of the tabernacle of and a span its width when doubled.
meeting, the bronze altar, the bronze 10 And they set in it four rows of
g rating for it, and all the utensils for stones: a row with a sardius, a topaz,
the altar, and an emerald was the first row;
31 the sockets for the court all 11 the second row, a turquoise, a
around, the bases for the court gate, sapphire, and a diamond;
all the pegs for the tabernacle, and all 12 the third row, a jacinth, an agate,
the pegs for the court all around. and an amethyst;
13 the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx,
CHAPTER 39 and a jasper. They were enclosed in
1 Of the blue, purple, and scarlet settings of g old in their mountings.
thread they made gar ments of min- 14 There were twelve stones accord-
istr y, for ministering in the holy ing to the names of the sons of Is-
place, and made the holy gar ments rael: according to their names, en-
for Aaron, as the LORD had com- g raved like a signet, each one with its
manded Moses. own name according to the twelve
2 He made the ephod of g old, blue, tribes.
purple, and scarlet thread, and of 15 And they made chains for the
fine woven linen. breastplate at the ends, like braided
3 And they beat the g old into thin cords of pure g old.
sheets and cut it into threads, to 16 They also made two settings of
work it in with the blue, purple, and g old and two g old rings, and put the
scarlet thread, and the fine linen, into two rings on the two ends of the
artistic designs. breastplate.
4 They made shoulder straps for it 17 And they put the two braided
to couple it together; it was coupled chains of g old in the two rings on
together at its two edges. the ends of the breastplate.
5 And the intricately woven band of 18 The two ends of the two braided
his ephod that was on it was of the chains they fastened in the two set-
same workmanship, woven of g old, tings, and put them on the shoulder
blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and straps of the ephod in the front.
of fine woven linen, as the LORD 19 And they made two rings of g old
had commanded Moses. and put them on the two ends of the
6 And they set onyx stones, enclosed breastplate, on the edge of it, which
in settings of g old; they were en- was on the inward side of the ephod.
g raved, as signets are eng raved, with 20 They made two other g old rings
the names of the sons of Israel. and put them on the two shoulder
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its front, right at the seam above the ished. And the children of Israel did
intricately woven band of the ephod. according to all that the LORD had
21 And they bound the breastplate commanded Moses; so they did.
by means of its rings to the rings of 33 And they brought the tabernacle
the ephod with a blue cord, so that it to Moses, the tent and all its furnish-
would be above the intricately woven ings: its clasps, its boards, its bars, its
band of the ephod, and that the pillars, and its sockets;
breastplate would not come loose 34 the covering of ram skins dyed
from the ephod, as the LORD had red, the covering of badger skins,
commanded Moses. and the veil of the covering;
22 He made the robe of the ephod 35 the ark of the Testimony with its
of woven work, all of blue. poles, and the mercy seat;
23 And there was an opening in the 36 the table, all its utensils, and the
middle of the robe, like the opening showbread;
in a coat of mail, with a woven bind- 37 the pure g old lampstand with its
ing all around the opening, so that it lamps (the lamps set in order), all its
would not tear. utensils, and the oil for light;
24 They made on the hem of the 38 the g old altar, the anointing oil,
robe pomeg ranates of blue, purple, and the sweet incense; the screen for
and scarlet, and of fine woven linen. the tabernacle door;
25 And they made bells of pure 39 the bronze altar, its grate of
g old, and put the bells between the bronze, its poles, and all its utensils;
pomeg ranates on the hem of the robe the laver with its base;
all around between the pomeg ranates: 40 the hangings of the court, its pil-
26 a bell and a pomeg ranate, a bell lars and its sockets, the screen for the
and a pomeg ranate, all around the court gate, its cords, and its pegs; all
hem of the robe to minister in, as the the utensils for the ser vice of the
LORD had commanded Moses. tabernacle, for the tent of meeting;
27 They made tunics, artistically 41 and the gar ments of ministr y, to
woven of fine linen, for Aaron and minister in the holy place: the holy
his sons, gar ments for Aaron the priest, and
28 a turban of fine linen, exquisite his sons’ gar ments, to minister as
hats of fine linen, short trousers of priests.
fine woven linen, 42 According to all that the LORD
29 and a sash of fine woven linen had commanded Moses, so the chil-
with blue, purple, and scarlet thread, dren of Israel did all the work.
made by a weaver, as the LORD had 43 Then Moses looked over all the
commanded Moses. work, and indeed they had done it; as
30 Then they made the plate of the the LORD had commanded, just so
holy crown of pure g old, and wrote they had done it. And Moses blessed
on it an inscription like the eng raving them.
of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE
LORD. CHAPTER 40
31 And they tied to it a blue cord, to 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
fasten it above on the turban, as the saying:
LORD had commanded Moses. 2 “On the first day of the first
32 Thus all the work of the taber - month you shall set up the tabernacle
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3 You shall put in it the ark of the that the LORD had commanded him,
Testimony, and partition off the ark so he did.
with the veil. 17 And it came to pass in the first
4 You shall bring in the table and ar - month of the second year, on the
range the things that are to be set in first day of the month, that the tab-
order on it; and you shall bring in the ernacle was raised up.
lampstand and light its lamps. 18 So Moses raised up the taber -
5 You shall also set the altar of g old nacle, fastened its sockets, set up its
for the incense before the ark of the boards, put in its bars, and raised up
Testimony, and put up the screen for its pillars.
the door of the tabernacle. 19 And he spread out the tent over
6 Then you shall set the altar of the the tabernacle and put the covering
burnt offering before the door of the of the tent on top of it, as the
tabernacle of the tent of meeting. LORD had commanded Moses.
7 And you shall set the laver 20 He took the Testimony and put it
between the tabernacle of meeting into the ark, inserted the poles
and the altar, and put water in it. through the rings of the ark, and put
8 You shall set up the court all the mercy seat on top of the ark.
around, and hang up the screen at the 21 And he brought the ark into the
court gate. tabernacle, hung up the veil of the
9 “And you shall take the anointing covering, and partitioned off the ark
oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all of the Testimony, as the LORD had
that is in it; and you shall hallow it commanded Moses.
and all its utensils, and it shall be 22 He put the table in the tabernacle
holy. of meeting, on the north side of the
10 You shall anoint the altar of the tabernacle, outside the veil;
burnt offering and all its utensils, and 23 and he set the bread in order
consecrate the altar. The altar shall upon it before the LORD, as the
be most holy. LORD had commanded Moses.
11 And you shall anoint the laver and 24 He put the lampstand in the tab-
its base, and consecrate it. ernacle of meeting, across from the
12 “Then you shall bring Aaron and table, on the south side of the taber -
his sons to the door of the tabernacle nacle;
of meeting and wash them with wa- 25 and he lit the lamps before the
ter. LORD, as the LORD had commanded
13 You shall put the holy gar ments Moses.
on Aaron, and anoint him and con- 26 He put the g old altar in the taber -
secrate him, that he may minister to nacle of meeting in front of the veil;
Me as priest. 27 and he burned sweet incense on
14 And you shall bring his sons and it, as the LORD had commanded
clothe them with tunics. Moses.
15 You shall anoint them, as you 28 He hung up the screen at the
anointed their father, that they may door of the tabernacle.
minister to Me as priests; for their 29 And he put the altar of burnt of -
anointing shall surely be an everlast- fering before the door of the taber -
ing priesthood throughout their gen- nacle of the tent of meeting, and
erations.” offered upon it the burnt offering
16 Thus Moses did; according to all and the grain offering, as the LORD

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had commanded Moses.
30 He set the laver between the tab-
ernacle of meeting and the altar, and
put water there for washing;
31 and Moses, Aaron, and his sons
would wash their hands and their feet
with water from it.
32 Whenever they went into the tab-
ernacle of meeting, and when they
came near the altar, they washed, as
the LORD had commanded Moses.
33 And he raised up the court all
around the tabernacle and the altar,
and hung up the screen of the court
gate. So Moses finished the work.
34 Then the cloud covered the taber -
nacle of meeting, and the glory of
the LORD filled the tabernacle.
35 And Moses was not able to enter
the tabernacle of meeting, because
the cloud rested above it, and the
glor y of the LORD filled the taber -
nacle.
36 Whenever the cloud was taken up
from above the tabernacle, the chil-
dren of Israel would g o onward in all
their journeys.
37 But if the cloud was not taken
up, then they did not journey till the
day that it was taken up.
38 For the cloud of the LORD was
above the tabernacle by day, and fire
was over it by night, in the sight of
all the house of Israel, throughout all
their journeys.

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LEVITICUS
CHAPTER 1 burnt sacrifice, he shall bring a male
1 Now the LORD called to Moses, without blemish.
and spoke to him from the tabernacle 11 He shall kill it on the north side
of meeting, saying, of the altar before the LORD; and
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall
and say to them: “When any one of sprinkle its blood all around on the
you brings an offering to the LORD, altar.
you shall bring your offering of the 12 And he shall cut it into its pieces,
livestock—of the herd and of the with its head and its fat; and the
flock. priest shall lay them in order on the
3 “If his offering is a burnt sacrifice wood that is on the fire upon the al-
of the herd, let him offer a male tar;
without blemish; he shall offer it of 13 but he shall wash the entrails and
his own free will at the door of the the legs with water. Then the priest
tabernacle of meeting before the shall bring it all and burn it on the al-
LORD. tar; it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering
4 Then he shall put his hand on the made by fire, a sweet aroma to the
head of the burnt offering, and it will LORD.
be accepted on his behalf to make 14 “And if the burnt sacrifice of his
atonement for him. offering to the LORD is of birds,
5 He shall kill the bull before the then he shall bring his offering of
LORD; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, turtledoves or young pigeons.
shall bring the blood and sprinkle the 15 The priest shall bring it to the al-
blood all around on the altar that is tar, wring off its head, and burn it on
by the door of the tabernacle of the altar; its blood shall be drained
meeting. out at the side of the altar.
6 And he shall skin the burnt offer- 16 And he shall remove its crop with
ing and cut it into its pieces. its feathers and cast it beside the al-
7 The sons of Aaron the priest shall tar on the east side, into the place for
put fire on the altar, and lay the wood ashes.
in order on the fire. 17 Then he shall split it at its wings,
8 Then the priests, Aaron’s sons, but shall not divide it completely; and
shall lay the parts, the head, and the the priest shall burn it on the altar,
fat in order on the wood that is on on the wood that is on the fire. It is a
the fire upon the altar; burnt sacrifice, an offering made by
9 but he shall wash its entrails and fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.
its legs with water. And the priest
shall burn all on the altar as a burnt CHAPTER 2
sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a 1 “When anyone offers a g rain offer-
sweet aroma to the LORD. ing to the LORD, his offering shall
10 “If his offering is of the flocks— be of fine flour. And he shall pour
of the sheep or of the g oats—as a oil on it, and put frankincense on it.

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2 He shall bring it to Aaron’s sons, 13 And every offering of your grain


the priests, one of whom shall take offering you shall season with salt;
from it his handful of fine flour and you shall not allow the salt of the
oil with all the frankincense. And the covenant of your God to be lacking
priest shall burn it as a memorial on from your g rain offering. With all
the altar, an offering made by fire, a your offerings you shall offer salt.
sweet aroma to the LORD. 14 “If you offer a g rain offering of
3 The rest of the g rain offering shall your firstfr uits to the LORD, you
be Aaron’s and his sons’. It is most shall offer for the g rain offering of
holy of the offerings to the LORD your firstfr uits g reen heads of grain
made by fire. roasted on the fire, grain beaten from
4 “And if you bring as an offering a full heads.
g rain offering baked in the oven, it 15 And you shall put oil on it, and
shall be unleavened cakes of fine lay frankincense on it. It is a g rain
flour mixed with oil, or unleavened offering.
wafers anointed with oil. 16 Then the priest shall burn the
5 But if your offering is a g rain of- memorial portion: part of its beaten
fering baked in a pan, it shall be of g rain and part of its oil, with all the
fine flour, unleavened, mixed with frankincense, as an offering made by
oil. fire to the LORD.
6 You shall break it in pieces and
pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. CHAPTER 3
7 “If your offering is a g rain offer- 1 “When his offering is a sacrifice of
ing baked in a covered pan, it shall be a peace offering, if he offers it of the
made of fine flour with oil. herd, whether male or female, he
8 You shall bring the grain offering shall offer it without blemish before
that is made of these things to the the LORD.
LORD. And when it is presented to 2 And he shall lay his hand on the
the priest, he shall bring it to the al- head of his offering, and kill it at the
tar. door of the tabernacle of meeting;
9 Then the priest shall take from the and Aaron’s sons, the priests, shall
g rain offering a memorial portion, sprinkle the blood all around on the
and burn it on the altar. It is an of - altar.
fering made by fire, a sweet aroma to 3 Then he shall offer from the sacri-
the LORD. fice of the peace offering an offering
10 And what is left of the grain of - made by fire to the LORD. The fat
fering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’. that covers the entrails and all the fat
It is most holy of the offerings to the that is on the entrails,
LORD made by fire. 4 the two kidneys and the fat that is
11 “No g rain offering which you on them by the flanks, and the fatty
bring to the LORD shall be made lobe attached to the liver above the
with leaven, for you shall burn no kidneys, he shall remove;
leaven nor any honey in any offering 5 and Aaron’s sons shall burn it on
to the LORD made by fire. the altar upon the burnt sacrifice,
12 As for the offering of the first- which is on the wood that is on the
fr uits, you shall offer them to the fire, as an offering made by fire, a
LORD, but they shall not be burned sweet aroma to the LORD.
on the altar for a sweet aroma. 6 “If his offering as a sacrifice of a

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peace offering to the LORD is of the your dwellings: you shall eat neither
flock, whether male or female, he fat nor blood.”‘
shall offer it without blemish.
7 If he offers a lamb as his offering, CHAPTER 4
then he shall offer it before the 1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses,
LORD. saying,
8 And he shall lay his hand on the 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
head of his offering, and kill it be- saying: “If a person sins unintention-
fore the tabernacle of meeting; and ally against any of the command-
Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle its blood ments of the LORD in anything
all around on the altar. which ought not to be done, and does
9 “Then he shall offer from the sac- any of them,
rifice of the peace offering, as an of- 3 if the anointed priest sins, bring-
fering made by fire to the LORD, its ing guilt on the people, then let him
fat and the whole fat tail which he offer to the LORD for his sin which
shall remove close to the backbone. he has sinned a young bull without
And the fat that covers the entrails blemish as a sin offering.
and all the fat that is on the entrails, 4 He shall bring the bull to the door
10 the two kidneys and the fat that is of the tabernacle of meeting before
on them by the flanks, and the fatty the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s
lobe attached to the liver above the head, and kill the bull before the
kidneys, he shall remove; LORD.
11 and the priest shall burn them on 5 Then the anointed priest shall take
the altar as food, an offering made by some of the bull’s blood and bring it
fire to the LORD. to the tabernacle of meeting.
12 “And if his offering is a g oat, 6 The priest shall dip his finger in
then he shall offer it before the the blood and sprinkle some of the
LORD. blood seven times before the LORD,
13 He shall lay his hand on its head in front of the veil of the sanctuary.
and kill it before the tabernacle of 7 And the priest shall put some of
meeting; and the sons of Aaron shall the blood on the horns of the altar
sprinkle its blood all around on the of sweet incense before the LORD,
altar. which is in the tabernacle of meeting;
14 Then he shall offer from it his of- and he shall pour the remaining
fering, as an offering made by fire to blood of the bull at the base of the
the LORD. The fat that covers the altar of the burnt offering, which is
entrails and all the fat that is on the at the door of the tabernacle of
entrails, meeting.
15 the two kidneys and the fat that is 8 He shall take from it all the fat of
on them by the flanks, and the fatty the bull as the sin offering. The fat
lobe attached to the liver above the that covers the entrails and all the fat
kidneys, he shall remove; which is on the entrails,
16 and the priest shall burn them on 9 the two kidneys and the fat that is
the altar as food, an offering made by on them by the flanks, and the fatty
fire for a sweet aroma; all the fat is lobe attached to the liver above the
the LORD’s. kidneys, he shall remove,
17 “This shall be a perpetual statute 10 as it was taken from the bull of
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and the priest shall burn them on the shall make atonement for them, and
altar of the burnt offering. it shall be forgiven them.
11 But the bull’s hide and all its 21 Then he shall carry the bull out-
flesh, with its head and legs, its en- side the camp, and burn it as he
trails and offal— burned the first bull. It is a sin offer-
12 the whole bull he shall carry out- ing for the assembly.
side the camp to a clean place, where 22 “When a r uler has sinned, and
the ashes are poured out, and burn it done something unintentionally
on wood with fire; where the ashes against any of the commandments of
are poured out it shall be burned. the LORD his God in anything which
13 “Now if the whole cong regation should not be done, and is guilty,
of Israel sins unintentionally, and the 23 or if his sin which he has com -
thing is hidden from the eyes of the mitted comes to his knowledge, he
assembly, and they have done some- shall bring as his offering a kid of
thing against any of the command- the g oats, a male without blemish.
ments of the LORD in anything 24 And he shall lay his hand on the
which should not be done, and are head of the g oat, and kill it at the
guilty; place where they kill the burnt offer-
14 when the sin which they have ing before the LORD. It is a sin of -
committed becomes known, then the fering.
assembly shall offer a young bull for 25 The priest shall take some of the
the sin, and bring it before the taber - blood of the sin offering with his
nacle of meeting. finger, put it on the horns of the al-
15 And the elders of the cong rega- tar of burnt offering, and pour its
tion shall lay their hands on the head blood at the base of the altar of
of the bull before the LORD. Then burnt offering.
the bull shall be killed before the 26 And he shall burn all its fat on
LORD. the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice
16 The anointed priest shall bring of the peace offering. So the priest
some of the bull’s blood to the taber - shall make atonement for him con-
nacle of meeting. cerning his sin, and it shall be forgiv-
17 Then the priest shall dip his fin - en him.
ger in the blood and sprinkle it seven 27 “If anyone of the common
times before the LORD, in front of people sins unintentionally by doing
the veil. something against any of the com-
18 And he shall put some of the mandments of the LORD in anything
blood on the horns of the altar which which ought not to be done, and is
is before the LORD, which is in the guilty,
tabernacle of meeting; and he shall 28 or if his sin which he has com -
pour the remaining blood at the base mitted comes to his knowledge, then
of the altar of burnt offering, which he shall bring as his offering a kid of
is at the door of the tabernacle of the g oats, a female without blemish,
meeting. for his sin which he has committed.
19 He shall take all the fat from it 29 And he shall lay his hand on the
and burn it on the altar. head of the sin offering, and kill the
20 And he shall do with the bull as sin offering at the place of the burnt
he did with the bull as a sin offering; offering.
thus he shall do with it. So the priest 30 Then the priest shall take some

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of its blood with his finger, put it on ness—whatever uncleanness with


the hor ns of the altar of burnt offer- which a man may be defiled, and he is
ing, and pour all the remaining blood unaware of it—when he realizes it,
at the base of the altar. then he shall be guilty.
31 He shall remove all its fat, as fat 4 “Or if a person swears, speaking
is removed from the sacrifice of the thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil
peace offering; and the priest shall or to do g ood, whatever it is that a
burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma man may pronounce by an oath, and
to the LORD. So the priest shall he is unaware of it—when he realizes
make atonement for him, and it shall it, then he shall be guilty in any of
be forgiven him. these matters.
32 “If he brings a lamb as his sin of- 5 “And it shall be, when he is guilty
fering, he shall bring a female in any of these matters, that he shall
without blemish. confess that he has sinned in that
33 Then he shall lay his hand on the thing;
head of the sin offering, and kill it as 6 and he shall bring his trespass of-
a sin offering at the place where they fering to the LORD for his sin which
kill the burnt offering. he has committed, a female from the
34 The priest shall take some of the flock, a lamb or a kid of the g oats as
blood of the sin offering with his a sin offering. So the priest shall
finger, put it on the horns of the al- make atonement for him concerning
tar of burnt offering, and pour all his sin.
the remaining blood at the base of 7 “If he is not able to bring a lamb,
the altar. then he shall bring to the LORD, for
35 He shall remove all its fat, as the his trespass which he has committed,
fat of the lamb is removed from the two turtledoves or two young pi-
sacrifice of the peace offering. Then geons: one as a sin offering and the
the priest shall burn it on the altar, other as a burnt offering.
according to the offerings made by 8 And he shall bring them to the
fire to the LORD. So the priest shall priest, who shall offer that which is
make atonement for his sin that he for the sin offering first, and wring
has committed, and it shall be forgiv- off its head from its neck, but shall
en him. not divide it completely.
9 Then he shall sprinkle some of the
CHAPTER 5 blood of the sin offering on the side
1 “If a person sins in hearing the ut - of the altar, and the rest of the blood
terance of an oath, and is a witness, shall be drained out at the base of
whether he has seen or known of the the altar. It is a sin offering.
matter—if he does not tell it, he 10 And he shall offer the second as a
bears guilt. burnt offering according to the pre-
2 “Or if a person touches any un- scribed manner. So the priest shall
clean thing, whether it is the carcass make atonement on his behalf for his
of an unclean beast, or the carcass of sin which he has committed, and it
unclean livestock, or the carcass of shall be forgiven him.
unclean creeping things, and he is un- 11 “But if he is not able to bring two
aware of it, he also shall be unclean turtledoves or two young pigeons,
and guilty. then he who sinned shall bring for
3 Or if he touches human unclean- his offering one-tenth of an ephah of

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fine flour as a sin offering. He shall certainly trespassed against the


put no oil on it, nor shall he put LORD.”
frankincense on it, for it is a sin of-
fering. CHAPTER 6
12 Then he shall bring it to the 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
priest, and the priest shall take his saying:
handful of it as a memorial portion, 2 “If a person sins and commits a
and burn it on the altar according to trespass against the LORD by lying
the offerings made by fire to the to his neighbor about what was de-
LORD. It is a sin offering. livered to him for safekeeping, or
13 The priest shall make atonement about a pledge, or about a robbery, or
for him, for his sin that he has com- if he has extorted from his neighbor,
mitted in any of these matters; and it 3 or if he has found what was lost
shall be forgiven him. The rest shall and lies concerning it, and swears
be the priest’s as a grain offering.”‘ falsely—in any one of these things
14 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, that a man may do in which he sins:
saying: 4 then it shall be, because he has
15 “If a person commits a trespass, sinned and is guilty, that he shall re-
and sins unintentionally in regard to store what he has stolen, or the thing
the holy things of the LORD, then he which he has extorted, or what was
shall bring to the LORD as his tres- delivered to him for safekeeping, or
pass offering a ram without blemish the lost thing which he found,
from the flocks, with your valuation 5 or all that about which he has
in shekels of silver according to the sworn falsely. He shall restore its full
shekel of the sanctuary, as a trespass value, add one-fifth more to it, and
offering. give it to whomever it belongs, on the
16 And he shall make restitution for day of his trespass offering.
the har m that he has done in regard 6 And he shall bring his trespass of-
to the holy thing, and shall add one- fering to the LORD, a ram without
fifth to it and give it to the priest. So blemish from the flock, with your
the priest shall make atonement for valuation, as a trespass offering, to
him with the ram of the trespass of- the priest.
fering, and it shall be forgiven him. 7 So the priest shall make atonement
17 “If a person sins, and commits for him before the LORD, and he
any of these things which are forbid- shall be forgiven for any one of these
den to be done by the command- things that he may have done in
ments of the LORD, though he does which he trespasses.”
not know it, yet he is guilty and shall 8 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
bear his iniquity. saying,
18 And he shall bring to the priest a 9 “Command Aaron and his sons,
ram without blemish from the flock, saying, “This is the law of the bur nt
with your valuation, as a trespass of- offering: The burnt offering shall be
fering. So the priest shall make atone- on the hearth upon the altar all night
ment for him regarding his ignorance until morning, and the fire of the al-
in which he erred and did not know tar shall be kept burning on it.
it, and it shall be forgiven him. 10 And the priest shall put on his
linen gar ment, and his linen trousers
19 It is a trespass offering; he has he shall put on his body, and take up

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the ashes of the burnt offering which when he is anointed: one-tenth of an


the fire has consumed on the altar, ephah of fine flour as a daily g rain
and he shall put them beside the al- offering, half of it in the morning
tar. and half of it at night.
11 Then he shall take off his gar - 21 It shall be made in a pan with oil.
ments, put on other gar ments, and When it is mixed, you shall bring it
car r y the ashes outside the camp to a in. The baked pieces of the g rain of-
clean place. fering you shall offer for a sweet
12 And the fire on the altar shall be aroma to the LORD.
kept burning on it; it shall not be put 22 The priest from among his sons,
out. And the priest shall burn wood who is anointed in his place, shall of-
on it every morning, and lay the fer it. It is a statute forever to the
burnt offering in order on it; and he LORD. It shall be wholly burned.
shall burn on it the fat of the peace 23 For every g rain offering for the
offerings. priest shall be wholly burned. It shall
13 A fire shall always be burning on not be eaten.”
the altar; it shall never g o out. 24 Also the LORD spoke to Moses,
14 “This is the law of the grain of - saying,
fering: The sons of Aaron shall offer 25 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons,
it on the altar before the LORD. saying, “This is the law of the sin of -
15 He shall take from it his handful fering: In the place where the burnt
of the fine flour of the g rain offer- offering is killed, the sin offering
ing, with its oil, and all the frankin- shall be killed before the LORD. It is
cense which is on the grain offering, most holy.
and shall burn it on the altar for a 26 The priest who offers it for sin
sweet aroma, as a memorial to the shall eat it. In a holy place it shall be
LORD. eaten, in the court of the tabernacle
16 And the remainder of it Aaron of meeting.
and his sons shall eat; with un- 27 Everyone who touches its flesh
leavened bread it shall be eaten in a must be holy. And when its blood is
holy place; in the court of the taber - sprinkled on any gar ment, you shall
nacle of meeting they shall eat it. wash that on which it was sprinkled,
17 It shall not be baked with leaven. in a holy place.
I have given it as their portion of My 28 But the earthen vessel in which it
offerings made by fire; it is most is boiled shall be broken. And if it is
holy, like the sin offering and the boiled in a bronze pot, it shall be
trespass offering. both scoured and rinsed in water.
18 All the males among the children 29 All the males among the priests
of Aaron may eat it. It shall be a stat- may eat it. It is most holy.
ute forever in your generations con- 30 But no sin offering from which
cerning the offerings made by fire to any of the blood is brought into the
the LORD. Ever yone who touches tabernacle of meeting, to make
them must be holy.”‘ atonement in the holy place, shall be
19 And the LORD spoke to Moses, eaten. It shall be burned in the fire.
saying,
20 “This is the offering of Aaron CHAPTER 7
and his sons, which they shall offer 1 “Likewise this is the law of the
to the LORD, beginning on the day trespass offering (it is most holy):

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2 In the place where they kill the cake from each offering as a heave
burnt offering they shall kill the tres- offering to the LORD. It shall belong
pass offering. And its blood he shall to the priest who sprinkles the blood
sprinkle all around on the altar. of the peace offering.
3 And he shall offer from it all its 15 “The flesh of the sacrifice of his
fat. The fat tail and the fat that cov- peace offering for thanksgiving shall
ers the entrails, be eaten the same day it is offered.
4 the two kidneys and the fat that is He shall not leave any of it until
on them by the flanks, and the fatty morning.
lobe attached to the liver above the 16 But if the sacrifice of his offer-
kidneys, he shall remove; ing is a vow or a voluntary offering,
5 and the priest shall burn them on it shall be eaten the same day that he
the altar as an offering made by fire offers his sacrifice; but on the next
to the LORD. It is a trespass offer- day the remainder of it also may be
ing. eaten;
6 Ever y male among the priests may 17 the remainder of the flesh of the
eat it. It shall be eaten in a holy sacrifice on the third day must be
place. It is most holy. burned with fire.
7 The trespass offering is like the sin 18 And if any of the flesh of the
offering; there is one law for them sacrifice of his peace offering is
both: the priest who makes atone- eaten at all on the third day, it shall
ment with it shall have it. not be accepted, nor shall it be im-
8 And the priest who offers anyone’s puted to him; it shall be an abomina-
burnt offering, that priest shall have tion to him who offers it, and the
for himself the skin of the burnt of- person who eats of it shall bear guilt.
fering which he has offered.
9 Also every g rain offering that is 19 “The flesh that touches any un-
baked in the oven and all that is pre - clean thing shall not be eaten. It shall
pared in the covered pan, or in a pan, be burned with fire. And as for the
shall be the priest’s who offers it. clean flesh, all who are clean may eat
10 Every g rain offering, whether of it.
mixed with oil or dry, shall belong to 20 But the person who eats the flesh
all the sons of Aaron, to one as much of the sacrifice of the peace offering
as the other. that belongs to the LORD, while he
11 “This is the law of the sacrifice is unclean, that person shall be cut
of peace offerings which he shall of- off from his people.
fer to the LORD: 21 Moreover the person who touches
12 If he offers it for a thanksgiving, any unclean thing, such as human un-
then he shall offer, with the sacrifice cleanness, an unclean animal, or any
of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes abominable unclean thing, and who
mixed with oil, unleavened wafers eats the flesh of the sacrifice of the
anointed with oil, or cakes of blen- peace offering that belongs to the
ded flour mixed with oil. LORD, that person shall be cut off
13 Besides the cakes, as his offering from his people.”‘
he shall offer leavened bread with the 22 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace saying,
offering. 23 “Speak to the children of Israel,
14 And from it he shall offer one saying: “You shall not eat any fat, of

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ox or sheep or g oat. 35 This is the consecrated portion


24 And the fat of an animal that dies for Aaron and his sons, from the of-
naturally, and the fat of what is torn ferings made by fire to the LORD, on
by wild beasts, may be used in any the day when Moses presented them
other way; but you shall by no means to minister to the LORD as priests.
eat it. 36 The LORD commanded this to be
25 For whoever eats the fat of the given to them by the children of Is-
animal of which men offer an offer- rael, on the day that He anointed
ing made by fire to the LORD, the them, by a statute forever throughout
person who eats it shall be cut off their generations.
from his people. 37 This is the law of the burnt of-
26 Moreover you shall not eat any fering, the g rain offering, the sin of-
blood in any of your dwellings, fering, the trespass offering, the con-
whether of bird or beast. secrations, and the sacrifice of the
27 Whoever eats any blood, that per- peace offering,
son shall be cut off from his 38 which the LORD commanded
people.”‘ Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day
28 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, when He commanded the children of
saying, Israel to offer their offerings to the
29 “Speak to the children of Israel, LORD in the Wilderness of Sinai.
saying: “He who offers the sacrifice
of his peace offering to the LORD CHAPTER 8
shall bring his offering to the LORD 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
from the sacrifice of his peace offer- saying:
ing. 2 “Take Aaron and his sons with
30 His own hands shall bring the of- him, and the gar ments, the anointing
ferings made by fire to the LORD. oil, a bull as the sin offering, two
The fat with the breast he shall bring, rams, and a basket of unleavened
that the breast may be waved as a bread;
wave offering before the LORD. 3 and gather all the cong regation to-
31 And the priest shall burn the fat gether at the door of the tabernacle
on the altar, but the breast shall be of meeting.”
Aaron’s and his sons’. 4 So Moses did as the LORD com-
32 Also the right thigh you shall give manded him. And the cong regation
to the priest as a heave offering from was gathered together at the door of
the sacrifices of your peace offerings. the tabernacle of meeting.
33 He among the sons of Aaron, 5 And Moses said to the cong rega-
who offers the blood of the peace of- tion, “This is what the LORD com-
fering and the fat, shall have the right manded to be done.”
thigh for his part. 6 Then Moses brought Aaron and
34 For the breast of the wave offer- his sons and washed them with water.
ing and the thigh of the heave offer- 7 And he put the tunic on him,
ing I have taken from the children of girded him with the sash, clothed him
Israel, from the sacrifices of their with the robe, and put the ephod on
peace offerings, and I have given him; and he girded him with the in-
them to Aaron the priest and to his tricately woven band of the ephod,
sons from the children of Israel by a and with it tied the ephod on him.
statute forever.”‘ 8 Then he put the breastplate on

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him, and he put the Urim and the 20 And he cut the ram into pieces;
Thummim in the breastplate. and Moses burned the head, the
9 And he put the turban on his head. pieces, and the fat.
Also on the turban, on its front, he 21 Then he washed the entrails and
put the g olden plate, the holy crown, the legs in water. And Moses burned
as the LORD had commanded Moses. the whole ram on the altar. It was a
10 Also Moses took the anointing burnt sacrifice for a sweet aroma, an
oil, and anointed the tabernacle and offering made by fire to the LORD,
all that was in it, and consecrated as the LORD had commanded Moses.
them. 22 And he brought the second ram,
11 He sprinkled some of it on the al- the ram of consecration. Then Aaron
tar seven times, anointed the altar and his sons laid their hands on the
and all its utensils, and the laver and head of the ram,
its base, to consecrate them. 23 and Moses killed it. Also he took
12 And he poured some of the some of its blood and put it on the
anointing oil on Aaron’s head and tip of Aaron’s right ear, on the
anointed him, to consecrate him. thumb of his right hand, and on the
13 Then Moses brought Aaron’s sons big toe of his right foot.
and put tunics on them, girded them 24 Then he brought Aaron’s sons.
with sashes, and put hats on them, as And Moses put some of the blood on
the LORD had commanded Moses. the tips of their right ears, on the
14 And he brought the bull for the thumbs of their right hands, and on
sin offering. Then Aaron and his sons the big toes of their right feet. And
laid their hands on the head of the Moses sprinkled the blood all around
bull for the sin offering, on the altar.
15 and Moses killed it. Then he took 25 Then he took the fat and the fat
the blood, and put some on the horns tail, all the fat that was on the en -
of the altar all around with his fin- trails, the fatty lobe attached to the
ger, and purified the altar. And he liver, the two kidneys and their fat,
poured the blood at the base of the and the right thigh;
altar, and consecrated it, to make 26 and from the basket of un-
atonement for it. leavened bread that was before the
16 Then he took all the fat that was LORD he took one unleavened cake,
on the entrails, the fatty lobe at- a cake of bread anointed with oil,
tached to the liver, and the two kid- and one wafer, and put them on the
neys with their fat, and Moses burned fat and on the right thigh;
them on the altar. 27 and he put all these in Aaron’s
17 But the bull, its hide, its flesh, hands and in his sons’ hands, and
and its offal, he burned with fire out- waved them as a wave offering before
side the camp, as the LORD had the LORD.
commanded Moses. 28 Then Moses took them from their
18 Then he brought the ram as the hands and burned them on the altar,
burnt offering. And Aaron and his on the burnt offering. They were
sons laid their hands on the head of consecration offerings for a sweet
the ram, aroma. That was an offering made by
19 and Moses killed it. Then he fire to the LORD.
sprinkled the blood all around on the 29 And Moses took the breast and
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LORD. It was Moses’ part of the ram shall speak, saying, “Take a kid of the
of consecration, as the LORD had g oats as a sin offering, and a calf and
commanded Moses. a lamb, both of the first year, without
30 Then Moses took some of the blemish, as a burnt offering,
anointing oil and some of the blood 4 also a bull and a ram as peace of-
which was on the altar, and sprinkled ferings, to sacrifice before the LORD,
it on Aaron, on his gar ments, on his and a g rain offering mixed with oil;
sons, and on the garments of his for today the LORD will appear to
sons with him; and he consecrated you.”‘
Aaron, his gar ments, his sons, and 5 So they brought what Moses com-
the gar ments of his sons with him. manded before the tabernacle of
31 And Moses said to Aaron and his meeting. And all the cong regation
sons, “Boil the flesh at the door of drew near and stood before the
the tabernacle of meeting, and eat it LORD.
there with the bread that is in the 6 Then Moses said, “This is the
basket of consecration offerings, as I thing which the LORD commanded
commanded, saying, “Aaron and his you to do, and the glory of the
sons shall eat it.’ LORD will appear to you.”
32 What remains of the flesh and of 7 And Moses said to Aaron, “Go to
the bread you shall burn with fire. the altar, offer your sin offering and
33 And you shall not g o outside the your burnt offering, and make atone-
door of the tabernacle of meeting ment for yourself and for the people.
for seven days, until the days of your Offer the offering of the people, and
consecration are ended. For seven make atonement for them, as the
days he shall consecrate you. LORD commanded.”
34 As he has done this day, so the 8 Aaron therefore went to the altar
LORD has commanded to do, to and killed the calf of the sin offer-
make atonement for you. ing, which was for himself.
35 Therefore you shall stay at the 9 Then the sons of Aaron brought
door of the tabernacle of meeting the blood to him. And he dipped his
day and night for seven days, and finger in the blood, put it on the
keep the charge of the LORD, so that horns of the altar, and poured the
you may not die; for so I have been blood at the base of the altar.
commanded.” 10 But the fat, the kidneys, and the
36 So Aaron and his sons did all the fatty lobe from the liver of the sin
things that the LORD had com- offering he burned on the altar, as
manded by the hand of Moses. the LORD had commanded Moses.
11 The flesh and the hide he burned
CHAPTER 9 with fire outside the camp.
1 It came to pass on the eighth day 12 And he killed the burnt offering;
that Moses called Aaron and his sons and Aaron’s sons presented to him
and the elders of Israel. the blood, which he sprinkled all
2 And he said to Aaron, “Take for around on the altar.
yourself a young bull as a sin offer- 13 Then they presented the burnt of-
ing and a ram as a burnt offering, fering to him, with its pieces and
without blemish, and offer them be- head, and he burned them on the al-
fore the LORD. tar.
3 And to the children of Israel you 14 And he washed the entrails and

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the legs, and burned them with the 1 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons
burnt offering on the altar. of Aaron, each took his censer and
15 Then he brought the people’s of- put fire in it, put incense on it, and
fering, and took the g oat, which was offered profane fire before the
the sin offering for the people, and LORD, which He had not com-
killed it and offered it for sin, like manded them.
the first one. 2 So fire went out from the LORD
16 And he brought the burnt offer- and devoured them, and they died be-
ing and offered it according to the fore the LORD.
prescribed manner. 3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is
17 Then he brought the g rain offer- what the LORD spoke, saying: “By
ing, took a handful of it, and burned those who come near Me I must be
it on the altar, besides the burnt sac- regarded as holy; And before all the
rifice of the morning. people I must be glorified.”‘So Aaron
18 He also killed the bull and the held his peace.
ram as sacrifices of peace offerings, 4 Then Moses called Mishael and
which were for the people. And Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the
Aaron’s sons presented to him the uncle of Aaron, and said to them,
blood, which he sprinkled all around “Come near, carry your brethren
on the altar, from before the sanctuary out of the
19 and the fat from the bull and the camp.”
ram—the fatty tail, what covers the 5 So they went near and carried
entrails and the kidneys, and the fatty them by their tunics out of the camp,
lobe attached to the liver; as Moses had said.
20 and they put the fat on the 6 And Moses said to Aaron, and to
breasts. Then he burned the fat on Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, “Do
the altar; not uncover your heads nor tear your
21 but the breasts and the right thigh clothes, lest you die, and wrath come
Aaron waved as a wave offering be- upon all the people. But let your
fore the LORD, as Moses had com- brethren, the whole house of Israel,
manded. bewail the burning which the LORD
22 Then Aaron lifted his hand to- has kindled.
ward the people, blessed them, and 7 You shall not g o out from the door
came down from offering the sin of- of the tabernacle of meeting, lest you
fering, the burnt offering, and peace die, for the anointing oil of the
offerings. LORD is upon you.” And they did ac-
23 And Moses and Aaron went into cording to the word of Moses.
the tabernacle of meeting, and came 8 Then the LORD spoke to Aaron,
out and blessed the people. Then the saying:
glor y of the LORD appeared to all 9 “Do not drink wine or intoxicating
the people, drink, you, nor your sons with you,
24 and fire came out from before the when you g o into the tabernacle of
LORD and consumed the burnt of- meeting, lest you die. It shall be a
fering and the fat on the altar. When statute forever throughout your gen-
all the people saw it, they shouted erations,
and fell on their faces. 10 that you may distinguish between
holy and unholy, and between unclean
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11 and that you may teach the chil- 19 And Aaron said to Moses, “Look,
dren of Israel all the statutes which this day they have offered their sin
the LORD has spoken to them by the offering and their burnt offering be-
hand of Moses.” fore the LORD, and such things have
12 And Moses spoke to Aaron, and befallen me! If I had eaten the sin of-
to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons who fering today, would it have been ac-
were left: “Take the g rain offering cepted in the sight of the LORD?”
that remains of the offerings made by 20 So when Moses heard that, he
fire to the LORD, and eat it without was content.
leaven beside the altar; for it is most
holy. CHAPTER 11
13 You shall eat it in a holy place, 1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses
because it is your due and your sons’ and Aaron, saying to them,
due, of the sacrifices made by fire to 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
the LORD; for so I have been com- saying, “These are the animals which
manded. you may eat among all the animals
14 The breast of the wave offering that are on the earth:
and the thigh of the heave offering 3 Among the animals, whatever di-
you shall eat in a clean place, you, vides the hoof, having cloven hooves
your sons, and your daughters with and chewing the cud—that you may
you; for they are your due and your eat.
sons’ due, which are given from the 4 Nevertheless these you shall not
sacrifices of peace offerings of the eat among those that chew the cud or
children of Israel. those that have cloven hooves: the
15 The thigh of the heave offering camel, because it chews the cud but
and the breast of the wave offering does not have cloven hooves, is un-
they shall bring with the offerings of clean to you;
fat made by fire, to offer as a wave 5 the rock hyrax, because it chews
offering before the LORD. And it the cud but does not have cloven
shall be yours and your sons’ with hooves, is unclean to you;
you, by a statute forever, as the 6 the hare, because it chews the cud
LORD has commanded.” but does not have cloven hooves, is
16 Then Moses made careful inquiry unclean to you;
about the g oat of the sin offering, 7 and the swine, though it divides
and there it was—burned up. And he the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet
was ang ry with Eleazar and Ithamar, does not chew the cud, is unclean to
the sons of Aaron who were left, say- you.
ing, 8 Their flesh you shall not eat, and
17 “Why have you not eaten the sin their carcasses you shall not touch.
offering in a holy place, since it is They are unclean to you.
most holy, and God has given it to 9 “These you may eat of all that are
you to bear the guilt of the cong rega- in the water: whatever in the water
tion, to make atonement for them be - has fins and scales, whether in the
fore the LORD? seas or in the rivers—that you may
18 See! Its blood was not brought in- eat.
side the holy place; indeed you 10 But all in the seas or in the rivers
should have eaten it in a holy place, that do not have fins and scales, all
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thing which is in the water, they are clothes and be unclean until evening:
an abomination to you. 26 The carcass of any animal which
11 They shall be an abomination to divides the foot, but is not cloven-
you; you shall not eat their flesh, but hoofed or does not chew the cud, is
you shall regard their carcasses as an unclean to you. Everyone who
abomination. touches it shall be unclean.
12 Whatever in the water does not 27 And whatever g oes on its paws,
have fins or scales—that shall be an among all kinds of animals that g o
abomination to you. on all fours, those are unclean to you.
13 “And these you shall regard as an Whoever touches any such carcass
abomination among the birds; they shall be unclean until evening.
shall not be eaten, they are an abom- 28 Whoever carries any such carcass
ination: the eagle, the vulture, the shall wash his clothes and be unclean
buzzard, until evening. It is unclean to you.
14 the kite, and the falcon after its 29 “These also shall be unclean to
kind; you among the creeping things that
15 every raven after its kind, creep on the earth: the mole, the
16 the ostrich, the short-eared owl, mouse, and the large lizard after its
the sea gull, and the hawk after its kind;
kind; 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the
17 the little owl, the fisher owl, and sand reptile, the sand lizard, and the
the screech owl; chameleon.
18 the white owl, the jackdaw, and 31 These are unclean to you among
the car rion vulture; all that creep. Whoever touches them
19 the stork, the heron after its kind, when they are dead shall be unclean
the hoopoe, and the bat. until evening.
20 “All flying insects that creep on 32 Anything on which any of them
all fours shall be an abomination to falls, when they are dead shall be un-
you. clean, whether it is any item of wood
21 Yet these you may eat of every or clothing or skin or sack, whatever
flying insect that creeps on all fours: item it is, in which any work is done,
those which have jointed legs above it must be put in water. And it shall
their feet with which to leap on the be unclean until evening; then it shall
earth. be clean.
22 These you may eat: the locust 33 Any earthen vessel into which any
after its kind, the destroying locust of them falls you shall break; and
after its kind, the cricket after its whatever is in it shall be unclean:
kind, and the g rasshopper after its 34 in such a vessel, any edible food
kind. upon which water falls becomes un-
23 But all other flying insects which clean, and any drink that may be
have four feet shall be an abomina- dr unk from it becomes unclean.
tion to you. 35 And everything on which a part
24 “By these you shall become un- of any such carcass falls shall be un-
clean; whoever touches the carcass of clean; whether it is an oven or cook-
any of them shall be unclean until ing stove, it shall be broken down;
evening; for they are unclean, and shall be un-
25 whoever carries part of the car- clean to you.
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cister n, in which there is plenty of clean and the clean, and between the
water, shall be clean, but whatever animal that may be eaten and the an-
touches any such carcass becomes un- imal that may not be eaten.”‘
clean.
37 And if a part of any such carcass CHAPTER 12
falls on any planting seed which is to 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
be sown, it remains clean. saying,
38 But if water is put on the seed, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
and if a part of any such carcass falls saying: “If a woman has conceived,
on it, it becomes unclean to you. and borne a male child, then she shall
39 “And if any animal which you be unclean seven days; as in the days
may eat dies, he who touches its car- of her customary impurity she shall
cass shall be unclean until evening. be unclean.
40 He who eats of its carcass shall 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of
wash his clothes and be unclean until his foreskin shall be circumcised.
evening. He also who carries its car- 4 She shall then continue in the
cass shall wash his clothes and be un- blood of her purification thirty-three
clean until evening. days. She shall not touch any hal-
41 “And every creeping thing that lowed thing, nor come into the sanc-
creeps on the earth shall be an abom - tuary until the days of her purifica-
ination. It shall not be eaten. tion are fulfilled.
42 Whatever crawls on its belly, 5 “But if she bears a female child,
whatever g oes on all fours, or then she shall be unclean two weeks,
whatever has many feet among all as in her customary impurity, and she
creeping things that creep on the shall continue in the blood of her
earth—these you shall not eat, for purification sixty-six days.
they are an abomination. 6 “When the days of her purification
43 You shall not make yourselves ab- are fulfilled, whether for a son or a
ominable with any creeping thing that daughter, she shall bring to the priest
creeps; nor shall you make yourselves a lamb of the first year as a burnt of-
unclean with them, lest you be de- fering, and a young pigeon or a
filed by them. turtledove as a sin offering, to the
44 For I am the LORD your God. door of the tabernacle of meeting.
You shall therefore consecrate 7 Then he shall offer it before the
yourselves, and you shall be holy; for LORD, and make atonement for her.
I am holy. Neither shall you defile And she shall be clean from the flow
yourselves with any creeping thing of her blood. This is the law for her
that creeps on the earth. who has borne a male or a female.
45 For I am the LORD who brings 8 “And if she is not able to bring a
you up out of the land of Eg ypt, to lamb, then she may bring two turtle-
be your God. You shall therefore be doves or two young pigeons—one as
holy, for I am holy. a burnt offering and the other as a
46 “This is the law of the animals sin offering. So the priest shall make
and the birds and every living atonement for her, and she will be
creature that moves in the waters, clean.”‘
and of every creature that creeps on
the earth, CHAPTER 13
47 to distinguish between the un- 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses

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and Aaron, saying: white, and there is a spot of raw


2 “When a man has on the skin of flesh in the swelling,
his body a swelling, a scab, or a 11 it is an old leprosy on the skin of
bright spot, and it becomes on the his body. The priest shall pronounce
skin of his body like a leprous sore, him unclean, and shall not isolate
then he shall be brought to Aaron the him, for he is unclean.
priest or to one of his sons the 12 “And if leprosy breaks out all
priests. over the skin, and the leprosy covers
3 The priest shall examine the sore all the skin of the one who has the
on the skin of the body; and if the sore, from his head to his foot,
hair on the sore has turned white, wherever the priest looks,
and the sore appears to be deeper 13 then the priest shall consider; and
than the skin of his body, it is a lep- indeed if the leprosy has covered all
rous sore. Then the priest shall exam- his body, he shall pronounce him
ine him, and pronounce him unclean. clean who has the sore. It has all
4 But if the bright spot is white on turned white. He is clean.
the skin of his body, and does not 14 But when raw flesh appears on
appear to be deeper than the skin, him, he shall be unclean.
and its hair has not turned white, 15 And the priest shall examine the
then the priest shall isolate the one raw flesh and pronounce him to be
who has the sore seven days. unclean; for the raw flesh is unclean.
5 And the priest shall examine him It is leprosy.
on the seventh day; and indeed if the 16 Or if the raw flesh changes and
sore appears to be as it was, and the turns white again, he shall come to
sore has not spread on the skin, then the priest.
the priest shall isolate him another 17 And the priest shall examine him;
seven days. and indeed if the sore has turned
6 Then the priest shall examine him white, then the priest shall pronounce
again on the seventh day; and indeed him clean who has the sore. He is
if the sore has faded, and the sore clean.
has not spread on the skin, then the 18 “If the body develops a boil in
priest shall pronounce him clean; it is the skin, and it is healed,
only a scab, and he shall wash his 19 and in the place of the boil there
clothes and be clean. comes a white swelling or a bright
7 But if the scab should at all spread spot, reddish-white, then it shall be
over the skin, after he has been seen shown to the priest;
by the priest for his cleansing, he 20 and if, when the priest sees it, it
shall be seen by the priest again. indeed appears deeper than the skin,
8 And if the priest sees that the scab and its hair has turned white, the
has indeed spread on the skin, then priest shall pronounce him unclean.
the priest shall pronounce him un- It is a leprous sore which has broken
clean. It is leprosy. out of the boil.
9 “When the leprous sore is on a 21 But if the priest examines it, and
person, then he shall be brought to indeed there are no white hairs in it,
the priest. and it is not deeper than the skin, but
10 And the priest shall examine him; has faded, then the priest shall isolate
and indeed if the swelling on the skin him seven days;
is white, and it has turned the hair 22 and if it should at all spread over

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the skin, then the priest shall pro- 32 And on the seventh day the priest
nounce him unclean. It is a leprous shall examine the sore; and indeed if
sore. the scale has not spread, and there is
23 But if the bright spot stays in one no yellow hair in it, and the scale
place, and has not spread, it is the does not appear deeper than the skin,
scar of the boil; and the priest shall 33 he shall shave himself, but the
pronounce him clean. scale he shall not shave. And the
24 “Or if the body receives a burn priest shall isolate the one who has
on its skin by fire, and the raw flesh the scale another seven days.
of the burn becomes a bright spot, 34 On the seventh day the priest
reddish-white or white, shall examine the scale; and indeed if
25 then the priest shall examine it; the scale has not spread over the
and indeed if the hair of the bright skin, and does not appear deeper
spot has turned white, and it appears than the skin, then the priest shall
deeper than the skin, it is leprosy pronounce him clean. He shall wash
broken out in the burn. Therefore the his clothes and be clean.
priest shall pronounce him unclean. 35 But if the scale should at all
It is a leprous sore. spread over the skin after his cleans-
26 But if the priest examines it, and ing,
indeed there are no white hairs in the 36 then the priest shall examine him;
bright spot, and it is not deeper than and indeed if the scale has spread
the skin, but has faded, then the over the skin, the priest need not
priest shall isolate him seven days. seek for yellow hair. He is unclean.
27 And the priest shall examine him 37 But if the scale appears to be at a
on the seventh day. If it has at all standstill, and there is black hair
spread over the skin, then the priest g rown up in it, the scale has healed.
shall pronounce him unclean. It is a He is clean, and the priest shall pro-
leprous sore. nounce him clean.
28 But if the bright spot stays in one 38 “If a man or a woman has bright
place, and has not spread on the skin, spots on the skin of the body, spe-
but has faded, it is a swelling from cifically white bright spots,
the burn. The priest shall pronounce 39 then the priest shall look; and in-
him clean, for it is the scar from the deed if the bright spots on the skin
burn. of the body are dull white, it is a
29 “If a man or woman has a sore white spot that g rows on the skin. He
on the head or the beard, is clean.
30 then the priest shall examine the 40 “As for the man whose hair has
sore; and indeed if it appears deeper fallen from his head, he is bald, but
than the skin, and there is in it thin he is clean.
yellow hair, then the priest shall pro- 41 He whose hair has fallen from his
nounce him unclean. It is a scaly lep- forehead, he is bald on the forehead,
rosy of the head or beard. but he is clean.
31 But if the priest examines the 42 And if there is on the bald head
scaly sore, and indeed it does not ap- or bald forehead a reddish-white
pear deeper than the skin, and there sore, it is leprosy breaking out on his
is no black hair in it, then the priest bald head or his bald forehead.
shall isolate the one who has the 43 Then the priest shall examine it;
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is reddish-white on his bald head or in the gar ment, either in the warp or
on his bald forehead, as the appear- in the woof, or in anything made of
ance of leprosy on the skin of the leather,
body, 54 then the priest shall command
44 he is a leprous man. He is un - that they wash the thing in which is
clean. The priest shall surely pro- the plague; and he shall isolate it an-
nounce him unclean; his sore is on other seven days.
his head. 55 Then the priest shall examine the
45 “Now the leper on whom the sore plague after it has been washed; and
is, his clothes shall be torn and his indeed if the plague has not changed
head bare; and he shall cover his its color, though the plague has not
mustache, and cry, “Unclean! Un- spread, it is unclean, and you shall
clean!’ burn it in the fire; it continues eating
46 He shall be unclean. All the days away, whether the damage is outside
he has the sore he shall be unclean. or inside.
He is unclean, and he shall dwell 56 If the priest examines it, and in-
alone; his dwelling shall be outside deed the plague has faded after wash-
the camp. ing it, then he shall tear it out of the
47 “Also, if a gar ment has a leprous gar ment, whether out of the warp or
plague in it, whether it is a woolen out of the woof, or out of the leath -
gar ment or a linen gar ment, er.
48 whether it is in the warp or woof 57 But if it appears again in the gar -
of linen or wool, whether in leather ment, either in the warp or in the
or in anything made of leather, woof, or in anything made of leather,
49 and if the plague is g reenish or it is a spreading plague; you shall
reddish in the gar ment or in the burn with fire that in which is the
leather, whether in the warp or in the plague.
woof, or in anything made of leather, 58 And if you wash the gar ment,
it is a leprous plague and shall be either warp or woof, or whatever is
shown to the priest. made of leather, if the plague has
50 The priest shall examine the disappeared from it, then it shall be
plague and isolate that which has the washed a second time, and shall be
plague seven days. clean.
51 And he shall examine the plague 59 “This is the law of the leprous
on the seventh day. If the plague has plague in a gar ment of wool or linen,
spread in the gar ment, either in the either in the warp or woof, or in any -
warp or in the woof, in the leather or thing made of leather, to pronounce
in anything made of leather, the it clean or to pronounce it unclean.”
plague is an active leprosy. It is un-
clean. CHAPTER 14
52 He shall therefore burn that gar - 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
ment in which is the plague, whether saying,
warp or woof, in wool or in linen, or 2 “This shall be the law of the leper
anything of leather, for it is an active for the day of his cleansing: He shall
leprosy; the gar ment shall be burned be brought to the priest.
in the fire. 3 And the priest shall g o out of the
53 “But if the priest examines it, camp, and the priest shall examine
and indeed the plague has not spread him; and indeed, if the leprosy is

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healed in the leper, and the burnt offering, in a holy


4 then the priest shall command to place; for as the sin offering is the
take for him who is to be cleansed priest’s, so is the trespass offering. It
two living and clean birds, cedar is most holy.
wood, scarlet, and hyssop. 14 The priest shall take some of the
5 And the priest shall command that blood of the trespass offering, and
one of the birds be killed in an the priest shall put it on the tip of
earthen vessel over running water. the right ear of him who is to be
6 As for the living bird, he shall take cleansed, on the thumb of his right
it, the cedar wood and the scarlet and hand, and on the big toe of his right
the hyssop, and dip them and the liv - foot.
ing bird in the blood of the bird that 15 And the priest shall take some of
was killed over the running water. the log of oil, and pour it into the
7 And he shall sprinkle it seven palm of his own left hand.
times on him who is to be cleansed 16 Then the priest shall dip his right
from the leprosy, and shall pro- finger in the oil that is in his left
nounce him clean, and shall let the hand, and shall sprinkle some of the
living bird loose in the open field. oil with his finger seven times before
8 He who is to be cleansed shall the LORD.
wash his clothes, shave off all his 17 And of the rest of the oil in his
hair, and wash himself in water, that hand, the priest shall put some on the
he may be clean. After that he shall tip of the right ear of him who is to
come into the camp, and shall stay be cleansed, on the thumb of his
outside his tent seven days. right hand, and on the big toe of his
9 But on the seventh day he shall right foot, on the blood of the tres-
shave all the hair off his head and his pass offering.
beard and his eyebrows—all his hair 18 The rest of the oil that is in the
he shall shave off. He shall wash his priest’s hand he shall put on the head
clothes and wash his body in water, of him who is to be cleansed. So the
and he shall be clean. priest shall make atonement for him
10 “And on the eighth day he shall before the LORD.
take two male lambs without blemish, 19 “Then the priest shall offer the
one ewe lamb of the first year sin offering, and make atonement for
without blemish, three-tenths of an him who is to be cleansed from his
ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as uncleanness. Afterward he shall kill
a g rain offering, and one log of oil. the burnt offering.
11 Then the priest who makes him 20 And the priest shall offer the
clean shall present the man who is to burnt offering and the g rain offering
be made clean, and those things, be- on the altar. So the priest shall make
fore the LORD, at the door of the atonement for him, and he shall be
tabernacle of meeting. clean.
12 And the priest shall take one male 21 “But if he is poor and cannot af-
lamb and offer it as a trespass offer- ford it, then he shall take one male
ing, and the log of oil, and wave lamb as a trespass offering to be
them as a wave offering before the waved, to make atonement for him,
LORD. one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour
13 Then he shall kill the lamb in the mixed with oil as a g rain offering, a
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22 and two turtledoves or two young 32 This is the law for one who had a
pigeons, such as he is able to afford: leprous sore, who cannot afford the
one shall be a sin offering and the usual cleansing.”
other a burnt offering. 33 And the LORD spoke to Moses
23 He shall bring them to the priest and Aaron, saying:
on the eighth day for his cleansing, to 34 “When you have come into the
the door of the tabernacle of meet- land of Canaan, which I give you as a
ing, before the LORD. possession, and I put the leprous
24 And the priest shall take the lamb plague in a house in the land of your
of the trespass offering and the log possession,
of oil, and the priest shall wave them 35 and he who owns the house
as a wave offering before the LORD. comes and tells the priest, saying, “It
25 Then he shall kill the lamb of the seems to me that there is some plague
trespass offering, and the priest shall in the house,’
take some of the blood of the tres- 36 then the priest shall command
pass offering and put it on the tip of that they empty the house, before the
the right ear of him who is to be priest g oes into it to examine the
cleansed, on the thumb of his right plague, that all that is in the house
hand, and on the big toe of his right may not be made unclean; and after-
foot. ward the priest shall g o in to examine
26 And the priest shall pour some of the house.
the oil into the palm of his own left 37 And he shall examine the plague;
hand. and indeed if the plague is on the
27 Then the priest shall sprinkle walls of the house with ing rained
with his right finger some of the oil streaks, g reenish or reddish, which
that is in his left hand seven times appear to be deep in the wall,
before the LORD. 38 then the priest shall g o out of the
28 And the priest shall put some of house, to the door of the house, and
the oil that is in his hand on the tip shut up the house seven days.
of the right ear of him who is to be 39 And the priest shall come again
cleansed, on the thumb of the right on the seventh day and look; and in-
hand, and on the big toe of his right deed if the plague has spread on the
foot, on the place of the blood of walls of the house,
the trespass offering. 40 then the priest shall command
29 The rest of the oil that is in the that they take away the stones in
priest’s hand he shall put on the head which is the plague, and they shall
of him who is to be cleansed, to cast them into an unclean place out-
make atonement for him before the side the city.
LORD. 41 And he shall cause the house to
30 And he shall offer one of the be scraped inside, all around, and the
turtledoves or young pigeons, such as dust that they scrape off they shall
he can afford— pour out in an unclean place outside
31 such as he is able to afford, the the city.
one as a sin offering and the other as 42 Then they shall take other stones
a burnt offering, with the grain offer- and put them in the place of those
ing. So the priest shall make atone- stones, and he shall take other mortar
ment for him who is to be cleansed and plaster the house.
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and breaks out in the house, after he sore and scale,


has taken away the stones, after he 55 for the leprosy of a gar ment and
has scraped the house, and after it is of a house,
plastered, 56 for a swelling and a scab and a
44 then the priest shall come and bright spot,
look; and indeed if the plague has 57 to teach when it is unclean and
spread in the house, it is an active when it is clean. This is the law of
leprosy in the house. It is unclean. leprosy.”
45 And he shall break down the
house, its stones, its timber, and all CHAPTER 15
the plaster of the house, and he shall 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses
car r y them outside the city to an un- and Aaron, saying,
clean place. 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
46 Moreover he who g oes into the and say to them: “When any man has
house at all while it is shut up shall a discharge from his body, his dis-
be unclean until evening. charge is unclean.
47 And he who lies down in the 3 And this shall be his uncleanness
house shall wash his clothes, and he in regard to his discharge—whether
who eats in the house shall wash his his body r uns with his discharge, or
clothes. his body is stopped up by his dis-
48 “But if the priest comes in and charge, it is his uncleanness.
examines it, and indeed the plague 4 Every bed is unclean on which he
has not spread in the house after the who has the discharge lies, and
house was plastered, then the priest everything on which he sits shall be
shall pronounce the house clean, be- unclean.
cause the plague is healed. 5 And whoever touches his bed shall
49 And he shall take, to cleanse the wash his clothes and bathe in water,
house, two birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and be unclean until evening.
and hyssop. 6 He who sits on anything on which
50 Then he shall kill one of the he who has the discharge sat shall
birds in an earthen vessel over run- wash his clothes and bathe in water,
ning water; and be unclean until evening.
51 and he shall take the cedar wood, 7 And he who touches the body of
the hyssop, the scarlet, and the living him who has the discharge shall wash
bird, and dip them in the blood of his clothes and bathe in water, and be
the slain bird and in the r unning wa- unclean until evening.
ter, and sprinkle the house seven 8 If he who has the discharge spits
times. on him who is clean, then he shall
52 And he shall cleanse the house wash his clothes and bathe in water,
with the blood of the bird and the and be unclean until evening.
r unning water and the living bird, 9 Any saddle on which he who has
with the cedar wood, the hyssop, and the discharge rides shall be unclean.
the scarlet. 10 Whoever touches anything that
53 Then he shall let the living bird was under him shall be unclean until
loose outside the city in the open evening. He who carries any of those
field, and make atonement for the things shall wash his clothes and
house, and it shall be clean. bathe in water, and be unclean until
54 “This is the law for any leprous evening.

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11 And whomever the one who has wash his clothes and bathe in water,
the discharge touches, and has not and be unclean until evening.
rinsed his hands in water, he shall 22 And whoever touches anything
wash his clothes and bathe in water, that she sat on shall wash his clothes
and be unclean until evening. and bathe in water, and be unclean
12 The vessel of earth that he who until evening.
has the discharge touches shall be 23 If anything is on her bed or on
broken, and every vessel of wood anything on which she sits, when he
shall be rinsed in water. touches it, he shall be unclean until
13 “And when he who has a dis - evening.
charge is cleansed of his discharge, 24 And if any man lies with her at
then he shall count for himself seven all, so that her impurity is on him, he
days for his cleansing, wash his shall be unclean seven days; and
clothes, and bathe his body in run- every bed on which he lies shall be
ning water; then he shall be clean. unclean.
14 On the eighth day he shall take 25 “If a woman has a discharge of
for himself two turtledoves or two blood for many days, other than at
young pigeons, and come before the the time of her customary impurity,
LORD, to the door of the tabernacle or if it r uns beyond her usual time of
of meeting, and give them to the impurity, all the days of her unclean
priest. discharge shall be as the days of her
15 Then the priest shall offer them, customary impurity. She shall be un-
the one as a sin offering and the oth- clean.
er as a burnt offering. So the priest 26 Every bed on which she lies all
shall make atonement for him before the days of her discharge shall be to
the LORD because of his discharge. her as the bed of her impurity; and
16 “If any man has an emission of whatever she sits on shall be unclean,
semen, then he shall wash all his as the uncleanness of her impurity.
body in water, and be unclean until 27 Whoever touches those things
evening. shall be unclean; he shall wash his
17 And any gar ment and any leather clothes and bathe in water, and be
on which there is semen, it shall be unclean until evening.
washed with water, and be unclean 28 “But if she is cleansed of her dis -
until evening. charge, then she shall count for her -
18 Also, when a woman lies with a self seven days, and after that she
man, and there is an emission of se- shall be clean.
men, they shall bathe in water, and be 29 And on the eighth day she shall
unclean until evening. take for herself two turtledoves or
19 “If a woman has a discharge, and two young pigeons, and bring them to
the discharge from her body is blood, the priest, to the door of the taber-
she shall be set apart seven days; and nacle of meeting.
whoever touches her shall be unclean 30 Then the priest shall offer the
until evening. one as a sin offering and the other as
20 Everything that she lies on during a burnt offering, and the priest shall
her impurity shall be unclean; also make atonement for her before the
ever ything that she sits on shall be LORD for the discharge of her un-
unclean. cleanness.
21 Whoever touches her bed shall 31 “Thus you shall separate the chil-

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dren of Israel from their uncleanness, two g oats: one lot for the LORD and
lest they die in their uncleanness the other lot for the scapeg oat.
when they defile My tabernacle that 9 And Aaron shall bring the g oat on
is among them. which the LORD’s lot fell, and offer
32 This is the law for one who has a it as a sin offering.
discharge, and for him who emits se- 10 But the g oat on which the lot fell
men and is unclean thereby, to be the scapeg oat shall be presen-
33 and for her who is indisposed be- ted alive before the LORD, to make
cause of her customary impurity, and atonement upon it, and to let it g o as
for one who has a discharge, either the scapeg oat into the wilderness.
man or woman, and for him who lies 11 “And Aaron shall bring the bull
with her who is unclean.”‘ of the sin offering, which is for him -
self, and make atonement for himself
CHAPTER 16 and for his house, and shall kill the
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses bull as the sin offering which is for
after the death of the two sons of himself.
Aaron, when they offered profane 12 Then he shall take a censer full
fire before the LORD, and died; of burning coals of fire from the al-
2 and the LORD said to Moses: tar before the LORD, with his hands
“Tell Aaron your brother not to come full of sweet incense beaten fine, and
at just any time into the Holy Place bring it inside the veil.
inside the veil, before the mercy seat 13 And he shall put the incense on
which is on the ark, lest he die; for I the fire before the LORD, that the
will appear in the cloud above the cloud of incense may cover the mercy
mercy seat. seat that is on the Testimony, lest he
3 “Thus Aaron shall come into the die.
Holy Place: with the blood of a 14 He shall take some of the blood
young bull as a sin offering, and of a of the bull and sprinkle it with his
ram as a burnt offering. finger on the mercy seat on the east
4 He shall put the holy linen tunic side; and before the mercy seat he
and the linen trousers on his body; he shall sprinkle some of the blood with
shall be girded with a linen sash, and his finger seven times.
with the linen turban he shall be at- 15 “Then he shall kill the g oat of
tired. These are holy gar ments. the sin offering, which is for the
Therefore he shall wash his body in people, bring its blood inside the
water, and put them on. veil, do with that blood as he did
5 And he shall take from the con - with the blood of the bull, and
g regation of the children of Israel sprinkle it on the mercy seat and be-
two kids of the g oats as a sin offer- fore the mercy seat.
ing, and one ram as a burnt offering. 16 So he shall make atonement for
6 “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin the Holy Place, because of the un-
offering, which is for himself, and cleanness of the children of Israel,
make atonement for himself and for and because of their transg ressions,
his house. for all their sins; and so he shall do
7 He shall take the two g oats and for the tabernacle of meeting which
present them before the LORD at the remains among them in the midst of
door of the tabernacle of meeting. their uncleanness.
8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the 17 There shall be no man in the tab -

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ernacle of meeting when he g oes in and bathe his body in water, and af-
to make atonement in the Holy Place, terward he may come into the camp.
until he comes out, that he may make 27 The bull for the sin offering and
atonement for himself, for his house- the g oat for the sin offering, whose
hold, and for all the assembly of Is- blood was brought in to make atone-
rael. ment in the Holy Place, shall be car -
18 And he shall g o out to the altar ried outside the camp. And they shall
that is before the LORD, and make burn in the fire their skins, their
atonement for it, and shall take some flesh, and their offal.
of the blood of the bull and some of 28 Then he who burns them shall
the blood of the g oat, and put it on wash his clothes and bathe his body
the horns of the altar all around. in water, and afterward he may come
19 Then he shall sprinkle some of into the camp.
the blood on it with his finger seven 29 “This shall be a statute forever
times, cleanse it, and consecrate it for you: In the seventh month, on the
from the uncleanness of the children tenth day of the month, you shall af-
of Israel. flict your souls, and do no work at
20 “And when he has made an end all, whether a native of your own
of atoning for the Holy Place, the country or a stranger who dwells
tabernacle of meeting, and the altar, among you.
he shall bring the live g oat. 30 For on that day the priest shall
21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on make atonement for you, to cleanse
the head of the live g oat, confess you, that you may be clean from all
over it all the iniquities of the chil- your sins before the LORD.
dren of Israel, and all their transg res- 31 It is a sabbath of solemn rest for
sions, concerning all their sins, put- you, and you shall afflict your souls.
ting them on the head of the g oat, It is a statute forever.
and shall send it away into the wilder - 32 And the priest, who is anointed
ness by the hand of a suitable man. and consecrated to minister as priest
22 The g oat shall bear on itself all in his father’s place, shall make
their iniquities to an uninhabited atonement, and put on the linen
land; and he shall release the g oat in clothes, the holy gar ments;
the wilderness. 33 then he shall make atonement for
23 “Then Aaron shall come into the the Holy Sanctuary, and he shall make
tabernacle of meeting, shall take off atonement for the tabernacle of
the linen gar ments which he put on meeting and for the altar, and he
when he went into the Holy Place, shall make atonement for the priests
and shall leave them there. and for all the people of the as-
24 And he shall wash his body with sembly.
water in a holy place, put on his gar - 34 This shall be an everlasting stat-
ments, come out and offer his burnt ute for you, to make atonement for
offering and the burnt offering of the children of Israel, for all their
the people, and make atonement for sins, once a year.” And he did as the
himself and for the people. LORD commanded Moses.
25 The fat of the sin offering he
shall burn on the altar. CHAPTER 17
26 And he who released the g oat as 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
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2 “Speak to Aaron, to his sons, and 11 For the life of the flesh is in the
to all the children of Israel, and say blood, and I have given it to you
to them, “This is the thing which the upon the altar to make atonement for
LORD has commanded, saying: your souls; for it is the blood that
3 “Whatever man of the house of makes atonement for the soul.’
Israel who kills an ox or lamb or g oat 12 Therefore I said to the children
in the camp, or who kills it outside of Israel, “No one among you shall
the camp, eat blood, nor shall any stranger who
4 and does not bring it to the door dwells among you eat blood.’
of the tabernacle of meeting to offer 13 “Whatever man of the children
an offering to the LORD before the of Israel, or of the strangers who
tabernacle of the LORD, the guilt of dwell among you, who hunts and
bloodshed shall be imputed to that catches any animal or bird that may
man. He has shed blood; and that be eaten, he shall pour out its blood
man shall be cut off from among his and cover it with dust;
people, 14 for it is the life of all flesh. Its
5 to the end that the children of Is- blood sustains its life. Therefore I
rael may bring their sacrifices which said to the children of Israel, “You
they offer in the open field, that they shall not eat the blood of any flesh,
may bring them to the LORD at the for the life of all flesh is its blood.
door of the tabernacle of meeting, to Whoever eats it shall be cut off.’
the priest, and offer them as peace 15 “And every person who eats what
offerings to the LORD. died naturally or what was torn by
6 And the priest shall sprinkle the beasts, whether he is a native of your
blood on the altar of the LORD at own country or a stranger, he shall
the door of the tabernacle of meet- both wash his clothes and bathe in
ing, and burn the fat for a sweet water, and be unclean until evening.
aroma to the LORD. Then he shall be clean.
7 They shall no more offer their sac - 16 But if he does not wash them or
rifices to demons, after whom they bathe his body, then he shall bear his
have played the harlot. This shall be a guilt.”
statute forever for them throughout
their generations.”‘ CHAPTER 18
8 “Also you shall say to them: 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
“Whatever man of the house of Is- saying,
rael, or of the strangers who dwell 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
among you, who offers a burnt offer- and say to them: “I am the LORD
ing or sacrifice, your God.
9 and does not bring it to the door 3 According to the doings of the
of the tabernacle of meeting, to offer land of Eg ypt, where you dwelt, you
it to the LORD, that man shall be cut shall not do; and according to the do-
off from among his people. ings of the land of Canaan, where I
10 “And whatever man of the house am bringing you, you shall not do;
of Israel, or of the strangers who nor shall you walk in their ordin-
dwell among you, who eats any ances.
blood, I will set My face against that 4 You shall obser ve My judgments
person who eats blood, and will cut and keep My ordinances, to walk in
him off from among his people. them: I am the LORD your God.

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5 You shall therefore keep My stat- or her daughter’s daughter, to uncov-


utes and My judgments, which if a er her nakedness. They are near of
man does, he shall live by them: I am kin to her. It is wickedness.
the LORD. 18 Nor shall you take a woman as a
6 “None of you shall approach any- rival to her sister, to uncover her na-
one who is near of kin to him, to un- kedness while the other is alive.
cover his nakedness: I am the LORD. 19 “Also you shall not approach a
7 The nakedness of your father or woman to uncover her nakedness as
the nakedness of your mother you long as she is in her customary im-
shall not uncover. She is your moth- purity.
er; you shall not uncover her naked- 20 Moreover you shall not lie car -
ness. nally with your neighbor’s wife, to
8 The nakedness of your father’s defile yourself with her.
wife you shall not uncover; it is your 21 And you shall not let any of your
father’s nakedness. descendants pass through the fire to
9 The nakedness of your sister, the Molech, nor shall you profane the
daughter of your father, or the name of your God: I am the LORD.
daughter of your mother, whether 22 You shall not lie with a male as
born at home or elsewhere, their na- with a woman. It is an abomination.
kedness you shall not uncover. 23 Nor shall you mate with any an-
10 The nakedness of your son’s imal, to defile yourself with it. Nor
daughter or your daughter’s daughter, shall any woman stand before an an-
their nakedness you shall not uncov- imal to mate with it. It is per version.
er; for theirs is your own nakedness. 24 “Do not defile yourselves with
11 The nakedness of your father’s any of these things; for by all these
wife’s daughter, beg otten by your the nations are defiled, which I am
father—she is your sister—you shall casting out before you.
not uncover her nakedness. 25 For the land is defiled; therefore
12 You shall not uncover the naked- I visit the punishment of its iniquity
ness of your father’s sister; she is upon it, and the land vomits out its
near of kin to your father. inhabitants.
13 You shall not uncover the naked- 26 You shall therefore keep My stat-
ness of your mother’s sister, for she utes and My judgments, and shall not
is near of kin to your mother. commit any of these abominations,
14 You shall not uncover the naked- either any of your own nation or any
ness of your father’s brother. You stranger who dwells among you
shall not approach his wife; she is 27 (for all these abominations the
your aunt. men of the land have done, who were
15 You shall not uncover the naked- before you, and thus the land is de-
ness of your daughter-in-law—she is filed),
your son’s wife—you shall not uncov- 28 lest the land vomit you out also
er her nakedness. when you defile it, as it vomited out
16 You shall not uncover the naked- the nations that were before you.
ness of your brother’s wife; it is your 29 For whoever commits any of
brother’s nakedness. these abominations, the persons who
17 You shall not uncover the naked- commit them shall be cut off from
ness of a woman and her daughter, among their people.
nor shall you take her son’s daughter 30 “Therefore you shall keep My or-

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dinance, so that you do not commit the name of your God: I am the
any of these abominable customs LORD.
which were committed before you, 13 “You shall not cheat your neigh-
and that you do not defile yourselves bor, nor rob him. The wages of him
by them: I am the LORD your God.”‘ who is hired shall not remain with
you all night until morning.
CHAPTER 19 14 You shall not curse the deaf, nor
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, put a stumbling block before the
saying, blind, but shall fear your God: I am
2 “Speak to all the cong regation of the LORD.
the children of Israel, and say to 15 “You shall do no injustice in
them: “You shall be holy, for I the judgment. You shall not be partial to
LORD your God am holy. the poor, nor honor the person of
3 “Every one of you shall revere his the mighty. In righteousness you shall
mother and his father, and keep My judge your neighbor.
Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God. 16 You shall not g o about as a tale -
4 “Do not turn to idols, nor make bearer among your people; nor shall
for yourselves molded g ods: I am the you take a stand against the life of
LORD your God. your neighbor : I am the LORD.
5 “And if you offer a sacrifice of a 17 “You shall not hate your brother
peace offering to the LORD, you in your heart. You shall surely rebuke
shall offer it of your own free will. your neighbor, and not bear sin be-
6 It shall be eaten the same day you cause of him.
offer it, and on the next day. And if 18 You shall not take vengeance, nor
any remains until the third day, it bear any g r udge against the children
shall be burned in the fire. of your people, but you shall love
7 And if it is eaten at all on the your neighbor as yourself: I am the
third day, it is an abomination. It LORD.
shall not be accepted. 19 “You shall keep My statutes. You
8 Therefore everyone who eats it shall not let your livestock breed with
shall bear his iniquity, because he has another kind. You shall not sow your
profaned the hallowed offering of the field with mixed seed. Nor shall a
LORD; and that person shall be cut gar ment of mixed linen and wool
off from his people. come upon you.
9 “When you reap the har vest of 20 “Whoever lies carnally with a wo-
your land, you shall not wholly reap man who is betrothed to a man as a
the corners of your field, nor shall concubine, and who has not at all
you gather the gleanings of your har - been redeemed nor given her free-
vest. dom, for this there shall be scour-
10 And you shall not glean your ging; but they shall not be put to
vineyard, nor shall you gather every death, because she was not free.
g rape of your vineyard; you shall 21 And he shall bring his trespass
leave them for the poor and the offering to the LORD, to the door of
stranger: I am the LORD your God. the tabernacle of meeting, a ram as a
11 “You shall not steal, nor deal trespass offering.
falsely, nor lie to one another. 22 The priest shall make atonement
12 And you shall not swear by My for him with the ram of the trespass
name falsely, nor shall you profane offering before the LORD for his sin

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which he has committed. And the sin judgment, in measurement of length,


which he has committed shall be for- weight, or volume.
given him. 36 You shall have honest scales,
23 “When you come into the land, honest weights, an honest ephah, and
and have planted all kinds of trees an honest hin: I am the LORD your
for food, then you shall count their God, who brought you out of the
fr uit as uncircumcised. Three years it land of Eg ypt.
shall be as uncircumcised to you. It 37 “Therefore you shall obser ve all
shall not be eaten. My statutes and all My judgments,
24 But in the fourth year all its fr uit and perfor m them: I am the LORD.”‘
shall be holy, a praise to the LORD.
25 And in the fifth year you may eat CHAPTER 20
its fr uit, that it may yield to you its 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
increase: I am the LORD your God. saying,
26 “You shall not eat anything with 2 “Again, you shall say to the chil-
the blood, nor shall you practice dren of Israel: “Whoever of the chil-
divination or soothsaying. dren of Israel, or of the strangers
27 You shall not shave around the who dwell in Israel, who gives any of
sides of your head, nor shall you dis - his descendants to Molech, he shall
figure the edges of your beard. surely be put to death. The people of
28 You shall not make any cuttings the land shall stone him with stones.
in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo 3 I will set My face against that man,
any marks on you: I am the LORD. and will cut him off from his people,
29 “Do not prostitute your daughter, because he has given some of his
to cause her to be a harlot, lest the descendants to Molech, to defile My
land fall into harlotry, and the land sanctuary and profane My holy name.
become full of wickedness. 4 And if the people of the land
30 “You shall keep My Sabbaths and should in any way hide their eyes
reverence My sanctuary: I am the from the man, when he gives some of
LORD. his descendants to Molech, and they
31 “Give no regard to mediums and do not kill him,
familiar spirits; do not seek after 5 then I will set My face against that
them, to be defiled by them: I am the man and against his family; and I will
LORD your God. cut him off from his people, and all
32 “You shall rise before the gray who prostitute themselves with him
headed and honor the presence of an to commit harlotry with Molech.
old man, and fear your God: I am the 6 “And the person who turns to me -
LORD. diums and familiar spirits, to prosti-
33 “And if a stranger dwells with tute himself with them, I will set My
you in your land, you shall not mis- face against that person and cut him
treat him. off from his people.
34 The stranger who dwells among 7 Consecrate yourselves therefore,
you shall be to you as one born and be holy, for I am the LORD your
among you, and you shall love him as God.
yourself; for you were strangers in 8 And you shall keep My statutes,
the land of Eg ypt: I am the LORD and perfor m them: I am the LORD
your God. who sanctifies you.
35 “You shall do no injustice in 9 “For everyone who curses his fath-

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er or his mother shall surely be put to blood. Both of them shall be cut off
death. He has cursed his father or his from their people.
mother. His blood shall be upon him. 19 “You shall not uncover the naked-
10 “The man who commits adultery ness of your mother’s sister nor of
with another man’s wife, he who your father’s sister, for that would
commits adultery with his neighbor’s uncover his near of kin. They shall
wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, bear their guilt.
shall surely be put to death. 20 If a man lies with his uncle’s
11 The man who lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s na-
wife has uncovered his father’s na- kedness. They shall bear their sin;
kedness; both of them shall surely be they shall die childless.
put to death. Their blood shall be 21 If a man takes his brother’s wife,
upon them. it is an unclean thing. He has un-
12 If a man lies with his daughter- covered his brother’s nakedness. They
in-law, both of them shall surely be shall be childless.
put to death. They have committed 22 “You shall therefore keep all My
per version. Their blood shall be upon statutes and all My judgments, and
them. perfor m them, that the land where I
13 If a man lies with a male as he am bringing you to dwell may not
lies with a woman, both of them have vomit you out.
committed an abomination. They 23 And you shall not walk in the
shall surely be put to death. Their statutes of the nation which I am
blood shall be upon them. casting out before you; for they com-
14 If a man marries a woman and mit all these things, and therefore I
her mother, it is wickedness. They abhor them.
shall be burned with fire, both he and 24 But I have said to you, “You shall
they, that there may be no wickedness inherit their land, and I will give it to
among you. you to possess, a land flowing with
15 If a man mates with an animal, he milk and honey.” I am the LORD
shall surely be put to death, and you your God, who has separated you
shall kill the animal. from the peoples.
16 If a woman approaches any anim- 25 You shall therefore distinguish
al and mates with it, you shall kill the between clean animals and unclean,
woman and the animal. They shall between unclean birds and clean, and
surely be put to death. Their blood is you shall not make yourselves abom-
upon them. inable by beast or by bird, or by any
17 “If a man takes his sister, his kind of living thing that creeps on
father’s daughter or his mother’s the g round, which I have separated
daughter, and sees her nakedness and from you as unclean.
she sees his nakedness, it is a wicked 26 And you shall be holy to Me, for
thing. And they shall be cut off in I the LORD am holy, and have separ-
the sight of their people. He has un- ated you from the peoples, that you
covered his sister’s nakedness. He should be Mine.
shall bear his guilt. 27 “A man or a woman who is a me -
18 If a man lies with a woman dur- dium, or who has familiar spirits,
ing her sickness and uncovers her na- shall surely be put to death; they
kedness, he has exposed her flow, and shall stone them with stones. Their
she has uncovered the flow of her blood shall be upon them.”‘

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er or his mother;
CHAPTER 21 12 nor shall he g o out of the sanctu-
1 And the LORD said to Moses, ary, nor profane the sanctuary of his
“Speak to the priests, the sons of God; for the consecration of the
Aaron, and say to them: “None shall anointing oil of his God is upon him:
defile himself for the dead among his I am the LORD.
people, 13 And he shall take a wife in her
2 except for his relatives who are virginity.
nearest to him: his mother, his father, 14 A widow or a divorced woman or
his son, his daughter, and his brother; a defiled woman or a harlot—these
3 also his virgin sister who is near to he shall not marry; but he shall take a
him, who has had no husband, for virgin of his own people as wife.
her he may defile himself. 15 Nor shall he profane his posterity
4 Otherwise he shall not defile him- among his people, for I the LORD
self, being a chief man among his sanctify him.”‘
people, to profane himself. 16 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
5 “They shall not make any bald saying,
place on their heads, nor shall they 17 “Speak to Aaron, saying: “No
shave the edges of their beards nor man of your descendants in succeed-
make any cuttings in their flesh. ing generations, who has any defect,
6 They shall be holy to their God may approach to offer the bread of
and not profane the name of their his God.
God, for they offer the offerings of 18 For any man who has a defect
the LORD made by fire, and the shall not approach: a man blind or
bread of their God; therefore they lame, who has a marred face or any
shall be holy. limb too long,
7 They shall not take a wife who is a 19 a man who has a broken foot or
harlot or a defiled woman, nor shall broken hand,
they take a woman divorced from her 20 or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a
husband; for the priest is holy to his man who has a defect in his eye, or
God. eczema or scab, or is a eunuch.
8 Therefore you shall consecrate 21 No man of the descendants of
him, for he offers the bread of your Aaron the priest, who has a defect,
God. He shall be holy to you, for I shall come near to offer the offerings
the LORD, who sanctify you, am made by fire to the LORD. He has a
holy. defect; he shall not come near to of-
9 The daughter of any priest, if she fer the bread of his God.
profanes herself by playing the har- 22 He may eat the bread of his God,
lot, she profanes her father. She shall both the most holy and the holy;
be burned with fire. 23 only he shall not g o near the veil
10 “He who is the high priest among or approach the altar, because he has
his brethren, on whose head the a defect, lest he profane My sanctuar-
anointing oil was poured and who is ies; for I the LORD sanctify them.”‘
consecrated to wear the gar ments, 24 And Moses told it to Aaron and
shall not uncover his head nor tear his sons, and to all the children of Is-
his clothes; rael.
11 nor shall he g o near any dead
body, nor defile himself for his fath- CHAPTER 22

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1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, eat the holy thing.


saying, 11 But if the priest buys a person
2 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, that with his money, he may eat it; and
they separate themselves from the one who is born in his house may eat
holy things of the children of Israel, his food.
and that they do not profane My holy 12 If the priest’s daughter is married
name by what they dedicate to Me: I to an outsider, she may not eat of the
am the LORD. holy offerings.
3 Say to them: “Whoever of all your 13 But if the priest’s daughter is a
descendants throughout your genera- widow or divorced, and has no child,
tions, who g oes near the holy things and has returned to her father’s
which the children of Israel dedicate house as in her youth, she may eat
to the LORD, while he has unclean- her father’s food; but no outsider
ness upon him, that person shall be shall eat it.
cut off from My presence: I am the 14 “And if a man eats the holy offer -
LORD. ing unintentionally, then he shall re-
store a holy offering to the priest,
4 “Whatever man of the descendants and add one-fifth to it.
of Aaron, who is a leper or has a dis - 15 They shall not profane the holy
charge, shall not eat the holy offer- offerings of the children of Israel,
ings until he is clean. And whoever which they offer to the LORD,
touches anything made unclean by a 16 or allow them to bear the guilt of
corpse, or a man who has had an trespass when they eat their holy of-
emission of semen, ferings; for I the LORD sanctify
5 or whoever touches any creeping them.”‘
thing by which he would be made un- 17 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
clean, or any person by whom he saying,
would become unclean, whatever his 18 “Speak to Aaron and his sons,
uncleanness may be— and to all the children of Israel, and
6 the person who has touched any say to them: “Whatever man of the
such thing shall be unclean until house of Israel, or of the strangers
evening, and shall not eat the holy in Israel, who offers his sacrifice for
offerings unless he washes his body any of his vows or for any of his
with water. freewill offerings, which they offer to
7 And when the sun g oes down he the LORD as a burnt offering—
shall be clean; and afterward he may 19 you shall offer of your own free
eat the holy offerings, because it is will a male without blemish from the
his food. cattle, from the sheep, or from the
8 Whatever dies naturally or is torn g oats.
by beasts he shall not eat, to defile 20 Whatever has a defect, you shall
himself with it: I am the LORD. not offer, for it shall not be accept -
9 “They shall therefore keep My or- able on your behalf.
dinance, lest they bear sin for it and 21 And whoever offers a sacrifice of
die thereby, if they profane it: I the a peace offering to the LORD, to ful-
LORD sanctify them. fill his vow, or a freewill offering
10 “No outsider shall eat the holy from the cattle or the sheep, it must
offering; one who dwells with the be perfect to be accepted; there shall
priest, or a hired ser vant, shall not be no defect in it.

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22 Those that are blind or broken or saying,


maimed, or have an ulcer or eczema 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
or scabs, you shall not offer to the and say to them: “The feasts of the
LORD, nor make an offering by fire LORD, which you shall proclaim to
of them on the altar to the LORD. be holy convocations, these are My
23 Either a bull or a lamb that has feasts.
any limb too long or too short you 3 “Six days shall work be done, but
may offer as a freewill offering, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of sol-
for a vow it shall not be accepted. emn rest, a holy convocation. You
24 “You shall not offer to the LORD shall do no work on it; it is the Sab-
what is bruised or crushed, or torn or bath of the LORD in all your dwell-
cut; nor shall you make any offering ings.
of them in your land. 4 “These are the feasts of the
25 Nor from a foreigner’s hand shall LORD, holy convocations which you
you offer any of these as the bread shall proclaim at their appointed
of your God, because their corrup- times.
tion is in them, and defects are in 5 On the fourteenth day of the first
them. They shall not be accepted on month at twilight is the LORD’s Pas-
your behalf.”‘ sover.
26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, 6 And on the fifteenth day of the
saying: same month is the Feast of Un-
27 “When a bull or a sheep or a g oat leavened Bread to the LORD; seven
is bor n, it shall be seven days with its days you must eat unleavened bread.
mother; and from the eighth day and 7 On the first day you shall have a
thereafter it shall be accepted as an holy convocation; you shall do no
offering made by fire to the LORD. customary work on it.
28 Whether it is a cow or ewe, do 8 But you shall offer an offering
not kill both her and her young on made by fire to the LORD for seven
the same day. days. The seventh day shall be a holy
29 And when you offer a sacrifice of convocation; you shall do no custom-
thanksgiving to the LORD, offer it of ary work on it.”‘
your own free will. 9 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
30 On the same day it shall be eaten; saying,
you shall leave none of it until morn- 10 “Speak to the children of Israel,
ing: I am the LORD. and say to them: “When you come
31 “Therefore you shall keep My into the land which I give to you, and
commandments, and perfor m them: I reap its har vest, then you shall bring
am the LORD. a sheaf of the firstfruits of your har -
32 You shall not profane My holy vest to the priest.
name, but I will be hallowed among 11 He shall wave the sheaf before
the children of Israel. I am the the LORD, to be accepted on your
LORD who sanctifies you, behalf; on the day after the Sabbath
33 who brought you out of the land the priest shall wave it.
of Eg ypt, to be your God: I am the 12 And you shall offer on that day,
LORD.” when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb
of the first year, without blemish, as
CHAPTER 23 a burnt offering to the LORD.
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, 13 Its grain offering shall be two-

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tenths of an ephah of fine flour out your generations.


mixed with oil, an offering made by 22 “When you reap the har vest of
fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; your land, you shall not wholly reap
and its drink offering shall be of the corners of your field when you
wine, one-fourth of a hin. reap, nor shall you gather any glean-
14 You shall eat neither bread nor ing from your har vest. You shall
parched g rain nor fresh g rain until leave them for the poor and for the
the same day that you have brought stranger: I am the LORD your God.”‘
an offering to your God; it shall be a 23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
statute forever throughout your gen- saying,
erations in all your dwellings. 24 “Speak to the children of Israel,
15 “And you shall count for saying: “In the seventh month, on the
yourselves from the day after the first day of the month, you shall have
Sabbath, from the day that you a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blow-
brought the sheaf of the wave offer- ing of tr umpets, a holy convocation.
ing: seven Sabbaths shall be com- 25 You shall do no customary work
pleted. on it; and you shall offer an offering
16 Count fifty days to the day after made by fire to the LORD.”‘
the seventh Sabbath; then you shall 26 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
offer a new grain offering to the saying:
LORD. 27 “Also the tenth day of this sev-
17 You shall bring from your dwell- enth month shall be the Day of
ings two wave loaves of two-tenths Atonement. It shall be a holy convoc-
of an ephah. They shall be of fine ation for you; you shall afflict your
flour; they shall be baked with leaven. souls, and offer an offering made by
They are the firstfruits to the LORD. fire to the LORD.
18 And you shall offer with the 28 And you shall do no work on that
bread seven lambs of the first year, same day, for it is the Day of Atone-
without blemish, one young bull, and ment, to make atonement for you be-
two rams. They shall be as a burnt of- fore the LORD your God.
fering to the LORD, with their g rain 29 For any person who is not afflic-
offering and their drink offerings, an ted in soul on that same day shall be
offering made by fire for a sweet cut off from his people.
aroma to the LORD. 30 And any person who does any
19 Then you shall sacrifice one kid work on that same day, that person I
of the g oats as a sin offering, and will destroy from among his people.
two male lambs of the first year as a 31 You shall do no manner of work;
sacrifice of a peace offering. it shall be a statute forever through-
20 The priest shall wave them with out your generations in all your
the bread of the firstfr uits as a wave dwellings.
offering before the LORD, with the 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of
two lambs. They shall be holy to the solemn rest, and you shall afflict your
LORD for the priest. souls; on the ninth day of the month
21 And you shall proclaim on the at evening, from evening to evening,
same day that it is a holy convocation you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
to you. You shall do no customary 33 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
work on it. It shall be a statute saying,
forever in all your dwellings through- 34 “Speak to the children of Israel,

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saying: “The fifteenth day of this 43 that your generations may know
seventh month shall be the Feast of that I made the children of Israel
Tabernacles for seven days to the dwell in booths when I brought them
LORD. out of the land of Eg ypt: I am the
35 On the first day there shall be a LORD your God.”‘
holy convocation. You shall do no 44 So Moses declared to the children
customary work on it. of Israel the feasts of the LORD.
36 For seven days you shall offer an
offering made by fire to the LORD. CHAPTER 24
On the eighth day you shall have a 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
holy convocation, and you shall offer saying:
an offering made by fire to the 2 “Command the children of Israel
LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and that they bring to you pure oil of
you shall do no customary work on it. pressed olives for the light, to make
37 “These are the feasts of the the lamps burn continually.
LORD which you shall proclaim to be 3 Outside the veil of the Testimony,
holy convocations, to offer an offer- in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron
ing made by fire to the LORD, a shall be in charge of it from evening
burnt offering and a g rain offering, a until morning before the LORD con-
sacrifice and drink offerings, tinually; it shall be a statute forever
ever ything on its day— in your generations.
38 besides the Sabbaths of the 4 He shall be in charge of the lamps
LORD, besides your gifts, besides all on the pure g old lampstand before
your vows, and besides all your the LORD continually.
freewill offerings which you give to 5 “And you shall take fine flour and
the LORD. bake twelve cakes with it. Two-tenths
39 “Also on the fifteenth day of the of an ephah shall be in each cake.
seventh month, when you have 6 You shall set them in two rows, six
gathered in the fr uit of the land, you in a row, on the pure g old table be -
shall keep the feast of the LORD for fore the LORD.
seven days; on the first day there 7 And you shall put pure frankin-
shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the cense on each row, that it may be on
eighth day a sabbath-rest. the bread for a memorial, an offering
40 And you shall take for yourselves made by fire to the LORD.
on the first day the fruit of beautiful 8 Every Sabbath he shall set it in or -
trees, branches of palm trees, the der before the LORD continually, be-
boughs of leafy trees, and willows of ing taken from the children of Israel
the brook; and you shall rejoice be- by an everlasting covenant.
fore the LORD your God for seven 9 And it shall be for Aaron and his
days. sons, and they shall eat it in a holy
41 You shall keep it as a feast to the place; for it is most holy to him from
LORD for seven days in the year. It the offerings of the LORD made by
shall be a statute forever in your gen- fire, by a perpetual statute.”
erations. You shall celebrate it in the 10 Now the son of an Israelite wo-
seventh month. man, whose father was an Eg yptian,
42 You shall dwell in booths for sev- went out among the children of Is -
en days. All who are native Israelites rael; and this Israelite woman’s son
shall dwell in booths, and a man of Israel fought each oth -

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er in the camp. stoned him with stones. So the chil-


11 And the Israelite woman’s son dren of Israel did as the LORD com-
blasphemed the name of the LORD manded Moses.
and cursed; and so they brought him
to Moses. (His mother’s name was CHAPTER 25
Shelomith the daughter of Dibri, of 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses on
the tribe of Dan.) Mount Sinai, saying,
12 Then they put him in custody, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
that the mind of the LORD might be and say to them: “When you come
shown to them. into the land which I give you, then
13 And the LORD spoke to Moses, the land shall keep a sabbath to the
saying, LORD.
14 “Take outside the camp him who 3 Six years you shall sow your field,
has cursed; then let all who heard and six years you shall pr une your
him lay their hands on his head, and vineyard, and gather its fr uit;
let all the cong regation stone him. 4 but in the seventh year there shall
15 “Then you shall speak to the chil- be a sabbath of solemn rest for the
dren of Israel, saying: “Whoever land, a sabbath to the LORD. You
curses his God shall bear his sin. shall neither sow your field nor pr une
16 And whoever blasphemes the your vineyard.
name of the LORD shall surely be 5 What g rows of its own accord of
put to death. All the cong regation your har vest you shall not reap, nor
shall certainly stone him, the stranger gather the grapes of your untended
as well as him who is born in the vine, for it is a year of rest for the
land. When he blasphemes the name land.
of the LORD, he shall be put to 6 And the sabbath produce of the
death. land shall be food for you: for you,
17 “Whoever kills any man shall your male and female ser vants, your
surely be put to death. hired man, and the stranger who
18 Whoever kills an animal shall dwells with you,
make it g ood, animal for animal. 7 for your livestock and the beasts
19 “If a man causes disfigurement that are in your land—all its produce
of his neighbor, as he has done, so shall be for food.
shall it be done to him— 8 “And you shall count seven sab-
20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, baths of years for yourself, seven
tooth for tooth; as he has caused dis - times seven years; and the time of
figurement of a man, so shall it be the seven sabbaths of years shall be
done to him. to you forty-nine years.
21 And whoever kills an animal shall 9 Then you shall cause the tr umpet
restore it; but whoever kills a man of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth
shall be put to death. day of the seventh month; on the
22 You shall have the same law for Day of Atonement you shall make
the stranger and for one from your the tr umpet to sound throughout all
own country; for I am the LORD your land.
your God.”‘ 10 And you shall consecrate the
23 Then Moses spoke to the children fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
of Israel; and they took outside the throughout all the land to all its in -
camp him who had cursed, and habitants. It shall be a Jubilee for

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you; and each of you shall return to in, you shall eat of the old har vest.
his possession, and each of you shall 23 “The land shall not be sold per -
return to his family. manently, for the land is Mine; for
11 That fiftieth year shall be a Ju- you are strangers and sojourners with
bilee to you; in it you shall neither Me.
sow nor reap what g rows of its own 24 And in all the land of your pos-
accord, nor gather the g rapes of your session you shall grant redemption of
untended vine. the land.
12 For it is the Jubilee; it shall be 25 “If one of your brethren be-
holy to you; you shall eat its produce comes poor, and has sold some of his
from the field. possession, and if his redeeming rel-
13 “In this Year of Jubilee, each of ative comes to redeem it, then he may
you shall return to his possession. redeem what his brother sold.
14 And if you sell anything to your 26 Or if the man has no one to re -
neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s deem it, but he himself becomes able
hand, you shall not oppress one an- to redeem it,
other. 27 then let him count the years since
15 According to the number of years its sale, and restore the remainder to
after the Jubilee you shall buy from the man to whom he sold it, that he
your neighbor, and according to the may return to his possession.
number of years of crops he shall 28 But if he is not able to have it re-
sell to you. stored to himself, then what was sold
16 According to the multitude of shall remain in the hand of him who
years you shall increase its price, and bought it until the Year of Jubilee;
according to the fewer number of and in the Jubilee it shall be released,
years you shall diminish its price; for and he shall return to his possession.
he sells to you according to the num- 29 “If a man sells a house in a
ber of the years of the crops. walled city, then he may redeem it
17 Therefore you shall not oppress within a whole year after it is sold;
one another, but you shall fear your within a full year he may redeem it.
God; for I am the LORD your God. 30 But if it is not redeemed within
18 “So you shall obser ve My statutes the space of a full year, then the
and keep My judgments, and perfor m house in the walled city shall belong
them; and you will dwell in the land per manently to him who bought it,
in safety. throughout his generations. It shall
19 Then the land will yield its fr uit, not be released in the Jubilee.
and you will eat your fill, and dwell 31 However the houses of villages
there in safety. which have no wall around them shall
20 “And if you say, “What shall we be counted as the fields of the coun-
eat in the seventh year, since we shall try. They may be redeemed, and they
not sow nor gather in our produce?” shall be released in the Jubilee.
21 Then I will command My blessing 32 Nevertheless the cities of the
on you in the sixth year, and it will Levites, and the houses in the cities
bring forth produce enough for three of their possession, the Levites may
years. redeem at any time.
22 And you shall sow in the eighth 33 And if a man purchases a house
year, and eat old produce until the from the Levites, then the house that
ninth year; until its produce comes was sold in the city of his possession

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shall be released in the Jubilee; for your land; and they shall become your
the houses in the cities of the Levites property.
are their possession among the chil- 46 And you may take them as an in -
dren of Israel. heritance for your children after you,
34 But the field of the common-land to inherit them as a possession; they
of their cities may not be sold, for it shall be your per manent slaves. But
is their perpetual possession. regarding your brethren, the children
35 “If one of your brethren be- of Israel, you shall not rule over one
comes poor, and falls into poverty another with rig or.
among you, then you shall help him, 47 “Now if a sojourner or stranger
like a stranger or a sojourner, that he close to you becomes rich, and one
may live with you. of your brethren who dwells by him
36 Take no usury or interest from becomes poor, and sells himself to
him; but fear your God, that your the stranger or sojourner close to
brother may live with you. you, or to a member of the stranger’s
37 You shall not lend him your family,
money for usury, nor lend him your 48 after he is sold he may be re-
food at a profit. deemed again. One of his brothers
38 I am the LORD your God, who may redeem him;
brought you out of the land of 49 or his uncle or his uncle’s son
Eg ypt, to give you the land of may redeem him; or anyone who is
Canaan and to be your God. near of kin to him in his family may
39 “And if one of your brethren redeem him; or if he is able he may
who dwells by you becomes poor, and redeem himself.
sells himself to you, you shall not 50 Thus he shall reckon with him
compel him to ser ve as a slave. who bought him: The price of his re -
40 As a hired ser vant and a sojourn- lease shall be according to the num-
er he shall be with you, and shall ber of years, from the year that he
ser ve you until the Year of Jubilee. was sold to him until the Year of Ju-
41 And then he shall depart from bilee; it shall be according to the time
you—he and his children with him— of a hired ser vant for him.
and shall return to his own family. He 51 If there are still many years re -
shall return to the possession of his maining, according to them he shall
fathers. repay the price of his redemption
42 For they are My ser vants, whom I from the money with which he was
brought out of the land of Eg ypt; bought.
they shall not be sold as slaves. 52 And if there remain but a few
43 You shall not rule over him with years until the Year of Jubilee, then
rig or, but you shall fear your God. he shall reckon with him, and accord-
44 And as for your male and female ing to his years he shall repay him the
slaves whom you may have—from the price of his redemption.
nations that are around you, from 53 He shall be with him as a yearly
them you may buy male and female hired ser vant, and he shall not r ule
slaves. with rig or over him in your sight.
45 Moreover you may buy the chil- 54 And if he is not redeemed in
dren of the strangers who dwell these years, then he shall be released
among you, and their families who in the Year of Jubilee—he and his
are with you, which they beget in children with him.

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55 For the children of Israel are ser - your God, and you shall be My
vants to Me; they are My ser vants people.
whom I brought out of the land of 13 I am the LORD your God, who
Eg ypt: I am the LORD your God. brought you out of the land of
Eg ypt, that you should not be their
CHAPTER 26 slaves; I have broken the bands of
1 “You shall not make idols for your yoke and made you walk upright.
yourselves; neither a car ved image 14 “But if you do not obey Me, and
nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up do not obser ve all these command-
for yourselves; nor shall you set up ments,
an eng raved stone in your land, to 15 and if you despise My statutes, or
bow down to it; for I am the LORD if your soul abhors My judgments, so
your God. that you do not perfor m all My com-
2 You shall keep My Sabbaths and mandments, but break My covenant,
reverence My sanctuary: I am the 16 I also will do this to you: I will
LORD. even appoint terror over you, wasting
3 “If you walk in My statutes and disease and fever which shall con-
keep My commandments, and per- sume the eyes and cause sorrow of
for m them, heart. And you shall sow your seed in
4 then I will give you rain in its sea- vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
son, the land shall yield its produce, 17 I will set My face against you, and
and the trees of the field shall yield you shall be defeated by your en-
their fr uit. emies. 1 Those who hate you shall
5 Your threshing shall last till the reign over you, and you shall flee
time of vintage, and the vintage shall when no one pursues you.
last till the time of sowing; you shall 18 “And after all this, if you do not
eat your bread to the full, and dwell obey Me, then I will punish you seven
in your land safely. times more for your sins.
6 I will give peace in the land, and 19 I will break the pride of your
you shall lie down, and none will power; I will make your heavens like
make you afraid; I will rid the land of iron and your earth like bronze.
evil beasts, and the sword will not g o 20 And your strength shall be spent
through your land. in vain; for your land shall not yield
7 You will chase your enemies, and its produce, nor shall the trees of the
they shall fall by the sword before land yield their fr uit.
you. 21 “Then, if you walk contrary to
8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I
and a hundred of you shall put ten will bring on you seven times more
thousand to flight; your enemies shall plagues, according to your sins.
fall by the sword before you. 22 I will also send wild beasts among
9 “For I will look on you favorably you, which shall rob you of your chil-
and make you fr uitful, multiply you dren, destroy your livestock, and
and confir m My covenant with you. make you few in number; and your
10 You shall eat the old har vest, and highways shall be desolate.
clear out the old because of the new. 23 “And if by these things you are
11 I will set My tabernacle among not refor med by Me, but walk con-
you, and My soul shall not abhor you. trary to Me,
12 I will walk among you and be 24 then I also will walk contrary to

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you, and I will punish you yet seven hearts in the lands of their enemies;
times for your sins. the sound of a shaken leaf shall
25 And I will bring a sword against cause them to flee; they shall flee as
you that will execute the vengeance though fleeing from a sword, and
of the covenant; when you are they shall fall when no one pursues.
gathered together within your cities I
will send pestilence among you; and 37 They shall stumble over one an-
you shall be delivered into the hand other, as it were before a sword,
of the enemy. when no one pursues; and you shall
26 When I have cut off your supply have no power to stand before your
of bread, ten women shall bake your enemies.
bread in one oven, and they shall 38 You shall perish among the na-
bring back your bread by weight, and tions, and the land of your enemies
you shall eat and not be satisfied. shall eat you up.
27 “And after all this, if you do not 39 And those of you who are left
obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, shall waste away in their iniquity in
28 then I also will walk contrary to your enemies’ lands; also in their
you in fury; and I, even I, will chas- fathers’ iniquities, which are with
tise you seven times for your sins. them, they shall waste away.
29 You shall eat the flesh of your 40 “But if they confess their iniquity
sons, and you shall eat the flesh of and the iniquity of their fathers, with
your daughters. their unfaithfulness in which they
30 I will destroy your high places, were unfaithful to Me, and that they
cut down your incense altars, and cast also have walked contrary to Me,
your carcasses on the lifeless for ms 41 and that I also have walked con-
of your idols; and My soul shall ab - trary to them and have brought them
hor you. into the land of their enemies; if
31 I will lay your cities waste and their uncircumcised hearts are
bring your sanctuaries to desolation, humbled, and they accept their guilt
and I will not smell the frag rance of —
your sweet aromas. 42 then I will remember My coven-
32 I will bring the land to desola- ant with Jacob, and My covenant with
tion, and your enemies who dwell in Isaac and My covenant with Abraham
it shall be astonished at it. I will remember; I will remember the
33 I will scatter you among the na- land.
tions and draw out a sword after you; 43 The land also shall be left empty
your land shall be desolate and your by them, and will enjoy its sabbaths
cities waste. while it lies desolate without them;
34 Then the land shall enjoy its sab- they will accept their guilt, because
baths as long as it lies desolate and they despised My judgments and be-
you are in your enemies’ land; then cause their soul abhorred My statutes.
the land shall rest and enjoy its sab- 44 Yet for all that, when they are in
baths. the land of their enemies, I will not
35 As long as it lies desolate it shall cast them away, nor shall I abhor
rest— for the time it did not rest on them, to utterly destroy them and
your sabbaths when you dwelt in it. break My covenant with them; for I
36 “And as for those of you who are am the LORD their God.
left, I will send faintness into their 45 But for their sake I will remem-

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ber the covenant of their ancestors, be holy.


whom I brought out of the land of 10 He shall not substitute it or ex-
Eg ypt in the sight of the nations, change it, g ood for bad or bad for
that I might be their God: I am the g ood; and if he at all exchanges an -
LORD.”‘ imal for animal, then both it and the
46 These are the statutes and judg- one exchanged for it shall be holy.
ments and laws which the LORD 11 If it is an unclean animal which
made between Himself and the chil- they do not offer as a sacrifice to the
dren of Israel on Mount Sinai by the LORD, then he shall present the an-
hand of Moses. imal before the priest;
12 and the priest shall set a value for
CHAPTER 27 it, whether it is g ood or bad; as you,
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, the priest, value it, so it shall be.
saying, 13 But if he wants at all to redeem
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, it, then he must add one-fifth to your
and say to them: “When a man con- valuation.
secrates by a vow certain persons to 14 “And when a man dedicates his
the LORD, according to your valu- house to be holy to the LORD, then
ation, the priest shall set a value for it,
3 if your valuation is of a male from whether it is g ood or bad; as the
twenty years old up to sixty years old, priest values it, so it shall stand.
then your valuation shall be fifty 15 If he who dedicated it wants to
shekels of silver, according to the redeem his house, then he must add
shekel of the sanctuary. one-fifth of the money of your valu-
4 If it is a female, then your valu- ation to it, and it shall be his.
ation shall be thirty shekels; 16 “If a man dedicates to the LORD
5 and if from five years old up to part of a field of his possession, then
twenty years old, then your valuation your valuation shall be according to
for a male shall be twenty shekels, the seed for it. A homer of barley
and for a female ten shekels; seed shall be valued at fifty shekels
6 and if from a month old up to five of silver.
years old, then your valuation for a 17 If he dedicates his field from the
male shall be five shekels of silver, Year of Jubilee, according to your
and for a female your valuation shall valuation it shall stand.
be three shekels of silver; 18 But if he dedicates his field after
7 and if from sixty years old and the Jubilee, then the priest shall reck-
above, if it is a male, then your valu- on to him the money due according
ation shall be fifteen shekels, and for to the years that remain till the Year
a female ten shekels. of Jubilee, and it shall be deducted
8 “But if he is too poor to pay your from your valuation.
valuation, then he shall present him- 19 And if he who dedicates the field
self before the priest, and the priest ever wishes to redeem it, then he
shall set a value for him; according to must add one-fifth of the money of
the ability of him who vowed, the your valuation to it, and it shall be -
priest shall value him. long to him.
9 “If it is an animal that men may 20 But if he does not want to re-
bring as an offering to the LORD, all deem the field, or if he has sold the
that anyone gives to the LORD shall field to another man, it shall not be

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redeemed anymore; fifth to it.


21 but the field, when it is released 32 And concerning the tithe of the
in the Jubilee, shall be holy to the herd or the flock, of whatever passes
LORD, as a devoted field; it shall be under the rod, the tenth one shall be
the possession of the priest. holy to the LORD.
22 “And if a man dedicates to the 33 He shall not inquire whether it is
LORD a field which he has bought, g ood or bad, nor shall he exchange it;
which is not the field of his posses - and if he exchanges it at all, then
sion, both it and the one exchanged for it
23 then the priest shall reckon to shall be holy; it shall not be re-
him the worth of your valuation, up deemed.”‘
to the Year of Jubilee, and he shall 34 These are the commandments
give your valuation on that day as a which the LORD commanded Moses
holy offering to the LORD. for the children of Israel on Mount
24 In the Year of Jubilee the field Sinai.
shall return to him from whom it was
bought, to the one who owned the
land as a possession.
25 And all your valuations shall be
according to the shekel of the sanc-
tuar y: twenty gerahs to the shekel.
26 “But the firstborn of the animals,
which should be the LORD’s first-
born, no man shall dedicate; whether
it is an ox or sheep, it is the LORD’s.
27 And if it is an unclean animal,
then he shall redeem it according to
your valuation, and shall add one-
fifth to it; or if it is not redeemed,
then it shall be sold according to
your valuation.
28 “Nevertheless no devoted offer-
ing that a man may devote to the
LORD of all that he has, both man
and beast, or the field of his posses-
sion, shall be sold or redeemed; every
devoted offering is most holy to the
LORD.
29 No person under the ban, who
may become doomed to destr uction
among men, shall be redeemed, but
shall surely be put to death.
30 And all the tithe of the land,
whether of the seed of the land or of
the fr uit of the tree, is the LORD’s.
It is holy to the LORD.
31 If a man wants at all to redeem
any of his tithes, he shall add one-

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NUMBERS
CHAPTER 1 15 from Naphtali, Ahira the son of
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses in Enan.”
the Wilderness of Sinai, in the taber - 16 These were chosen from the con-
nacle of meeting, on the first day of g regation, leaders of their fathers’
the second month, in the second year tribes, heads of the divisions in Is-
after they had come out of the land rael.
of Eg ypt, saying: 17 Then Moses and Aaron took these
2 “Take a census of all the cong reg - men who had been mentioned by
ation of the children of Israel, by name,
their families, by their fathers’ 18 and they assembled all the con-
houses, according to the number of g regation together on the first day of
names, every male individually, the second month; and they recited
3 from twenty years old and above— their ancestry by families, by their
all who are able to g o to war in Is- fathers’ houses, according to the
rael. You and Aaron shall number number of names, from twenty years
them by their ar mies. old and above, each one individually.
4 And with you there shall be a man 19 As the LORD commanded Moses,
from every tribe, each one the head so he numbered them in the Wilder -
of his father’s house. ness of Sinai.
5 “These are the names of the men 20 Now the children of Reuben, Is-
who shall stand with you: from Re- rael’s oldest son, their genealogies by
uben, Elizur the son of Shedeur; their families, by their fathers’ house,
6 from Simeon, Shelumiel the son of according to the number of names,
Zurishaddai; every male individually, from twenty
7 from Judah, Nahshon the son of years old and above, all who were
Amminadab; able to g o to war:
8 from Issachar, Nethanel the son of 21 those who were numbered of the
Zuar; tribe of Reuben were forty-six thou-
9 from Zebulun, Eliab the son of sand five hundred.
Helon; 22 From the children of Simeon,
10 from the sons of Joseph: from their genealogies by their families, by
Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammi- their fathers’ house, of those who
hud; from Manasseh, Gamaliel the were numbered, according to the
son of Pedahzur; number of names, every male indi-
11 from Benjamin, Abidan the son vidually, from twenty years old and
of Gideoni; above, all who were able to g o to
12 from Dan, Ahiezer the son of war:
Ammishaddai; 23 those who were numbered of the
13 from Asher, Pagiel the son of tribe of Simeon were fifty-nine thou-
Ocran; sand three hundred.
14 from Gad, Eliasaph the son of 24 From the children of Gad, their
Deuel; genealogies by their families, by their

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fathers’ house, according to the num- old and above, all who were able to
ber of names, from twenty years old g o to war:
and above, all who were able to g o to 35 those who were numbered of the
war : tribe of Manasseh were thirty-two
25 those who were numbered of the thousand two hundred.
tribe of Gad were forty-five thousand 36 From the children of Benjamin,
six hundred and fifty. their genealogies by their families, by
26 From the children of Judah, their their fathers’ house, according to the
genealogies by their families, by their number of names, from twenty years
fathers’ house, according to the num- old and above, all who were able to
ber of names, from twenty years old g o to war:
and above, all who were able to g o to 37 those who were numbered of the
war : tribe of Benjamin were thirty-five
27 those who were numbered of the thousand four hundred.
tribe of Judah were seventy-four 38 From the children of Dan, their
thousand six hundred. genealogies by their families, by their
28 From the children of Issachar, fathers’ house, according to the num-
their genealogies by their families, by ber of names, from twenty years old
their fathers’ house, according to the and above, all who were able to g o to
number of names, from twenty years war:
old and above, all who were able to 39 those who were numbered of the
g o to war: tribe of Dan were sixty-two thousand
29 those who were numbered of the seven hundred.
tribe of Issachar were fifty-four 40 From the children of Asher, their
thousand four hundred. genealogies by their families, by their
30 From the children of Zebulun, fathers’ house, according to the num-
their genealogies by their families, by ber of names, from twenty years old
their fathers’ house, according to the and above, all who were able to g o to
number of names, from twenty years war:
old and above, all who were able to 41 those who were numbered of the
g o to war: tribe of Asher were forty-one thou-
31 those who were numbered of the sand five hundred.
tribe of Zebulun were fifty-seven 42 From the children of Naphtali,
thousand four hundred. their genealogies by their families, by
32 From the sons of Joseph, the their fathers’ house, according to the
children of Ephraim, their genealo- number of names, from twenty years
gies by their families, by their fathers’ old and above, all who were able to
house, according to the number of g o to war:
names, from twenty years old and 43 those who were numbered of the
above, all who were able to g o to tribe of Naphtali were fifty-three
war : thousand four hundred.
33 those who were numbered of the 44 These are the ones who were
tribe of Ephraim were forty thousand numbered, whom Moses and Aaron
five hundred. numbered, with the leaders of Israel,
34 From the children of Manasseh, twelve men, each one representing his
their genealogies by their families, by father’s house.
their fathers’ house, according to the 45 So all who were numbered of the
number of names, from twenty years children of Israel, by their fathers’

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houses, from twenty years old and from the tabernacle of meeting.
above, all who were able to g o to war 3 On the east side, toward the rising
in Israel— of the sun, those of the standard of
46 all who were numbered were six the forces with Judah shall camp ac-
hundred and three thousand five hun- cording to their ar mies; and Nahshon
dred and fifty. the son of Amminadab shall be the
47 But the Levites were not leader of the children of Judah.”
numbered among them by their fath- 4 And his ar my was numbered at
ers’ tribe; seventy-four thousand six hundred.
48 for the LORD had spoken to 5 “Those who camp next to him
Moses, saying: shall be the tribe of Issachar, and
49 “Only the tribe of Levi you shall Nethanel the son of Zuar shall be the
not number, nor take a census of leader of the children of Issachar.”
them among the children of Israel; 6 And his ar my was numbered at
50 but you shall appoint the Levites fifty-four thousand four hundred.
over the tabernacle of the Testimony, 7 “Then comes the tribe of Zebulun,
over all its furnishings, and over all and Eliab the son of Helon shall be
things that belong to it; they shall the leader of the children of Zebu-
car r y the tabernacle and all its fur - lun.”
nishings; they shall attend to it and 8 And his ar my was numbered at
camp around the tabernacle. fifty-seven thousand four hundred.
51 And when the tabernacle is to g o 9 “All who were numbered according
forward, the Levites shall take it to their ar mies of the forces with
down; and when the tabernacle is to Judah, one hundred and eighty-six
be set up, the Levites shall set it up. thousand four hundred—these shall
The outsider who comes near shall be break camp first.
put to death. 10 “On the south side shall be the
52 The children of Israel shall pitch standard of the forces with Reuben
their tents, everyone by his own according to their ar mies, and the
camp, everyone by his own standard, leader of the children of Reuben
according to their armies; shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur.”
53 but the Levites shall camp around 11 And his ar my was numbered at
the tabernacle of the Testimony, that forty-six thousand five hundred.
there may be no wrath on the con- 12 “Those who camp next to him
g regation of the children of Israel; shall be the tribe of Simeon, and the
and the Levites shall keep charge of leader of the children of Simeon
the tabernacle of the Testimony.” shall be Shelumiel the son of Zur-
54 Thus the children of Israel did; ishaddai.”
according to all that the LORD com- 13 And his ar my was numbered at
manded Moses, so they did. fifty-nine thousand three hundred.
14 “Then comes the tribe of Gad,
CHAPTER 2 and the leader of the children of Gad
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel.”
and Aaron, saying: 15 And his ar my was numbered at
2 “Ever yone of the children of Is- forty-five thousand six hundred and
rael shall camp by his own standard, fifty.
beside the emblems of his father’s 16 “All who were numbered accord-
house; they shall camp some distance ing to their armies of the forces with

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Reuben, one hundred and fifty-one 29 “Then comes the tribe of


thousand four hundred and fifty— Naphtali, and the leader of the chil-
they shall be the second to break dren of Naphtali shall be Ahira the
camp. son of Enan.”
17 “And the tabernacle of meeting 30 And his ar my was numbered at
shall move out with the camp of the fifty-three thousand four hundred.
Levites in the middle of the camps; 31 “All who were numbered of the
as they camp, so they shall move out, forces with Dan, one hundred and
ever yone in his place, by their stand- fifty-seven thousand six hundred—
ards. they shall break camp last, with their
18 “On the west side shall be the standards.”
standard of the forces with Ephraim 32 These are the ones who were
according to their ar mies, and the numbered of the children of Israel
leader of the children of Ephraim by their fathers’ houses. All who were
shall be Elishama the son of Ammi- numbered according to their ar mies
hud.” of the forces were six hundred and
19 And his ar my was numbered at three thousand five hundred and fifty.
forty thousand five hundred. 33 But the Levites were not
20 “Next to him comes the tribe of numbered among the children of Is-
Manasseh, and the leader of the chil- rael, just as the LORD commanded
dren of Manasseh shall be Gamaliel Moses.
the son of Pedahzur.” 34 Thus the children of Israel did
21 And his ar my was numbered at according to all that the LORD com-
thirty-two thousand two hundred. manded Moses; so they camped by
22 “Then comes the tribe of Ben- their standards and so they broke
jamin, and the leader of the children camp, each one by his family, accord-
of Benjamin shall be Abidan the son ing to their fathers’ houses.
of Gideoni.”
23 And his ar my was numbered at CHAPTER 3
thirty-five thousand four hundred. 1 Now these are the records of
24 “All who were numbered accord- Aaron and Moses when the LORD
ing to their armies of the forces with spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai.
Ephraim, one hundred and eight 2 And these are the names of the
thousand one hundred—they shall be sons of Aaron: Nadab, the firstbor n,
the third to break camp. and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
25 “The standard of the forces with 3 These are the names of the sons
Dan shall be on the north side ac- of Aaron, the anointed priests, whom
cording to their ar mies, and the lead- he consecrated to minister as priests.
er of the children of Dan shall be 4 Nadab and Abihu had died before
Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.” the LORD when they offered profane
26 And his ar my was numbered at fire before the LORD in the Wilder -
sixty-two thousand seven hundred. ness of Sinai; and they had no chil-
27 “Those who camp next to him dren. So Eleazar and Ithamar min-
shall be the tribe of Asher, and the istered as priests in the presence of
leader of the children of Asher shall Aaron their father.
be Pagiel the son of Ocran.” 5 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
28 And his ar my was numbered at saying:
forty-one thousand five hundred. 6 “Bring the tribe of Levi near, and

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present them before Aaron the priest, Libni and Shimei.


that they may ser ve him. 19 And the sons of Kohath by their
7 And they shall attend to his needs families: Amram, Izehar, Hebron, and
and the needs of the whole cong rega - Uzziel.
tion before the tabernacle of meet- 20 And the sons of Merari by their
ing, to do the work of the tabernacle. families: Mahli and Mushi. These are
8 Also they shall attend to all the the families of the Levites by their
furnishings of the tabernacle of fathers’ houses.
meeting, and to the needs of the chil- 21 From Gershon came the family of
dren of Israel, to do the work of the the Libnites and the family of the
tabernacle. Shimites; these were the families of
9 And you shall give the Levites to the Gershonites.
Aaron and his sons; they are given 22 Those who were numbered, ac-
entirely to him from among the chil- cording to the number of all the
dren of Israel. males from a month old and above—
10 So you shall appoint Aaron and of those who were numbered there
his sons, and they shall attend to were seven thousand five hundred.
their priesthood; but the outsider 23 The families of the Gershonites
who comes near shall be put to were to camp behind the tabernacle
death.” westward.
11 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 24 And the leader of the father’s
saying: house of the Gershonites was Eli-
12 “Now behold, I Myself have asaph the son of Lael.
taken the Levites from among the 25 The duties of the children of
children of Israel instead of every Gershon in the tabernacle of meeting
firstborn who opens the womb included the tabernacle, the tent with
among the children of Israel. There- its covering, the screen for the door
fore the Levites shall be Mine, of the tabernacle of meeting,
13 because all the firstborn are Mine. 26 the screen for the door of the
On the day that I str uck all the first - court, the hangings of the court
born in the land of Eg ypt, I sancti- which are around the tabernacle and
fied to Myself all the firstborn in Is- the altar, and their cords, according
rael, both man and beast. They shall to all the work relating to them.
be Mine: I am the LORD.” 27 From Kohath came the family of
14 Then the LORD spoke to Moses the Amramites, the family of the
in the Wilderness of Sinai, saying: Izharites, the family of the Hebron-
15 “Number the children of Levi by ites, and the family of the Uzzielites;
their fathers’ houses, by their famil- these were the families of the Ko-
ies; you shall number every male hathites.
from a month old and above.” 28 According to the number of all
16 So Moses numbered them accord- the males, from a month old and
ing to the word of the LORD, as he above, there were eight thousand six
was commanded. hundred keeping charge of the sanc-
17 These were the sons of Levi by tuary.
their names: Gershon, Kohath, and 29 The families of the children of
Merari. Kohath were to camp on the south
18 And these are the names of the side of the tabernacle.
sons of Gershon by their families: 30 And the leader of the fathers’

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house of the families of the Kohath- “Number all the firstborn males of
ites was Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. the children of Israel from a month
31 Their duty included the ark, the old and above, and take the number
table, the lampstand, the altars, the of their names.
utensils of the sanctuary with which 41 And you shall take the Levites for
they ministered, the screen, and all Me—I am the LORD—instead of all
the work relating to them. the firstborn among the children of
32 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the Israel, and the livestock of the
priest was to be chief over the lead- Levites instead of all the firstbor n
ers of the Levites, with oversight of among the livestock of the children
those who kept charge of the sanctu- of Israel.”
ar y. 42 So Moses numbered all the first-
33 From Merari came the family of born among the children of Israel, as
the Mahlites and the family of the the LORD commanded him.
Mushites; these were the families of 43 And all the firstborn males, ac-
Merari. cording to the number of names
34 And those who were numbered, from a month old and above, of
according to the number of all the those who were numbered of them,
males from a month old and above, were twenty-two thousand two hun-
were six thousand two hundred. dred and seventy-three.
35 The leader of the fathers’ house 44 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
of the families of Merari was Zuriel saying:
the son of Abihail. These were to 45 “Take the Levites instead of all
camp on the north side of the taber- the firstborn among the children of
nacle. Israel, and the livestock of the
36 And the appointed duty of the Levites instead of their livestock.
children of Merari included the The Levites shall be Mine: I am the
boards of the tabernacle, its bars, its LORD.
pillars, its sockets, its utensils, all the 46 And for the redemption of the
work relating to them, two hundred and seventy-three of the
37 and the pillars of the court all firstborn of the children of Israel,
around, with their sockets, their pegs, who are more than the number of the
and their cords. Levites,
38 Moreover those who were to 47 you shall take five shekels for
camp before the tabernacle on the each one individually; you shall take
east, before the tabernacle of meet- them in the currency of the shekel of
ing, were Moses, Aaron, and his sons, the sanctuary, the shekel of twenty
keeping charge of the sanctuary, to gerahs.
meet the needs of the children of Is- 48 And you shall give the money,
rael; but the outsider who came near with which the excess number of
was to be put to death. them is redeemed, to Aaron and his
39 All who were numbered of the sons.”
Levites, whom Moses and Aaron 49 So Moses took the redemption
numbered at the commandment of money from those who were over and
the LORD, by their families, all the above those who were redeemed by
males from a month old and above, the Levites.
were twenty-two thousand. 50 From the firstborn of the chil-
40 Then the LORD said to Moses: dren of Israel he took the money,

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one thousand three hundred and 11 “Over the g olden altar they shall
sixty-five shekels, according to the spread a blue cloth, and cover it with
shekel of the sanctuary. a covering of badger skins; and they
51 And Moses gave their redemption shall insert its poles.
money to Aaron and his sons, accord- 12 Then they shall take all the
ing to the word of the LORD, as the utensils of ser vice with which they
LORD commanded Moses. minister in the sanctuary, put them in
a blue cloth, cover them with a cover-
CHAPTER 4 ing of badger skins, and put them on
1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses a carrying beam.
and Aaron, saying: 13 Also they shall take away the
2 “Take a census of the sons of Ko- ashes from the altar, and spread a
hath from among the children of purple cloth over it.
Levi, by their families, by their fath- 14 They shall put on it all its imple-
ers’ house, ments with which they minister there
3 from thirty years old and above, —the firepans, the forks, the shovels,
even to fifty years old, all who enter the basins, and all the utensils of the
the ser vice to do the work in the tab- altar—and they shall spread on it a
ernacle of meeting. covering of badger skins, and insert
4 “This is the ser vice of the sons of its poles.
Kohath in the tabernacle of meeting, 15 And when Aaron and his sons
relating to the most holy things: have finished covering the sanctuar y
5 When the camp prepares to jour - and all the furnishings of the sanctu-
ney, Aaron and his sons shall come, ary, when the camp is set to g o, then
and they shall take down the covering the sons of Kohath shall come to
veil and cover the ark of the Testi- carry them; but they shall not touch
mony with it. any holy thing, lest they die. “These
6 Then they shall put on it a cover- are the things in the tabernacle of
ing of badger skins, and spread over meeting which the sons of Kohath
that a cloth entirely of blue; and they are to carry.
shall insert its poles. 16 “The appointed duty of Eleazar
7 “On the table of showbread they the son of Aaron the priest is the oil
shall spread a blue cloth, and put on for the light, the sweet incense, the
it the dishes, the pans, the bowls, and daily g rain offering, the anointing oil,
the pitchers for pouring; and the the oversight of all the tabernacle, of
showbread shall be on it. all that is in it, with the sanctuar y
8 They shall spread over them a and its furnishings.”
scarlet cloth, and cover the same with 17 Then the LORD spoke to Moses
a covering of badger skins; and they and Aaron, saying:
shall insert its poles. 18 “Do not cut off the tribe of the
9 And they shall take a blue cloth families of the Kohathites from
and cover the lampstand of the light, among the Levites;
with its lamps, its wick-trimmers, its 19 but do this in regard to them,
trays, and all its oil vessels, with that they may live and not die when
which they ser vice it. they approach the most holy things:
10 Then they shall put it with all its Aaron and his sons shall g o in and
utensils in a covering of badger appoint each of them to his ser vice
skins, and put it on a carrying beam. and his task.

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20 But they shall not g o in to watch as all their ser vice for the tabernacle
while the holy things are being of meeting: the boards of the taber -
covered, lest they die.” nacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets,
21 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 32 and the pillars around the court
saying: with their sockets, pegs, and cords,
22 “Also take a census of the sons with all their furnishings and all their
of Gershon, by their fathers’ house, ser vice; and you shall assign to each
by their families. man by name the items he must carr y.
23 From thirty years old and above, 33 This is the ser vice of the families
even to fifty years old, you shall num- of the sons of Merari, as all their
ber them, all who enter to perfor m ser vice for the tabernacle of meeting,
the ser vice, to do the work in the under the authority of Ithamar the
tabernacle of meeting. son of Aaron the priest.”
24 This is the ser vice of the families 34 And Moses, Aaron, and the lead-
of the Gershonites, in ser ving and ers of the cong regation numbered
car r ying: the sons of the Kohathites by their
25 They shall carry the curtains of families and by their fathers’ house,
the tabernacle and the tabernacle of 35 from thirty years old and above,
meeting with its covering, the cover- even to fifty years old, ever yone who
ing of badger skins that is on it, the entered the ser vice for work in the
screen for the door of the tabernacle tabernacle of meeting;
of meeting, 36 and those who were numbered by
26 the screen for the door of the their families were two thousand sev-
gate of the court, the hangings of the en hundred and fifty.
court which are around the taber - 37 These were the ones who were
nacle and altar, and their cords, all numbered of the families of the Ko-
the furnishings for their ser vice and hathites, all who might ser ve in the
all that is made for these things: so tabernacle of meeting, whom Moses
shall they ser ve. and Aaron numbered according to the
27 “Aaron and his sons shall assign commandment of the LORD by the
all the ser vice of the sons of the hand of Moses.
Gershonites, all their tasks and all 38 And those who were numbered of
their ser vice. And you shall appoint the sons of Gershon, by their famil-
to them all their tasks as their duty. ies and by their fathers’ house,
28 This is the ser vice of the families 39 from thirty years old and above,
of the sons of Gershon in the taber- even to fifty years old, ever yone who
nacle of meeting. And their duties entered the ser vice for work in the
shall be under the authority of tabernacle of meeting—
Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 40 those who were numbered by
29 “As for the sons of Merari, you their families, by their fathers’ house,
shall number them by their families were two thousand six hundred and
and by their fathers’ house. thirty.
30 From thirty years old and above, 41 These are the ones who were
even to fifty years old, you shall num- numbered of the families of the sons
ber them, everyone who enters the of Gershon, of all who might ser ve
ser vice to do the work of the taber - in the tabernacle of meeting, whom
nacle of meeting. Moses and Aaron numbered accord-
31 And this is what they must carry ing to the commandment of the

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LORD. 4 And the children of Israel did so,


42 Those of the families of the sons and put them outside the camp; as
of Merari who were numbered, by the LORD spoke to Moses, so the
their families, by their fathers’ house, children of Israel did.
43 from thirty years old and above, 5 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
even to fifty years old, ever yone who saying,
entered the ser vice for work in the 6 “Speak to the children of Israel:
tabernacle of meeting— “When a man or woman commits any
44 those who were numbered by sin that men commit in unfaithful-
their families were three thousand ness against the LORD, and that per-
two hundred. son is guilty,
45 These are the ones who were 7 then he shall confess the sin which
numbered of the families of the sons he has committed. He shall make
of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron restitution for his trespass in full,
numbered according to the word of plus one-fifth of it, and give it to the
the LORD by the hand of Moses. one he has wronged.
46 All who were numbered of the 8 But if the man has no relative to
Levites, whom Moses, Aaron, and the whom restitution may be made for
leaders of Israel numbered, by their the wrong, the restitution for the
families and by their fathers’ houses, wrong must g o to the LORD for the
47 from thirty years old and above, priest, in addition to the ram of the
even to fifty years old, ever yone who atonement with which atonement is
came to do the work of ser vice and made for him.
the work of bearing burdens in the 9 Every offering of all the holy
tabernacle of meeting— things of the children of Israel,
48 those who were numbered were which they bring to the priest, shall
eight thousand five hundred and be his.
eighty. 10 And every man’s holy things shall
49 According to the commandment be his; whatever any man gives the
of the LORD they were numbered by priest shall be his.”‘
the hand of Moses, each according to 11 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
his ser vice and according to his task; saying,
thus were they numbered by him, as 12 “Speak to the children of Israel,
the LORD commanded Moses. and say to them: “If any man’s wife
g oes astray and behaves unfaithfully
CHAPTER 5 toward him,
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, 13 and a man lies with her carnally,
saying: and it is hidden from the eyes of her
2 “Command the children of Israel husband, and it is concealed that she
that they put out of the camp every has defiled herself, and there was no
leper, everyone who has a discharge, witness against her, nor was she
and whoever becomes defiled by a caught—
corpse. 14 if the spirit of jealousy comes
3 You shall put out both male and upon him and he becomes jealous of
female; you shall put them outside his wife, who has defiled herself; or
the camp, that they may not defile if the spirit of jealousy comes upon
their camps in the midst of which I him and he becomes jealous of his
dwell.” wife, although she has not defiled

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herself— 23 “Then the priest shall write these


15 then the man shall bring his wife curses in a book, and he shall scrape
to the priest. He shall bring the of- them off into the bitter water.
fering required for her, one-tenth of 24 And he shall make the woman
an ephah of barley meal; he shall drink the bitter water that brings a
pour no oil on it and put no frankin- curse, and the water that brings the
cense on it, because it is a g rain of- curse shall enter her to become bit-
fering of jealousy, an offering for re- ter.
membering, for bringing iniquity to 25 Then the priest shall take the
remembrance. g rain offering of jealousy from the
16 “And the priest shall bring her woman’s hand, shall wave the offering
near, and set her before the LORD. before the LORD, and bring it to the
17 The priest shall take holy water in altar;
an earthen vessel, and take some of 26 and the priest shall take a handful
the dust that is on the floor of the of the offering, as its memorial por-
tabernacle and put it into the water. tion, burn it on the altar, and after -
18 Then the priest shall stand the ward make the woman drink the wa-
woman before the LORD, uncover ter.
the woman’s head, and put the offer- 27 When he has made her drink the
ing for remembering in her hands, water, then it shall be, if she has de-
which is the grain offering of jeal- filed herself and behaved unfaithfully
ousy. And the priest shall have in his toward her husband, that the water
hand the bitter water that brings a that brings a curse will enter her and
curse. become bitter, and her belly will
19 And the priest shall put her under swell, her thigh will rot, and the wo-
oath, and say to the woman, “If no man will become a curse among her
man has lain with you, and if you people.
have not g one astray to uncleanness 28 But if the woman has not defiled
while under your husband’s authority, herself, and is clean, then she shall be
be free from this bitter water that free and may conceive children.
brings a curse. 29 “This is the law of jealousy, when
20 But if you have g one astray while a wife, while under her husband’s au-
under your husband’s authority, and thority, g oes astray and defiles her-
if you have defiled yourself and some self,
man other than your husband has lain 30 or when the spirit of jealousy
with you”— comes upon a man, and he becomes
21 then the priest shall put the wo- jealous of his wife; then he shall
man under the oath of the curse, and stand the woman before the LORD,
he shall say to the woman—”the and the priest shall execute all this
LORD make you a curse and an oath law upon her.
among your people, when the LORD 31 Then the man shall be free from
makes your thigh rot and your belly iniquity, but that woman shall bear
swell; her guilt.”‘
22 and may this water that causes
the curse g o into your stomach, and CHAPTER 6
make your belly swell and your thigh 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
rot.” “Then the woman shall say, saying,
“Amen, so be it.” 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,

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and say to them: “When either a man pass offering; but the former days
or woman consecrates an offering to shall be lost, because his separation
take the vow of a Nazirite, to separ- was defiled.
ate himself to the LORD, 13 “Now this is the law of the
3 he shall separate himself from Nazirite: When the days of his separ-
wine and similar drink; he shall drink ation are fulfilled, he shall be
neither vinegar made from wine nor brought to the door of the tabernacle
vinegar made from similar drink; of meeting.
neither shall he drink any g rape juice, 14 And he shall present his offering
nor eat fresh g rapes or raisins. to the LORD: one male lamb in its
4 All the days of his separation he first year without blemish as a burnt
shall eat nothing that is produced by offering, one ewe lamb in its first
the grapevine, from seed to skin. year without blemish as a sin offer-
5 “All the days of the vow of his ing, one ram without blemish as a
separation no razor shall come upon peace offering,
his head; until the days are fulfilled 15 a basket of unleavened bread,
for which he separated himself to the cakes of fine flour mixed with oil,
LORD, he shall be holy. Then he unleavened wafers anointed with oil,
shall let the locks of the hair of his and their g rain offering with their
head g row. drink offerings.
6 All the days that he separates him- 16 “Then the priest shall bring them
self to the LORD he shall not g o before the LORD and offer his sin
near a dead body. offering and his burnt offering;
7 He shall not make himself unclean 17 and he shall offer the ram as a
even for his father or his mother, for sacrifice of a peace offering to the
his brother or his sister, when they LORD, with the basket of unleavened
die, because his separation to God is bread; the priest shall also offer its
on his head. g rain offering and its drink offering.
8 All the days of his separation he 18 Then the Nazirite shall shave his
shall be holy to the LORD. consecrated head at the door of the
9 “And if anyone dies very suddenly tabernacle of meeting, and shall take
beside him, and he defiles his consec- the hair from his consecrated head
rated head, then he shall shave his and put it on the fire which is under
head on the day of his cleansing; on the sacrifice of the peace offering.
the seventh day he shall shave it. 19 “And the priest shall take the
10 Then on the eighth day he shall boiled shoulder of the ram, one un-
bring two turtledoves or two young leavened cake from the basket, and
pigeons to the priest, to the door of one unleavened wafer, and put them
the tabernacle of meeting; upon the hands of the Nazirite after
11 and the priest shall offer one as a he has shaved his consecrated hair,
sin offering and the other as a burnt 20 and the priest shall wave them as
offering, and make atonement for a wave offering before the LORD;
him, because he sinned in regard to they are holy for the priest, together
the corpse; and he shall sanctify his with the breast of the wave offering
head that same day. and the thigh of the heave offering.
12 He shall consecrate to the LORD After that the Nazirite may drink
the days of his separation, and bring wine.’
a male lamb in its first year as a tres - 21 “This is the law of the Nazirite

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who vows to the LORD the offering oxen, and gave them to the Levites.
for his separation, and besides that, 7 Two carts and four oxen he gave to
whatever else his hand is able to the sons of Gershon, according to
provide; according to the vow which their ser vice;
he takes, so he must do according to 8 and four carts and eight oxen he
the law of his separation.” gave to the sons of Merari, according
22 And the LORD spoke to Moses, to their ser vice, under the authority
saying: of Ithamar the son of Aaron the
23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, priest.
saying, “This is the way you shall 9 But to the sons of Kohath he gave
bless the children of Israel. Say to none, because theirs was the ser vice
them: of the holy things, which they carried
24 “The LORD bless you and keep on their shoulders.
you; 10 Now the leaders offered the ded-
25 The LORD make His face shine ication offering for the altar when it
upon you, And be g racious to you; was anointed; so the leaders offered
26 The LORD lift up His counten- their offering before the altar.
ance upon you, And give you peace.”‘ 11 For the LORD said to Moses,
27 “So they shall put My name on “They shall offer their offering, one
the children of Israel, and I will bless leader each day, for the dedication of
them.” the altar.”
12 And the one who offered his of-
CHAPTER 7 fering on the first day was Nahshon
1 Now it came to pass, when Moses the son of Amminadab, from the
had finished setting up the taber - tribe of Judah.
nacle, that he anointed it and consec- 13 His offering was one silver plat -
rated it and all its furnishings, and ter, the weight of which was one
the altar and all its utensils; so he hundred and thirty shekels, and one
anointed them and consecrated them. silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac-
2 Then the leaders of Israel, the cording to the shekel of the sanctu-
heads of their fathers’ houses, who ary, both of them full of fine flour
were the leaders of the tribes and mixed with oil as a g rain offering;
over those who were numbered, made 14 one g old pan of ten shekels, full
an offering. of incense;
3 And they brought their offering 15 one young bull, one ram, and one
before the LORD, six covered carts male lamb in its first year, as a burnt
and twelve oxen, a cart for every two offering;
of the leaders, and for each one an 16 one kid of the g oats as a sin of-
ox; and they presented them before fering;
the tabernacle. 17 and for the sacrifice of peace of-
4 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, ferings: two oxen, five rams, five
saying, male g oats, and five male lambs in
5 “Accept these from them, that they their first year. This was the offering
may be used in doing the work of the of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
tabernacle of meeting; and you shall 18 On the second day Nethanel the
give them to the Levites, to every son of Zuar, leader of Issachar,
man according to his ser vice.” presented an offering.
6 So Moses took the carts and the 19 For his offering he offered one

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silver platter, the weight of which cording to the shekel of the sanctu-
was one hundred and thirty shekels, ary, both of them full of fine flour
and one silver bowl of seventy mixed with oil as a g rain offering;
shekels, according to the shekel of 32 one g old pan of ten shekels, full
the sanctuary, both of them full of of incense;
fine flour mixed with oil as a g rain 33 one young bull, one ram, and one
offering; male lamb in its first year, as a burnt
20 one g old pan of ten shekels, full offering;
of incense; 34 one kid of the g oats as a sin of-
21 one young bull, one ram, and one fering;
male lamb in its first year, as a burnt 35 and as the sacrifice of peace of-
offering; ferings: two oxen, five rams, five
22 one kid of the g oats as a sin of- male g oats, and five male lambs in
fering; their first year. This was the offering
23 and as the sacrifice of peace of- of Elizur the son of Shedeur.
ferings: two oxen, five rams, five 36 On the fifth day Shelumiel the
male g oats, and five male lambs in son of Zurishaddai, leader of the
their first year. This was the offering children of Simeon, presented an of-
of Nethanel the son of Zuar. fering.
24 On the third day Eliab the son of 37 His offering was one silver plat-
Helon, leader of the children of Ze- ter, the weight of which was one
bulun, presented an offering. hundred and thirty shekels, and one
25 His offering was one silver plat- silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac-
ter, the weight of which was one cording to the shekel of the sanctu-
hundred and thirty shekels, and one ary, both of them full of fine flour
silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac- mixed with oil as a g rain offering;
cording to the shekel of the sanctu- 38 one g old pan of ten shekels, full
ar y, both of them full of fine flour of incense;
mixed with oil as a g rain offering; 39 one young bull, one ram, and one
26 one g old pan of ten shekels, full male lamb in its first year, as a burnt
of incense; offering;
27 one young bull, one ram, and one 40 one kid of the g oats as a sin of-
male lamb in its first year, as a burnt fering;
offering; 41 and as the sacrifice of peace of -
28 one kid of the g oats as a sin of- ferings: two oxen, five rams, five
fering; male g oats, and five male lambs in
29 and for the sacrifice of peace of- their first year. This was the offering
ferings: two oxen, five rams, five of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
male g oats, and five male lambs in 42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son
their first year. This was the offering of Deuel, leader of the children of
of Eliab the son of Helon. Gad, presented an offering.
30 On the fourth day Elizur the son 43 His offering was one silver plat-
of Shedeur, leader of the children of ter, the weight of which was one
Reuben, presented an offering. hundred and thirty shekels, and one
31 His offering was one silver plat - silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac-
ter, the weight of which was one cording to the shekel of the sanctu-
hundred and thirty shekels, and one ary, both of them full of fine flour
silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac- mixed with oil as a g rain offering;

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44 one g old pan of ten shekels, full 57 one young bull, one ram, and one
of incense; male lamb in its first year, as a burnt
45 one young bull, one ram, and one offering;
male lamb in its first year, as a burnt 58 one kid of the g oats as a sin of-
offering; fering;
46 one kid of the g oats as a sin of- 59 and as the sacrifice of peace of-
fering; ferings: two oxen, five rams, five
47 and as the sacrifice of peace of- male g oats, and five male lambs in
ferings: two oxen, five rams, five their first year. This was the offering
male g oats, and five male lambs in of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
their first year. This was the offering 60 On the ninth day Abidan the son
of Eliasaph the son of Deuel. of Gideoni, leader of the children of
48 On the seventh day Elishama the Benjamin, presented an offering.
son of Ammihud, leader of the chil- 61 His offering was one silver plat -
dren of Ephraim, presented an offer- ter, the weight of which was one
ing. hundred and thirty shekels, and one
49 His offering was one silver plat- silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac-
ter, the weight of which was one cording to the shekel of the sanctu-
hundred and thirty shekels, and one ary, both of them full of fine flour
silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac- mixed with oil as a g rain offering;
cording to the shekel of the sanctu- 62 one g old pan of ten shekels, full
ar y, both of them full of fine flour of incense;
mixed with oil as a g rain offering; 63 one young bull, one ram, and one
50 one g old pan of ten shekels, full male lamb in its first year, as a burnt
of incense; offering;
51 one young bull, one ram, and one 64 one kid of the g oats as a sin of-
male lamb in its first year, as a burnt fering;
offering; 65 and as the sacrifice of peace of-
52 one kid of the g oats as a sin of- ferings: two oxen, five rams, five
fering; male g oats, and five male lambs in
53 and as the sacrifice of peace of- their first year. This was the offering
ferings: two oxen, five rams, five of Abidan the son of Gideoni.
male g oats, and five male lambs in 66 On the tenth day Ahiezer the son
their first year. This was the offering of Ammishaddai, leader of the chil-
of Elishama the son of Ammihud. dren of Dan, presented an offering.
54 On the eighth day Gamaliel the 67 His offering was one silver plat-
son of Pedahzur, leader of the chil- ter, the weight of which was one
dren of Manasseh, presented an of- hundred and thirty shekels, and one
fering. silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac-
55 His offering was one silver plat- cording to the shekel of the sanctu-
ter, the weight of which was one ary, both of them full of fine flour
hundred and thirty shekels, and one mixed with oil as a g rain offering;
silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac- 68 one g old pan of ten shekels, full
cording to the shekel of the sanctu- of incense;
ar y, both of them full of fine flour 69 one young bull, one ram, and one
mixed with oil as a g rain offering; male lamb in its first year, as a burnt
56 one g old pan of ten shekels, full offering;
of incense; 70 one kid of the g oats as a sin of-

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fering; their first year. This was the offering


71 and as the sacrifice of peace of - of Ahira the son of Enan.
ferings: two oxen, five rams, five 84 This was the dedication offering
male g oats, and five male lambs in for the altar from the leaders of Is-
their first year. This was the offering rael, when it was anointed: twelve sil-
of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. ver platters, twelve silver bowls, and
72 On the eleventh day Pagiel the twelve g old pans.
son of Ocran, leader of the children 85 Each silver platter weighed one
of Asher, presented an offering. hundred and thirty shekels and each
73 His offering was one silver plat- bowl seventy shekels. All the silver of
ter, the weight of which was one the vessels weighed two thousand
hundred and thirty shekels, and one four hundred shekels, according to
silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac- the shekel of the sanctuary.
cording to the shekel of the sanctu- 86 The twelve g old pans full of in-
ar y, both of them full of fine flour cense weighed ten shekels apiece, ac-
mixed with oil as a g rain offering; cording to the shekel of the sanctu-
74 one g old pan of ten shekels, full ary; all the g old of the pans weighed
of incense; one hundred and twenty shekels.
75 one young bull, one ram, and one 87 All the oxen for the burnt offer-
male lamb in its first year, as a burnt ing were twelve young bulls, the rams
offering; twelve, the male lambs in their first
76 one kid of the g oats as a sin of- year twelve, with their g rain offering,
fering; and the kids of the g oats as a sin of-
77 and as the sacrifice of peace of- fering twelve.
ferings: two oxen, five rams, five 88 And all the oxen for the sacrifice
male g oats, and five male lambs in of peace offerings were twenty-four
their first year. This was the offering bulls, the rams sixty, the male g oats
of Pagiel the son of Ocran. sixty, and the lambs in their first year
78 On the twelfth day Ahira the son sixty. This was the dedication offer-
of Enan, leader of the children of ing for the altar after it was anointed.
Naphtali, presented an offering. 89 Now when Moses went into the
79 His offering was one silver plat- tabernacle of meeting to speak with
ter, the weight of which was one Him, he heard the voice of One
hundred and thirty shekels, and one speaking to him from above the
silver bowl of seventy shekels, ac- mercy seat that was on the ark of the
cording to the shekel of the sanctu- Testimony, from between the two
ar y, both of them full of fine flour cher ubim; thus He spoke to him.
mixed with oil as a g rain offering;
80 one g old pan of ten shekels, full CHAPTER 8
of incense; 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
81 one young bull, one ram, and one saying:
male lamb in its first year, as a burnt 2 “Speak to Aaron, and say to him,
offering; “When you arrange the lamps, the
82 one kid of the g oats as a sin of- seven lamps shall give light in front
fering; of the lampstand.”‘
83 and as the sacrifice of peace of- 3 And Aaron did so; he arranged the
ferings: two oxen, five rams, five lamps to face toward the front of the
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Moses. 15 After that the Levites shall g o in


4 Now this workmanship of the to ser vice the tabernacle of meeting.
lampstand was hammered g old; from So you shall cleanse them and offer
its shaft to its flowers it was them like a wave offering.
hammered work. According to the 16 For they are wholly given to Me
pattern which the LORD had shown from among the children of Israel; I
Moses, so he made the lampstand. have taken them for Myself instead
5 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, of all who open the womb, the first-
saying: born of all the children of Israel.
6 “Take the Levites from among the 17 For all the firstborn among the
children of Israel and cleanse them children of Israel are Mine, both man
ceremonially. and beast; on the day that I str uck all
7 Thus you shall do to them to the firstborn in the land of Eg ypt I
cleanse them: Sprinkle water of puri- sanctified them to Myself.
fication on them, and let them shave 18 I have taken the Levites instead
all their body, and let them wash their of all the firstborn of the children of
clothes, and so make themselves Israel.
clean. 19 And I have given the Levites as a
8 Then let them take a young bull gift to Aaron and his sons from
with its g rain offering of fine flour among the children of Israel, to do
mixed with oil, and you shall take an- the work for the children of Israel in
other young bull as a sin offering. the tabernacle of meeting, and to
9 And you shall bring the Levites be- make atonement for the children of
fore the tabernacle of meeting, and Israel, that there be no plague among
you shall gather together the whole the children of Israel when the chil-
cong regation of the children of Is- dren of Israel come near the sanctu-
rael. ary.”
10 So you shall bring the Levites be - 20 Thus Moses and Aaron and all
fore the LORD, and the children of the cong regation of the children of
Israel shall lay their hands on the Israel did to the Levites; according to
Levites; all that the LORD commanded Moses
11 and Aaron shall offer the Levites concerning the Levites, so the chil-
before the LORD like a wave offering dren of Israel did to them.
from the children of Israel, that they 21 And the Levites purified them-
may perfor m the work of the LORD. selves and washed their clothes; then
12 Then the Levites shall lay their Aaron presented them like a wave of-
hands on the heads of the young fering before the LORD, and Aaron
bulls, and you shall offer one as a sin made atonement for them to cleanse
offering and the other as a burnt of- them.
fering to the LORD, to make atone- 22 After that the Levites went in to
ment for the Levites. do their work in the tabernacle of
13 “And you shall stand the Levites meeting before Aaron and his sons;
before Aaron and his sons, and then as the LORD commanded Moses con-
offer them like a wave offering to the cerning the Levites, so they did to
LORD. them.
14 Thus you shall separate the 23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
Levites from among the children of saying,
Israel, and the Levites shall be Mine. 24 “This is what pertains to the

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Levites: From twenty-five years old still, that I may hear what the LORD
and above one may enter to perfor m will command concerning you.”
ser vice in the work of the tabernacle 9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
of meeting; saying,
25 and at the age of fifty years they 10 “Speak to the children of Israel,
must cease perfor ming this work, and saying: “If anyone of you or your
shall work no more. posterity is unclean because of a
26 They may minister with their corpse, or is far away on a journey, he
brethren in the tabernacle of meet- may still keep the LORD’s Passover.
ing, to attend to needs, but they 11 On the fourteenth day of the
themselves shall do no work. Thus second month, at twilight, they may
you shall do to the Levites regarding keep it. They shall eat it with un-
their duties.” leavened bread and bitter herbs.
12 They shall leave none of it until
CHAPTER 9 morning, nor break one of its bones.
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses in According to all the ordinances of
the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first the Passover they shall keep it.
month of the second year after they 13 But the man who is clean and is
had come out of the land of Eg ypt, not on a journey, and ceases to keep
saying: the Passover, that same person shall
2 “Let the children of Israel keep be cut off from among his people,
the Passover at its appointed time. because he did not bring the offering
3 On the fourteenth day of this of the LORD at its appointed time;
month, at twilight, you shall keep it that man shall bear his sin.
at its appointed time. According to 14 “And if a stranger dwells among
all its rites and ceremonies you shall you, and would keep the LORD’s Pas-
keep it.” sover, he must do so according to the
4 So Moses told the children of Is- rite of the Passover and according to
rael that they should keep the Passov- its ceremony; you shall have one or-
er. dinance, both for the stranger and
5 And they kept the Passover on the the native of the land.”‘
fourteenth day of the first month, at 15 Now on the day that the taber -
twilight, in the Wilderness of Sinai; nacle was raised up, the cloud
according to all that the LORD com- covered the tabernacle, the tent of
manded Moses, so the children of Is- the Testimony; from evening until
rael did. morning it was above the tabernacle
6 Now there were certain men who like the appearance of fire.
were defiled by a human corpse, so 16 So it was always: the cloud
that they could not keep the Passover covered it by day, and the appearance
on that day; and they came before of fire by night.
Moses and Aaron that day. 17 Whenever the cloud was taken up
7 And those men said to him, “We from above the tabernacle, after that
became defiled by a human corpse. the children of Israel would journey;
Why are we kept from presenting the and in the place where the cloud
offering of the LORD at its appoin- settled, there the children of Israel
ted time among the children of Is- would pitch their tents.
rael?” 18 At the command of the LORD
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and at the command of the LORD the leaders, the heads of the divi-
they would camp; as long as the cloud sions of Israel, shall gather to you.
stayed above the tabernacle they re- 5 When you sound the advance, the
mained encamped. camps that lie on the east side shall
19 Even when the cloud continued then begin their journey.
long, many days above the tabernacle, 6 When you sound the advance the
the children of Israel kept the charge second time, then the camps that lie
of the LORD and did not journey. on the south side shall begin their
20 So it was, when the cloud was journey; they shall sound the call for
above the tabernacle a few days: ac- them to begin their journeys.
cording to the command of the 7 And when the assembly is to be
LORD they would remain encamped, gathered together, you shall blow, but
and according to the command of the not sound the advance.
LORD they would journey. 8 The sons of Aaron, the priests,
21 So it was, when the cloud re- shall blow the trumpets; and these
mained only from evening until shall be to you as an ordinance
morning: when the cloud was taken forever throughout your generations.
up in the morning, then they would 9 “When you g o to war in your land
journey; whether by day or by night, against the enemy who oppresses you,
whenever the cloud was taken up, then you shall sound an alar m with
they would journey. the tr umpets, and you will be re-
22 Whether it was two days, a membered before the LORD your
month, or a year that the cloud re - God, and you will be saved from your
mained above the tabernacle, the enemies.
children of Israel would remain en- 10 Also in the day of your gladness,
camped and not journey; but when it in your appointed feasts, and at the
was taken up, they would journey. beginning of your months, you shall
23 At the command of the LORD blow the tr umpets over your burnt
they remained encamped, and at the offerings and over the sacrifices of
command of the LORD they jour - your peace offerings; and they shall
neyed; they kept the charge of the be a memorial for you before your
LORD, at the command of the God: I am the LORD your God.”
LORD by the hand of Moses. 11 Now it came to pass on the twen-
tieth day of the second month, in the
CHAPTER 10 second year, that the cloud was taken
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, up from above the tabernacle of the
saying: Testimony.
2 “Make two silver tr umpets for 12 And the children of Israel set out
yourself; you shall make them of from the Wilderness of Sinai on their
hammered work; you shall use them journeys; then the cloud settled down
for calling the cong regation and for in the Wilderness of Paran.
directing the movement of the 13 So they started out for the first
camps. time according to the command of
3 When they blow both of them, all the LORD by the hand of Moses.
the cong regation shall gather before 14 The standard of the camp of the
you at the door of the tabernacle of children of Judah set out first ac-
meeting. cording to their armies; over their
4 But if they blow only one, then ar my was Nahshon the son of Am-

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minadab. the children of Israel, according to


15 Over the ar my of the tribe of the their armies, when they began their
children of Issachar was Nethanel the journey.
son of Zuar. 29 Now Moses said to Hobab the
16 And over the ar my of the tribe of son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’
the children of Zebulun was Eliab father-in-law, “We are setting out for
the son of Helon. the place of which the LORD said, “I
17 Then the tabernacle was taken will give it to you.’ Come with us, and
down; and the sons of Gershon and we will treat you well; for the LORD
the sons of Merari set out, carrying has promised g ood things to Israel.”
the tabernacle. 30 And he said to him, “I will not
18 And the standard of the camp of g o, but I will depart to my own land
Reuben set out according to their and to my relatives.”
ar mies; over their ar my was Elizur 31 So Moses said, “Please do not
the son of Shedeur. leave, inasmuch as you know how we
19 Over the ar my of the tribe of the are to camp in the wilderness, and
children of Simeon was Shelumiel the you can be our eyes.
son of Zurishaddai. 32 And it shall be, if you g o with us
20 And over the ar my of the tribe —indeed it shall be—that whatever
of the children of Gad was Eliasaph g ood the LORD will do to us, the
the son of Deuel. same we will do to you.”
21 Then the Kohathites set out, car - 33 So they departed from the moun-
r ying the holy things. (The tabernacle tain of the LORD on a journey of
would be prepared for their arrival.) three days; and the ark of the coven-
22 And the standard of the camp of ant of the LORD went before them
the children of Ephraim set out ac- for the three days’ journey, to search
cording to their armies; over their out a resting place for them.
ar my was Elishama the son of Ammi- 34 And the cloud of the LORD was
hud. above them by day when they went
23 Over the ar my of the tribe of the out from the camp.
children of Manasseh was Gamaliel 35 So it was, whenever the ark set
the son of Pedahzur. out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O
24 And over the ar my of the tribe LORD! Let Your enemies be
of the children of Benjamin was scattered, And let those who hate
Abidan the son of Gideoni. You flee before You.”
25 Then the standard of the camp 36 And when it rested, he said: “Re-
of the children of Dan (the rear turn, O LORD, To the many thou-
guard of all the camps) set out ac- sands of Israel.”
cording to their armies; over their
ar my was Ahiezer the son of Ammis- CHAPTER 11
haddai. 1 Now when the people complained,
26 Over the ar my of the tribe of the it displeased the LORD; for the
children of Asher was Pagiel the son LORD heard it, and His anger was
of Ocran. aroused. So the fire of the LORD
27 And over the ar my of the tribe burned among them, and consumed
of the children of Naphtali was some in the outskirts of the camp.
Ahira the son of Enan. 2 Then the people cried out to
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LORD, the fire was quenched. we may eat.’


3 So he called the name of the place 14 I am not able to bear all these
Taberah, because the fire of the people alone, because the burden is
LORD had burned among them. too heavy for me.
4 Now the mixed multitude who 15 If You treat me like this, please
were among them yielded to intense kill me here and now—if I have
craving; so the children of Israel also found favor in Your sight—and do
wept again and said: “Who will give not let me see my wretchedness!”
us meat to eat? 16 So the LORD said to Moses:
5 We remember the fish which we “Gather to Me seventy men of the
ate freely in Eg ypt, the cucumbers, elders of Israel, whom you know to
the melons, the leeks, the onions, and be the elders of the people and of-
the garlic; ficers over them; bring them to the
6 but now our whole being is dried tabernacle of meeting, that they may
up; there is nothing at all except this stand there with you.
manna before our eyes!” 17 Then I will come down and talk
7 Now the manna was like coriander with you there. I will take of the
seed, and its color like the color of Spirit that is upon you and will put
bdellium. the same upon them; and they shall
8 The people went about and bear the burden of the people with
gathered it, g round it on millstones you, that you may not bear it yourself
or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in alone.
pans, and made cakes of it; and its 18 Then you shall say to the people,
taste was like the taste of pastry pre- “Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow,
pared with oil. and you shall eat meat; for you have
9 And when the dew fell on the wept in the hearing of the LORD,
camp in the night, the manna fell on saying, “Who will give us meat to eat?
it. For it was well with us in Eg ypt.”
10 Then Moses heard the people Therefore the LORD will give you
weeping throughout their families, meat, and you shall eat.
ever yone at the door of his tent; and 19 You shall eat, not one day, nor
the anger of the LORD was g reatly two days, nor five days, nor ten days,
aroused; Moses also was displeased. nor twenty days,
11 So Moses said to the LORD, 20 but for a whole month, until it
“Why have You afflicted Your ser - comes out of your nostrils and be-
vant? And why have I not found fa- comes loathsome to you, because you
vor in Your sight, that You have laid have despised the LORD who is
the burden of all these people on among you, and have wept before
me? Him, saying, “Why did we ever come
12 Did I conceive all these people? up out of Eg ypt?”“‘
Did I beget them, that You should 21 And Moses said, “The people
say to me, “Carry them in your bos- whom I am among are six hundred
om, as a guardian carries a nursing thousand men on foot; yet You have
child,’ to the land which You swore said, “I will give them meat, that they
to their fathers? may eat for a whole month.’
13 Where am I to get meat to give to 22 Shall flocks and herds be
all these people? For they weep all slaughtered for them, to provide
over me, saying, “Give us meat, that enough for them? Or shall all the fish

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of the sea be gathered together for about two cubits above the surface of
them, to provide enough for them?” the ground.
23 And the LORD said to Moses, 32 And the people stayed up all that
“Has the LORD’s arm been day, all night, and all the next day,
shortened? Now you shall see wheth- and gathered the quail (he who
er what I say will happen to you or gathered least gathered ten homers);
not.” and they spread them out for them-
24 So Moses went out and told the selves all around the camp.
people the words of the LORD, and 33 But while the meat was still
he gathered the seventy men of the between their teeth, before it was
elders of the people and placed them chewed, the wrath of the LORD was
around the tabernacle. aroused against the people, and the
25 Then the LORD came down in LORD str uck the people with a ver y
the cloud, and spoke to him, and g reat plague.
took of the Spirit that was upon him, 34 So he called the name of that
and placed the same upon the seventy place Kibroth Hattaavah, because
elders; and it happened, when the there they buried the people who had
Spirit rested upon them, that they yielded to craving.
prophesied, although they never did 35 From Kibroth Hattaavah the
so again. people moved to Hazeroth, and
26 But two men had remained in the camped at Hazeroth.
camp: the name of one was Eldad,
and the name of the other Medad. CHAPTER 12
And the Spirit rested upon them. 1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke
Now they were among those listed, against Moses because of the
but who had not g one out to the tab- Ethiopian woman whom he had mar -
ernacle; yet they prophesied in the ried; for he had married an Ethiopian
camp. woman.
27 And a young man ran and told 2 So they said, “Has the LORD in-
Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad deed spoken only through Moses?
are prophesying in the camp.” Has He not spoken through us also?”
28 So Joshua the son of Nun, And the LORD heard it.
Moses’ assistant, one of his choice 3 (Now the man Moses was ver y
men, answered and said, “Moses my humble, more than all men who were
lord, forbid them!” on the face of the earth.)
29 Then Moses said to him, “Are you 4 Suddenly the LORD said to Moses,
zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you
LORD’s people were prophets and three, to the tabernacle of meeting!”
that the LORD would put His Spirit So the three came out.
upon them!” 5 Then the LORD came down in the
30 And Moses returned to the camp, pillar of cloud and stood in the door
he and the elders of Israel. of the tabernacle, and called Aaron
31 Now a wind went out from the and Miriam. And they both went for-
LORD, and it brought quail from the ward.
sea and left them fluttering near the 6 Then He said, If there is a prophet
camp, about a day’s journey on this among you, I, the LORD, make My-
side and about a day’s journey on the self known to him in a vision; I
other side, all around the camp, and speak to him in a dream.

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7 Not so with My ser vant Moses; He 3 So Moses sent them from the Wil-
is faithful in all My house. derness of Paran according to the
8 I speak with him face to face, command of the LORD, all of them
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; men who were heads of the children
And he sees the for m of the LORD. of Israel.
Why then were you not afraid To 4 Now these were their names: from
speak against My ser vant Moses?” the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the
9 So the anger of the LORD was son of Zaccur;
aroused against them, and He depar - 5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat
ted. the son of Hori;
10 And when the cloud departed 6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the
from above the tabernacle, suddenly son of Jephunneh;
Miriam became leprous, as white as 7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the
snow. Then Aaron turned toward son of Joseph;
Miriam, and there she was, a leper. 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea
11 So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my the son of Nun;
lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, 9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti
in which we have done foolishly and the son of Raphu;
in which we have sinned. 10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gad-
12 Please do not let her be as one diel the son of Sodi;
dead, whose flesh is half consumed 11 from the tribe of Joseph, that is,
when he comes out of his mother’s from the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi
womb!” the son of Susi;
13 So Moses cried out to the LORD, 12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel
saying, “Please heal her, O God, I the son of Gemalli;
pray!” 13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur
14 Then the LORD said to Moses, the son of Michael;
“If her father had but spit in her 14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi
face, would she not be shamed seven the son of Vophsi;
days? Let her be shut out of the 15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the
camp seven days, and afterward she son of Machi.
may be received again.” 16 These are the names of the men
15 So Miriam was shut out of the whom Moses sent to spy out the land.
camp seven days, and the people did And Moses called Hoshea the son of
not journey till Miriam was brought Nun, Joshua.
in again. 17 Then Moses sent them to spy out
16 And afterward the people moved the land of Canaan, and said to them,
from Hazeroth and camped in the “Go up this way into the South, and
Wilder ness of Paran. g o up to the mountains,
18 and see what the land is like:
CHAPTER 13 whether the people who dwell in it
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, are strong or weak, few or many;
saying, 19 whether the land they dwell in is
2 “Send men to spy out the land of g ood or bad; whether the cities they
Canaan, which I am giving to the inhabit are like camps or strongholds;
children of Israel; from each tribe of 20 whether the land is rich or poor;
their fathers you shall send a man, and whether there are forests there or
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some of the fr uit of the land.” Now at once and take possession, for we
the time was the season of the first are well able to overcome it.”
ripe g rapes. 31 But the men who had g one up
21 So they went up and spied out the with him said, “We are not able to g o
land from the Wilderness of Zin as up against the people, for they are
far as Rehob, near the entrance of stronger than we.”
Hamath. 32 And they gave the children of Is-
22 And they went up through the rael a bad report of the land which
South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, they had spied out, saying, “The land
Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants through which we have g one as spies
of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron is a land that devours its inhabitants,
was built seven years before Zoan in and all the people whom we saw in it
Eg ypt.) are men of g reat stature.
23 Then they came to the Valley of 33 There we saw the giants (the des-
Eshcol, and there cut down a branch cendants of Anak came from the gi-
with one cluster of g rapes; they car - ants); and we were like g rasshoppers
ried it between two of them on a in our own sight, and so we were in
pole. They also brought some of the their sight.”
pomeg ranates and figs.
24 The place was called the Valley of CHAPTER 14
Eshcol, because of the cluster which 1 So all the cong regation lifted up
the men of Israel cut down there. their voices and cried, and the people
25 And they returned from spying wept that night.
out the land after forty days. 2 And all the children of Israel com -
26 Now they departed and came plained against Moses and Aaron, and
back to Moses and Aaron and all the the whole cong regation said to them,
cong regation of the children of Is- “If only we had died in the land of
rael in the Wilderness of Paran, at Eg ypt! Or if only we had died in this
K adesh; they brought back word to wilderness!
them and to all the cong regation, and 3 Why has the LORD brought us to
showed them the fr uit of the land. this land to fall by the sword, that
27 Then they told him, and said: our wives and children should be-
“We went to the land where you sent come victims? Would it not be better
us. It tr uly flows with milk and for us to return to Eg ypt?”
honey, and this is its fr uit. 4 So they said to one another, “Let
28 Nevertheless the people who us select a leader and return to
dwell in the land are strong; the cities Eg ypt.”
are fortified and very large; moreover 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on
we saw the descendants of Anak their faces before all the assembly of
there. the cong regation of the children of
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land Israel.
of the South; the Hittites, the Jebus- 6 But Joshua the son of Nun and
ites, and the Amorites dwell in the Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who
mountains; and the Canaanites dwell were among those who had spied out
by the sea and along the banks of the the land, tore their clothes;
Jordan.” 7 and they spoke to all the cong rega -
30 Then Caleb quieted the people tion of the children of Israel, saying:
before Moses, and said, “Let us g o up “The land we passed through to spy

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out is an exceedingly g ood land. 18 “The LORD is longsuffering and


8 If the LORD delights in us, then abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity
He will bring us into this land and and transg ression; but He by no
give it to us, “a land which flows with means clears the guilty, visiting the
milk and honey.’ iniquity of the fathers on the chil-
9 Only do not rebel against the dren to the third and fourth genera-
LORD, nor fear the people of the tion.’
land, for they are our bread; their 19 Pardon the iniquity of this
protection has departed from them, people, I pray, according to the great-
and the LORD is with us. Do not ness of Your mercy, just as You have
fear them.” forgiven this people, from Eg ypt
10 And all the cong regation said to even until now.”
stone them with stones. Now the 20 Then the LORD said: “I have
glor y of the LORD appeared in the pardoned, according to your word;
tabernacle of meeting before all the 21 but tr uly, as I live, all the earth
children of Israel. shall be filled with the glory of the
11 Then the LORD said to Moses: LORD—
“How long will these people reject 22 because all these men who have
Me? And how long will they not be- seen My glory and the signs which I
lieve Me, with all the signs which I did in Eg ypt and in the wilderness,
have perfor med among them? and have put Me to the test now
12 I will strike them with the pesti- these ten times, and have not heeded
lence and disinherit them, and I will My voice,
make of you a nation g reater and 23 they certainly shall not see the
mightier than they.” land of which I swore to their fath-
13 And Moses said to the LORD: ers, nor shall any of those who rejec-
“Then the Eg yptians will hear it, for ted Me see it.
by Your might You brought these 24 But My ser vant Caleb, because he
people up from among them, has a different spirit in him and has
14 and they will tell it to the inhabit- followed Me fully, I will bring into
ants of this land. They have heard the land where he went, and his des-
that You, LORD, are among these cendants shall inherit it.
people; that You, LORD, are seen 25 Now the Amalekites and the
face to face and Your cloud stands Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomor -
above them, and You g o before them row turn and move out into the wil-
in a pillar of cloud by day and in a derness by the Way of the Red Sea.”
pillar of fire by night. 26 And the LORD spoke to Moses
15 Now if You kill these people as and Aaron, saying,
one man, then the nations which have 27 “How long shall I bear with this
heard of Your fame will speak, say- evil cong regation who complain
ing, against Me? I have heard the com-
16 “Because the LORD was not able plaints which the children of Israel
to bring this people to the land which make against Me.
He swore to give them, therefore He 28 Say to them, “As I live,’ says the
killed them in the wilderness.’ LORD, “just as you have spoken in
17 And now, I pray, let the power of My hearing, so I will do to you:
my Lord be g reat, just as You have 29 The carcasses of you who have
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this wilderness, all of you who were ing and went up to the top of the
numbered, according to your entire mountain, saying, “Here we are, and
number, from twenty years old and we will g o up to the place which the
above. LORD has promised, for we have
30 Except for Caleb the son of Je- sinned!”
phunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, 41 And Moses said, “Now why do
you shall by no means enter the land you transg ress the command of the
which I swore I would make you LORD? For this will not succeed.
dwell in. 42 Do not g o up, lest you be de-
31 But your little ones, whom you feated by your enemies, for the
said would be victims, I will bring in, LORD is not among you.
and they shall know the land which 43 For the Amalekites and the
you have despised. Canaanites are there before you, and
32 But as for you, your carcasses you shall fall by the sword; because
shall fall in this wilderness. you have turned away from the
33 And your sons shall be shepherds LORD, the LORD will not be with
in the wilderness forty years, and you.”
bear the brunt of your infidelity, un- 44 But they presumed to g o up to
til your carcasses are consumed in the the mountaintop. Nevertheless,
wilderness. neither the ark of the covenant of
34 According to the number of the the LORD nor Moses departed from
days in which you spied out the land, the camp.
forty days, for each day you shall bear 45 Then the Amalekites and the
your guilt one year, namely forty Canaanites who dwelt in that moun-
years, and you shall know My rejec- tain came down and attacked them,
tion. and drove them back as far as
35 I the LORD have spoken this. I Hor mah.
will surely do so to all this evil con-
g regation who are gathered together CHAPTER 15
against Me. In this wilderness they 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
shall be consumed, and there they saying,
shall die.”‘ 2 “Speak to the children of Israel,
36 Now the men whom Moses sent and say to them: “When you have
to spy out the land, who returned and come into the land you are to inhabit,
made all the cong regation complain which I am giving to you,
against him by bringing a bad report 3 and you make an offering by fire
of the land, to the LORD, a burnt offering or a
37 those very men who brought the sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a
evil report about the land, died by freewill offering or in your appointed
the plague before the LORD. feasts, to make a sweet aroma to the
38 But Joshua the son of Nun and LORD, from the herd or the flock,
Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained 4 then he who presents his offering
alive, of the men who went to spy to the LORD shall bring a g rain of-
out the land. fering of one-tenth of an ephah of
39 Then Moses told these words to fine flour mixed with one-fourth of a
all the children of Israel, and the hin of oil;
people mourned greatly. 5 and one-fourth of a hin of wine as
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with the burnt offering or the sacri- 18 “Speak to the children of Israel,
fice, for each lamb. and say to them: “When you come
6 Or for a ram you shall prepare as a into the land to which I bring you,
g rain offering two-tenths of an ephah 19 then it will be, when you eat of
of fine flour mixed with one-third of the bread of the land, that you shall
a hin of oil; offer up a heave offering to the
7 and as a drink offering you shall LORD.
offer one-third of a hin of wine as a 20 You shall offer up a cake of the
sweet aroma to the LORD. first of your g round meal as a heave
8 And when you prepare a young offering; as a heave offering of the
bull as a burnt offering, or as a sacri- threshing floor, so shall you offer it
fice to fulfill a vow, or as a peace of- up.
fering to the LORD, 21 Of the first of your g round meal
9 then shall be offered with the you shall give to the LORD a heave
young bull a g rain offering of three- offering throughout your generations.
tenths of an ephah of fine flour 22 “If you sin unintentionally, and
mixed with half a hin of oil; do not obser ve all these command-
10 and you shall bring as the drink ments which the LORD has spoken
offering half a hin of wine as an of- to Moses—
fering made by fire, a sweet aroma to 23 all that the LORD has com-
the LORD. manded you by the hand of Moses,
11 “Thus it shall be done for each from the day the LORD gave com-
young bull, for each ram, or for each mandment and onward throughout
lamb or young g oat. your generations—
12 According to the number that you 24 then it will be, if it is uninten-
prepare, so you shall do with every- tionally committed, without the
one according to their number. knowledge of the cong regation, that
13 All who are native-born shall do the whole cong regation shall offer
these things in this manner, in one young bull as a burnt offering, as
presenting an offering made by fire, a a sweet aroma to the LORD, with its
sweet aroma to the LORD. g rain offering and its drink offering,
14 And if a stranger dwells with you, according to the ordinance, and one
or whoever is among you throughout kid of the g oats as a sin offering.
your generations, and would present 25 So the priest shall make atone-
an offering made by fire, a sweet ment for the whole cong regation of
aroma to the LORD, just as you do, the children of Israel, and it shall be
so shall he do. forgiven them, for it was unintention-
15 One ordinance shall be for you of al; they shall bring their offering, an
the assembly and for the stranger offering made by fire to the LORD,
who dwells with you, an ordinance and their sin offering before the
forever throughout your generations; LORD, for their unintended sin.
as you are, so shall the stranger be 26 It shall be forgiven the whole
before the LORD. cong regation of the children of Is-
16 One law and one custom shall be rael and the stranger who dwells
for you and for the stranger who among them, because all the people
dwells with you.”‘ did it unintentionally.
17 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, 27 “And if a person sins uninten-
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g oat in its first year as a sin offering. thread in the tassels of the corners.
28 So the priest shall make atone- 39 And you shall have the tassel,
ment for the person who sins unin- that you may look upon it and re-
tentionally, when he sins unintention- member all the commandments of
ally before the LORD, to make atone- the LORD and do them, and that you
ment for him; and it shall be forgiven may not follow the harlotry to which
him. your own heart and your own eyes are
29 You shall have one law for him inclined,
who sins unintentionally, for him who 40 and that you may remember and
is native-born among the children of do all My commandments, and be
Israel and for the stranger who dwells holy for your God.
among them. 41 I am the LORD your God, who
30 “But the person who does any- brought you out of the land of
thing presumptuously, whether he is Eg ypt, to be your God: I am the
native-born or a stranger, that one LORD your God.”
brings reproach on the LORD, and he
shall be cut off from among his CHAPTER 16
people. 1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the
31 Because he has despised the word son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with
of the LORD, and has broken His Dathan and Abiram the sons of
commandment, that person shall be Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons
completely cut off; his guilt shall be of Reuben, took men;
upon him.”‘ 2 and they rose up before Moses
32 Now while the children of Israel with some of the children of Israel,
were in the wilderness, they found a two hundred and fifty leaders of the
man gathering sticks on the Sabbath cong regation, representatives of the
day. cong regation, men of renown.
33 And those who found him gather- 3 They gathered together against
ing sticks brought him to Moses and Moses and Aaron, and said to them,
Aaron, and to all the cong regation. “You take too much upon yourselves,
34 They put him under guard, be - for all the cong regation is holy, ever y
cause it had not been explained what one of them, and the LORD is
should be done to him. among them. Why then do you exalt
35 Then the LORD said to Moses, yourselves above the assembly of the
“The man must surely be put to LORD?”
death; all the cong regation shall 4 So when Moses heard it, he fell on
stone him with stones outside the his face;
camp.” 5 and he spoke to Korah and all his
36 So, as the LORD commanded company, saying, “Tomorrow morn-
Moses, all the cong regation brought ing the LORD will show who is His
him outside the camp and stoned him and who is holy, and will cause him
with stones, and he died. to come near to Him. That one whom
37 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, He chooses He will cause to come
saying, near to Him.
38 “Speak to the children of Israel: 6 Do this: Take censers, Korah and
Tell them to make tassels on the all your company;
cor ners of their gar ments throughout 7 put fire in them and put incense in
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and it shall be that the man whom the and Aaron, each with his censer.”
LORD chooses is the holy one. You 18 So every man took his censer, put
take too much upon yourselves, you fire in it, laid incense on it, and stood
sons of Levi!” at the door of the tabernacle of
8 Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear meeting with Moses and Aaron.
now, you sons of Levi: 19 And Korah gathered all the con-
9 Is it a small thing to you that the g regation against them at the door of
God of Israel has separated you from the tabernacle of meeting. Then the
the cong regation of Israel, to bring glory of the LORD appeared to all
you near to Himself, to do the work the cong regation.
of the tabernacle of the LORD, and 20 And the LORD spoke to Moses
to stand before the cong regation to and Aaron, saying,
ser ve them; 21 “Separate yourselves from among
10 and that He has brought you near this cong regation, that I may con-
to Himself, you and all your brethren, sume them in a moment.”
the sons of Levi, with you? And are 22 Then they fell on their faces, and
you seeking the priesthood also? said, “O God, the God of the spirits
11 Therefore you and all your com- of all flesh, shall one man sin, and
pany are gathered together against You be ang ry with all the cong rega-
the LORD. And what is Aaron that tion?”
you complain against him?” 23 So the LORD spoke to Moses,
12 And Moses sent to call Dathan saying,
and Abiram the sons of Eliab, but 24 “Speak to the cong regation, say-
they said, “We will not come up! ing, “Get away from the tents of
13 Is it a small thing that you have Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”‘
brought us up out of a land flowing 25 Then Moses rose and went to
with milk and honey, to kill us in the Dathan and Abiram, and the elders
wilderness, that you should keep act- of Israel followed him.
ing like a prince over us? 26 And he spoke to the cong rega-
14 Moreover you have not brought tion, saying, “Depart now from the
us into a land flowing with milk and tents of these wicked men! Touch
honey, nor given us inheritance of nothing of theirs, lest you be con-
fields and vineyards. Will you put out sumed in all their sins.”
the eyes of these men? We will not 27 So they g ot away from around the
come up!” tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram;
15 Then Moses was very ang ry, and and Dathan and Abiram came out and
said to the LORD, “Do not respect stood at the door of their tents, with
their offering. I have not taken one their wives, their sons, and their little
donkey from them, nor have I hurt children.
one of them.” 28 And Moses said: “By this you
16 And Moses said to Korah, “To- shall know that the LORD has sent
mor row, you and all your company be me to do all these works, for I have
present before the LORD—you and not done them of my own will.
they, as well as Aaron. 29 If these men die naturally like all
17 Let each take his censer and put men, or if they are visited by the
incense in it, and each of you bring common fate of all men, then the
his censer before the LORD, two LORD has not sent me.
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thing, and the earth opens its mouth Korah and his companions, just as
and swallows them up with all that the LORD had said to him through
belongs to them, and they g o down Moses.
alive into the pit, then you will un- 41 On the next day all the cong rega -
derstand that these men have rejected tion of the children of Israel com-
the LORD.” plained against Moses and Aaron,
31 Now it came to pass, as he fin - saying, “You have killed the people
ished speaking all these words, that of the LORD.”
the ground split apart under them, 42 Now it happened, when the con-
32 and the earth opened its mouth g regation had gathered against Moses
and swallowed them up, with their and Aaron, that they turned toward
households and all the men with the tabernacle of meeting; and sud-
Korah, with all their g oods. denly the cloud covered it, and the
33 So they and all those with them glory of the LORD appeared.
went down alive into the pit; the 43 Then Moses and Aaron came be -
earth closed over them, and they per- fore the tabernacle of meeting.
ished from among the assembly. 44 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
34 Then all Israel who were around saying,
them fled at their cry, for they said, 45 “Get away from among this con-
“Lest the earth swallow us up also!” g regation, that I may consume them
35 And a fire came out from the in a moment.” And they fell on their
LORD and consumed the two hun- faces.
dred and fifty men who were offering 46 So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a
incense. censer and put fire in it from the al-
36 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, tar, put incense on it, and take it
saying: quickly to the cong regation and make
37 “Tell Eleazar, the son of Aaron atonement for them; for wrath has
the priest, to pick up the censers out g one out from the LORD. The plague
of the blaze, for they are holy, and has begun.”
scatter the fire some distance away. 47 Then Aaron took it as Moses
38 The censers of these men who commanded, and ran into the midst
sinned against their own souls, let of the assembly; and already the
them be made into hammered plates plague had begun among the people.
as a covering for the altar. Because So he put in the incense and made
they presented them before the atonement for the people.
LORD, therefore they are holy; and 48 And he stood between the dead
they shall be a sign to the children of and the living; so the plague was
Israel.” stopped.
39 So Eleazar the priest took the 49 Now those who died in the
bronze censers, which those who plague were fourteen thousand seven
were burned up had presented, and hundred, besides those who died in
they were hammered out as a cover- the Korah incident.
ing on the altar, 50 So Aaron returned to Moses at
40 to be a memorial to the children the door of the tabernacle of meet-
of Israel that no outsider, who is not ing, for the plague had stopped.
a descendant of Aaron, should come
near to offer incense before the CHAPTER 17
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saying: 12 So the children of Israel spoke to


2 “Speak to the children of Israel, Moses, saying, “Surely we die, we
and get from them a rod from each perish, we all perish!
father’s house, all their leaders ac- 13 Whoever even comes near the
cording to their fathers’ houses— tabernacle of the LORD must die.
twelve rods. Write each man’s name Shall we all utterly die?”
on his rod.
3 And you shall write Aaron’s name CHAPTER 18
on the rod of Levi. For there shall be 1 Then the LORD said to Aaron:
one rod for the head of each father’s “You and your sons and your father’s
house. house with you shall bear the iniquity
4 Then you shall place them in the related to the sanctuary, and you and
tabernacle of meeting before the your sons with you shall bear the
Testimony, where I meet with you. iniquity associated with your priest-
5 And it shall be that the rod of the hood.
man whom I choose will blossom; 2 Also bring with you your brethren
thus I will rid Myself of the com- of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your
plaints of the children of Israel, father, that they may be joined with
which they make against you.” you and ser ve you while you and your
6 So Moses spoke to the children of sons are with you before the taber-
Israel, and each of their leaders gave nacle of witness.
him a rod apiece, for each leader ac- 3 They shall attend to your needs
cording to their fathers’ houses, and all the needs of the tabernacle;
twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron but they shall not come near the art-
was among their rods. icles of the sanctuary and the altar,
7 And Moses placed the rods before lest they die—they and you also.
the LORD in the tabernacle of wit- 4 They shall be joined with you and
ness. attend to the needs of the tabernacle
8 Now it came to pass on the next of meeting, for all the work of the
day that Moses went into the taber - tabernacle; but an outsider shall not
nacle of witness, and behold, the rod come near you.
of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had 5 And you shall attend to the duties
sprouted and put forth buds, had of the sanctuary and the duties of
produced blossoms and yielded ripe the altar, that there may be no more
almonds. wrath on the children of Israel.
9 Then Moses brought out all the 6 Behold, I Myself have taken your
rods from before the LORD to all the brethren the Levites from among the
children of Israel; and they looked, children of Israel; they are a gift to
and each man took his rod. you, given by the LORD, to do the
10 And the LORD said to Moses, work of the tabernacle of meeting.
“Bring Aaron’s rod back before the 7 Therefore you and your sons with
Testimony, to be kept as a sign you shall attend to your priesthood
against the rebels, that you may put for everything at the altar and behind
their complaints away from Me, lest the veil; and you shall ser ve. I give
they die.” your priesthood to you as a gift for
11 Thus did Moses; just as the ser vice, but the outsider who comes
LORD had commanded him, so he near shall be put to death.”
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“Here, I Myself have also given you of a g oat you shall not redeem; they
charge of My heave offerings, all the are holy. You shall sprinkle their
holy gifts of the children of Israel; I blood on the altar, and burn their fat
have given them as a portion to you as an offering made by fire for a
and your sons, as an ordinance sweet aroma to the LORD.
forever. 18 And their flesh shall be yours,
9 This shall be yours of the most just as the wave breast and the right
holy things reser ved from the fire: thigh are yours.
ever y offering of theirs, every grain 19 “All the heave offerings of the
offering and every sin offering and holy things, which the children of Is-
ever y trespass offering which they rael offer to the LORD, I have given
render to Me, shall be most holy for to you and your sons and daughters
you and your sons. with you as an ordinance forever; it is
10 In a most holy place you shall eat a covenant of salt forever before the
it; ever y male shall eat it. It shall be LORD with you and your descend-
holy to you. ants with you.”
11 “This also is yours: the heave of- 20 Then the LORD said to Aaron:
fering of their gift, with all the wave “You shall have no inheritance in
offerings of the children of Israel; I their land, nor shall you have any
have given them to you, and your portion among them; I am your por -
sons and daughters with you, as an tion and your inheritance among the
ordinance forever. everyone who is children of Israel.
clean in your house may eat it. 21 “Behold, I have given the children
12 “All the best of the oil, all the of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an
best of the new wine and the g rain, inheritance in return for the work
their firstfr uits which they offer to which they perfor m, the work of the
the LORD, I have given them to you. tabernacle of meeting.
13 Whatever first ripe fr uit is in 22 Hereafter the children of Israel
their land, which they bring to the shall not come near the tabernacle of
LORD, shall be yours. Everyone who meeting, lest they bear sin and die.
is clean in your house may eat it. 23 But the Levites shall perfor m the
14 “Every devoted thing in Israel work of the tabernacle of meeting,
shall be yours. and they shall bear their iniquity; it
15 “Everything that first opens the shall be a statute forever, throughout
womb of all flesh, which they bring your generations, that among the
to the LORD, whether man or beast, children of Israel they shall have no
shall be yours; nevertheless the first- inheritance.
born of man you shall surely redeem, 24 For the tithes of the children of
and the firstborn of unclean animals Israel, which they offer up as a heave
you shall redeem. offering to the LORD, I have given
16 And those redeemed of the de- to the Levites as an inheritance;
voted things you shall redeem when therefore I have said to them,
one month old, according to your “Among the children of Israel they
valuation, for five shekels of silver, shall have no inheritance.”‘
according to the shekel of the sanc- 25 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
tuar y, which is twenty gerahs. saying,
17 But the firstborn of a cow, the 26 “Speak thus to the Levites, and
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the children of Israel the tithes fore him;


which I have given you from them as 4 and Eleazar the priest shall take
your inheritance, then you shall offer some of its blood with his finger, and
up a heave offering of it to the sprinkle some of its blood seven
LORD, a tenth of the tithe. times directly in front of the taber -
27 And your heave offering shall be nacle of meeting.
reckoned to you as though it were the 5 Then the heifer shall be burned in
g rain of the threshing floor and as his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood,
the fullness of the winepress. and its offal shall be burned.
28 Thus you shall also offer a heave 6 And the priest shall take cedar
offering to the LORD from all your wood and hyssop and scarlet, and
tithes which you receive from the cast them into the midst of the fire
children of Israel, and you shall give burning the heifer.
the LORD’s heave offering from it to 7 Then the priest shall wash his
Aaron the priest. clothes, he shall bathe in water, and
29 Of all your gifts you shall offer afterward he shall come into the
up every heave offering due to the camp; the priest shall be unclean un-
LORD, from all the best of them, the til evening.
consecrated part of them.’ 8 And the one who burns it shall
30 Therefore you shall say to them: wash his clothes in water, bathe in
“When you have lifted up the best of water, and shall be unclean until
it, then the rest shall be accounted to evening.
the Levites as the produce of the 9 Then a man who is clean shall
threshing floor and as the produce of gather up the ashes of the heifer, and
the winepress. store them outside the camp in a
31 You may eat it in any place, you clean place; and they shall be kept for
and your households, for it is your the cong regation of the children of
reward for your work in the taber- Israel for the water of purification; it
nacle of meeting. is for purifying from sin.
32 And you shall bear no sin because 10 And the one who gathers the
of it, when you have lifted up the ashes of the heifer shall wash his
best of it. But you shall not profane clothes, and be unclean until evening.
the holy gifts of the children of Is - It shall be a statute forever to the
rael, lest you die.”‘ children of Israel and to the stranger
who dwells among them.
CHAPTER 19 11 “He who touches the dead body
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses of anyone shall be unclean seven
and Aaron, saying, days.
2 “This is the ordinance of the law 12 He shall purify himself with the
which the LORD has commanded, water on the third day and on the
saying: “Speak to the children of Is- seventh day; then he will be clean.
rael, that they bring you a red heifer But if he does not purify himself on
without blemish, in which there is no the third day and on the seventh day,
defect and on which a yoke has never he will not be clean.
come. 13 Whoever touches the body of
3 You shall give it to Eleazar the anyone who has died, and does not
priest, that he may take it outside the purify himself, defiles the tabernacle
camp, and it shall be slaughtered be- of the LORD. That person shall be

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cut off from Israel. He shall be un- until evening.”‘


clean, because the water of purifica-
tion was not sprinkled on him; his CHAPTER 20
uncleanness is still on him. 1 Then the children of Israel, the
14 “This is the law when a man dies whole cong regation, came into the
in a tent: All who come into the tent Wilderness of Zin in the first month,
and all who are in the tent shall be and the people stayed in Kadesh; and
unclean seven days; Miriam died there and was buried
15 and every open vessel, which has there.
no cover fastened on it, is unclean. 2 Now there was no water for the
16 Whoever in the open field cong regation; so they gathered to-
touches one who is slain by a sword gether against Moses and Aaron.
or who has died, or a bone of a man, 3 And the people contended with
or a g rave, shall be unclean seven Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we
days. had died when our brethren died be-
17 “And for an unclean person they fore the LORD!
shall take some of the ashes of the 4 Why have you brought up the as-
heifer burnt for purification from sin, sembly of the LORD into this wil-
and r unning water shall be put on derness, that we and our animals
them in a vessel. should die here?
18 A clean person shall take hyssop 5 And why have you made us come
and dip it in the water, sprinkle it on up out of Eg ypt, to bring us to this
the tent, on all the vessels, on the evil place? It is not a place of g rain
persons who were there, or on the or figs or vines or pomeg ranates; nor
one who touched a bone, the slain, is there any water to drink.”
the dead, or a grave. 6 So Moses and Aaron went from
19 The clean person shall sprinkle the presence of the assembly to the
the unclean on the third day and on door of the tabernacle of meeting,
the seventh day; and on the seventh and they fell on their faces. And the
day he shall purify himself, wash his glory of the LORD appeared to
clothes, and bathe in water; and at them.
evening he shall be clean. 7 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
20 “But the man who is unclean and saying,
does not purify himself, that person 8 “Take the rod; you and your broth-
shall be cut off from among the as- er Aaron gather the cong regation to-
sembly, because he has defiled the gether. Speak to the rock before their
sanctuary of the LORD. The water of eyes, and it will yield its water; thus
purification has not been sprinkled you shall bring water for them out of
on him; he is unclean. the rock, and give drink to the con-
21 It shall be a perpetual statute for g regation and their animals.”
them. He who sprinkles the water of 9 So Moses took the rod from be-
purification shall wash his clothes; fore the LORD as He commanded
and he who touches the water of him.
purification shall be unclean until 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered
evening. the assembly together before the
22 Whatever the unclean person rock; and he said to them, “Hear now,
touches shall be unclean; and the per- you rebels! Must we bring water for
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11 Then Moses lifted his hand and them with many men and with a
str uck the rock twice with his rod; strong hand.
and water came out abundantly, and 21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel
the cong regation and their animals passage through his territory; so Is-
drank. rael turned away from him.
12 Then the LORD spoke to Moses 22 Now the children of Israel, the
and Aaron, “Because you did not be- whole cong regation, journeyed from
lieve Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of K adesh and came to Mount Hor.
the children of Israel, therefore you 23 And the LORD spoke to Moses
shall not bring this assembly into the and Aaron in Mount Hor by the bor -
land which I have given them.” der of the land of Edom, saying:
13 This was the water of Meribah, 24 “Aaron shall be gathered to his
because the children of Israel con- people, for he shall not enter the land
tended with the LORD, and He was which I have given to the children of
hallowed among them. Israel, because you rebelled against
14 Now Moses sent messengers from My word at the water of Meribah.
K adesh to the king of Edom. “Thus 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son,
says your brother Israel: “You know and bring them up to Mount Hor;
all the hardship that has befallen us, 26 and strip Aaron of his gar ments
15 how our fathers went down to and put them on Eleazar his son; for
Eg ypt, and we dwelt in Eg ypt a long Aaron shall be gathered to his people
time, and the Eg yptians afflicted us and die there.”
and our fathers. 27 So Moses did just as the LORD
16 When we cried out to the LORD, commanded, and they went up to
He heard our voice and sent the An- Mount Hor in the sight of all the
gel and brought us up out of Eg ypt; cong regation.
now here we are in Kadesh, a city on 28 Moses stripped Aaron of his gar -
the edge of your border. ments and put them on Eleazar his
17 Please let us pass through your son; and Aaron died there on the top
countr y. We will not pass through of the mountain. Then Moses and
fields or vineyards, nor will we drink Eleazar came down from the moun-
water from wells; we will g o along tain.
the King’s Highway; we will not turn 29 Now when all the cong regation
aside to the right hand or to the left saw that Aaron was dead, all the
until we have passed through your house of Israel mourned for Aaron
ter ritor y.”‘ thirty days.
18 Then Edom said to him, “You
shall not pass through my land, lest I CHAPTER 21
come out against you with the 1 The king of Arad, the Canaanite,
sword.” who dwelt in the South, heard that
19 So the children of Israel said to Israel was coming on the road to
him, “We will g o by the Highway, and Atharim. Then he fought against Is-
if I or my livestock drink any of your rael and took some of them prison-
water, then I will pay for it; let me ers.
only pass through on foot, nothing 2 So Israel made a vow to the
more.” LORD, and said, “If You will indeed
20 Then he said, “You shall not pass deliver this people into my hand,
through.” So Edom came out against then I will utterly destroy their cit-

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ies.” that extends from the border of the


3 And the LORD listened to the Amorites; for the Arnon is the border
voice of Israel and delivered up the of Moab, between Moab and the
Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed Amorites.
them and their cities. So the name of 14 Therefore it is said in the Book
that place was called Hor mah. of the Wars of the LORD: “Waheb in
4 Then they journeyed from Mount Suphah, The brooks of the Arnon,
Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to g o 15 And the slope of the brooks That
around the land of Edom; and the reaches to the dwelling of Ar, And
soul of the people became very dis- lies on the border of Moab.”
couraged on the way. 16 From there they went to Beer,
5 And the people spoke against God which is the well where the LORD
and against Moses: “Why have you said to Moses, “Gather the people to-
brought us up out of Eg ypt to die in gether, and I will give them water.”
the wilderness? For there is no food 17 Then Israel sang this song:
and no water, and our soul loathes “Spring up, O well! All of you sing to
this worthless bread.” it—
6 So the LORD sent fiery serpents 18 The well the leaders sank, Dug by
among the people, and they bit the the nation’s nobles, By the lawgiver,
people; and many of the people of with their staves.” And from the wil-
Israel died. derness they went to Mattanah,
7 Therefore the people came to 19 from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from
Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for Nahaliel to Bamoth,
we have spoken against the LORD 20 and from Bamoth, in the valley
and against you; pray to the LORD that is in the country of Moab, to the
that He take away the serpents from top of Pisgah which looks down on
us.” So Moses prayed for the people. the wasteland.
8 Then the LORD said to Moses, 21 Then Israel sent messengers to
“Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
pole; and it shall be that everyone 22 “Let me pass through your land.
who is bitten, when he looks at it, We will not turn aside into fields or
shall live.” vineyards; we will not drink water
9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, from wells. We will g o by the King’s
and put it on a pole; and so it was, if Highway until we have passed
a serpent had bitten anyone, when he through your territory.”
looked at the bronze serpent, he 23 But Sihon would not allow Israel
lived. to pass through his territor y. So Si-
10 Now the children of Israel moved hon gathered all his people together
on and camped in Oboth. and went out against Israel in the wil-
11 And they journeyed from Oboth derness, and he came to Jahaz and
and camped at Ije Abarim, in the wil- fought against Israel.
derness which is east of Moab, to- 24 Then Israel defeated him with the
ward the sunrise. edge of the sword, and took posses-
12 From there they moved and sion of his land from the Arnon to
camped in the Valley of Zered. the Jabbok, as far as the people of
13 From there they moved and Ammon; for the border of the people
camped on the other side of the of Ammon was fortified.
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Israel dwelt in all the cities of the and camped in the plains of Moab on
Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its the side of the Jordan across from
villages. Jericho.
26 For Heshbon was the city of Si- 2 Now Balak the son of Zippor saw
hon king of the Amorites, who had all that Israel had done to the Amor-
fought against the for mer king of ites.
Moab, and had taken all his land from 3 And Moab was exceedingly afraid
his hand as far as the Arnon. of the people because they were
27 Therefore those who speak in many, and Moab was sick with dread
proverbs say: “Come to Heshbon, let because of the children of Israel.
it be built; Let the city of Sihon be 4 So Moab said to the elders of
repaired. Midian, “Now this company will lick
28 “For fire went out from Heshbon, up everything around us, as an ox
A flame from the city of Sihon; It licks up the g rass of the field.” And
consumed Ar of Moab, The lords of Balak the son of Zippor was king of
the heights of the Arnon. the Moabites at that time.
29 Woe to you, Moab! You have per- 5 Then he sent messengers to Bal-
ished, O people of Chemosh! He has aam the son of Beor at Pethor, which
given his sons as fugitives, And his is near the River in the land of the
daughters into captivity, To Sihon sons of his people, to call him, say-
king of the Amorites. ing: “Look, a people has come from
30 “But we have shot at them; Hesh- Eg ypt. See, they cover the face of the
bon has perished as far as Dibon. earth, and are settling next to me!
Then we laid waste as far as Nophah, 6 Therefore please come at once,
Which reaches to Medeba.” curse this people for me, for they are
31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be
the Amorites. able to defeat them and drive them
32 Then Moses sent to spy out Jazer; out of the land, for I know that he
and they took its villages and drove whom you bless is blessed, and he
out the Amorites who were there. whom you curse is cursed.”
33 And they turned and went up by 7 So the elders of Moab and the eld -
the way to Bashan. So Og king of ers of Midian departed with the di-
Bashan went out against them, he and viner’s fee in their hand, and they
all his people, to battle at Edrei. came to Balaam and spoke to him the
34 Then the LORD said to Moses, words of Balak.
“Do not fear him, for I have de- 8 And he said to them, “Lodge here
livered him into your hand, with all tonight, and I will bring back word to
his people and his land; and you shall you, as the LORD speaks to me.” So
do to him as you did to Sihon king of the princes of Moab stayed with Bal-
the Amorites, who dwelt at Hesh- aam.
bon.” 9 Then God came to Balaam and
35 So they defeated him, his sons, said, “Who are these men with you?”
and all his people, until there was no 10 So Balaam said to God, “Balak
sur vivor left him; and they took pos- the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has
session of his land. sent to me, saying,
11 “Look, a people has come out of
CHAPTER 22 Eg ypt, and they cover the face of the
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perhaps I shall be able to overpower 23 Now the donkey saw the Angel of
them and drive them out.”‘ the LORD standing in the way with
12 And God said to Balaam, “You His drawn sword in His hand, and the
shall not g o with them; you shall not donkey turned aside out of the way
curse the people, for they are and went into the field. So Balaam
blessed.” str uck the donkey to turn her back
13 So Balaam rose in the morning onto the road.
and said to the princes of Balak, “Go 24 Then the Angel of the LORD
back to your land, for the LORD has stood in a narrow path between the
refused to give me per mission to g o vineyards, with a wall on this side
with you.” and a wall on that side.
14 And the princes of Moab rose 25 And when the donkey saw the
and went to Balak, and said, “Balaam Angel of the LORD, she pushed her-
refuses to come with us.” self against the wall and cr ushed Bal-
15 Then Balak again sent princes, aam’s foot against the wall; so he
more numerous and more honorable str uck her again.
than they. 26 Then the Angel of the LORD
16 And they came to Balaam and went further, and stood in a narrow
said to him, “Thus says Balak the son place where there was no way to turn
of Zippor: “Please let nothing hinder either to the right hand or to the left.
you from coming to me; 27 And when the donkey saw the
17 for I will certainly honor you Angel of the LORD, she lay down
g reatly, and I will do whatever you under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was
say to me. Therefore please come, aroused, and he str uck the donkey
curse this people for me.”‘ with his staff.
18 Then Balaam answered and said 28 Then the LORD opened the
to the ser vants of Balak, “Though mouth of the donkey, and she said to
Balak were to give me his house full Balaam, “What have I done to you,
of silver and g old, I could not g o that you have str uck me these three
beyond the word of the LORD my times?”
God, to do less or more. 29 And Balaam said to the donkey,
19 Now therefore, please, you also “Because you have abused me. I wish
stay here tonight, that I may know there were a sword in my hand, for
what more the LORD will say to me.” now I would kill you!”
20 And God came to Balaam at night 30 So the donkey said to Balaam,
and said to him, “If the men come to “Am I not your donkey on which you
call you, rise and g o with them; but have ridden, ever since I became
only the word which I speak to you— yours, to this day? Was I ever dis-
that you shall do.” posed to do this to you?” And he
21 So Balaam rose in the morning, said, “No.”
saddled his donkey, and went with the 31 Then the LORD opened Balaam’s
princes of Moab. eyes, and he saw the Angel of the
22 Then God’s anger was aroused LORD standing in the way with His
because he went, and the Angel of drawn sword in His hand; and he
the LORD took His stand in the way bowed his head and fell flat on his
as an adversary against him. And he face.
was riding on his donkey, and his two 32 And the Angel of the LORD said
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donkey these three times? Behold, I for me here seven bulls and seven
have come out to stand against you, rams.”
because your way is per verse before 2 And Balak did just as Balaam had
Me. spoken, and Balak and Balaam
33 The donkey saw Me and turned offered a bull and a ram on each al-
aside from Me these three times. If tar.
she had not turned aside from Me, 3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand
surely I would also have killed you by by your burnt offering, and I will g o;
now, and let her live.” perhaps the LORD will come to meet
34 And Balaam said to the Angel of me, and whatever He shows me I will
the LORD, “I have sinned, for I did tell you.” So he went to a desolate
not know You stood in the way height.
against me. Now therefore, if it dis- 4 And God met Balaam, and he said
pleases You, I will turn back.” to Him, “I have prepared the seven
35 Then the Angel of the LORD altars, and I have offered on each al-
said to Balaam, “Go with the men, tar a bull and a ram.”
but only the word that I speak to you, 5 Then the LORD put a word in Bal-
that you shall speak.” So Balaam went aam’s mouth, and said, “Return to
with the princes of Balak. Balak, and thus you shall speak.”
36 Now when Balak heard that Bal- 6 So he returned to him, and there
aam was coming, he went out to meet he was, standing by his burnt offer-
him at the city of Moab, which is on ing, he and all the princes of Moab.
the border at the Arnon, the bound- 7 And he took up his oracle and
ar y of the territory. said: “Balak the king of Moab has
37 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Did brought me from Aram, From the
I not earnestly send to you, calling mountains of the east. “Come, curse
for you? Why did you not come to Jacob for me, And come, denounce
me? Am I not able to honor you?” Israel!’
38 And Balaam said to Balak, “Look, 8 “How shall I curse whom God has
I have come to you! Now, have I any not cursed? And how shall I de-
power at all to say anything? The nounce whom the LORD has not de-
word that God puts in my mouth, nounced?
that I must speak.” 9 For from the top of the rocks I
39 So Balaam went with Balak, and see him, And from the hills I behold
they came to Kirjath Huzoth. him; There! A people dwelling alone,
40 Then Balak offered oxen and Not reckoning itself among the na-
sheep, and he sent some to Balaam tions.
and to the princes who were with 10 “Who can count the dust of Jac-
him. ob, Or number one-fourth of Israel?
41 So it was, the next day, that Balak Let me die the death of the right-
took Balaam and brought him up to eous, And let my end be like his!”
the high places of Baal, that from 11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What
there he might obser ve the extent of have you done to me? I took you to
the people. curse my enemies, and look, you have
blessed them bountifully!”
CHAPTER 23 12 So he answered and said, “Must I
1 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build not take heed to speak what the
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13 Then Balak said to him, “Please prey, And drinks the blood of the
come with me to another place from slain.”
which you may see them; you shall 25 Then Balak said to Balaam,
see only the outer part of them, and “Neither curse them at all, nor bless
shall not see them all; curse them for them at all!”
me from there.” 26 So Balaam answered and said to
14 So he brought him to the field of Balak, “Did I not tell you, saying,
Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and “All that the LORD speaks, that I
built seven altars, and offered a bull must do’?”
and a ram on each altar. 27 Then Balak said to Balaam,
15 And he said to Balak, “Stand here “Please come, I will take you to an-
by your burnt offering while I meet other place; perhaps it will please
the LORD over there.” God that you may curse them for me
16 Then the LORD met Balaam, and from there.”
put a word in his mouth, and said, 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top
“Go back to Balak, and thus you shall of Peor, that overlooks the waste-
speak.” land.
17 So he came to him, and there he 29 Then Balaam said to Balak,
was, standing by his burnt offering, “Build for me here seven altars, and
and the princes of Moab were with prepare for me here seven bulls and
him. And Balak said to him, “What seven rams.”
has the LORD spoken?” 30 And Balak did as Balaam had
18 Then he took up his oracle and said, and offered a bull and a ram on
said: “Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen every altar.
to me, son of Zippor!
19 “God is not a man, that He CHAPTER 24
should lie, Nor a son of man, that He 1 Now when Balaam saw that it
should repent. Has He said, and will pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he
He not do? Or has He spoken, and did not g o as at other times, to seek
will He not make it g ood? to use sorcery, but he set his face to-
20 Behold, I have received a com- ward the wilderness.
mand to bless; He has blessed, and I 2 And Balaam raised his eyes, and
cannot reverse it. saw Israel encamped according to
21 “He has not obser ved iniquity in their tribes; and the Spirit of God
Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in came upon him.
Israel. The LORD his God is with 3 Then he took up his oracle and
him, And the shout of a King is said: “The utterance of Balaam the
among them. son of Beor, The utterance of the
22 God brings them out of Eg ypt; man whose eyes are opened,
He has strength like a wild ox. 4 The utterance of him who hears
23 “For there is no sorcery against the words of God, Who sees the vis-
Jacob, Nor any divination against Is- ion of the Almighty, Who falls down,
rael. It now must be said of Jacob with eyes wide open:
And of Israel, “Oh, what God has 5 “How lovely are your tents, O Jac-
done!’ ob! Your dwellings, O Israel!
24 Look, a people rises like a lion- 6 Like valleys that stretch out, Like
ess, And lifts itself up like a lion; It gardens by the riverside, Like aloes
shall not lie down until it devours the planted by the LORD, Like cedars be-

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side the waters. Him, but not near; A Star shall come
7 He shall pour water from his buck- out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out
ets, And his seed shall be in many of Israel, And batter the brow of
waters. “His king shall be higher than Moab, And destroy all the sons of tu-
Agag, And his kingdom shall be exal- mult.
ted. 18 “And Edom shall be a possession;
8 “God brings him out of Eg ypt; He Seir also, his enemies, shall be a pos-
has strength like a wild ox; He shall session, While Israel does valiantly.
consume the nations, his enemies; He 19 Out of Jacob One shall have
shall break their bones And pierce dominion, And destroy the remains
them with his arrows. of the city.”
9 “He bows down, he lies down as a 20 Then he looked on Amalek, and
lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse he took up his oracle and said:
him?’ “Blessed is he who blesses you, “Amalek was first among the nations,
And cursed is he who curses you.” But shall be last until he perishes.”
10 Then Balak’s anger was aroused 21 Then he looked on the Kenites,
against Balaam, and he struck his and he took up his oracle and said:
hands together; and Balak said to Ba- “Fir m is your dwelling place, And
laam, “I called you to curse my en- your nest is set in the rock;
emies, and look, you have bountifully 22 Nevertheless Kain shall be
blessed them these three times! burned. How long until Asshur car -
11 Now therefore, flee to your place. ries you away captive?”
I said I would g reatly honor you, but 23 Then he took up his oracle and
in fact, the LORD has kept you back said: “Alas! Who shall live when God
from honor.” does this?
12 So Balaam said to Balak, “Did I 24 But ships shall come from the
not also speak to your messengers coasts of Cypr us, And they shall af-
whom you sent to me, saying, flict Asshur and afflict Eber, And so
13 “If Balak were to give me his shall Amalek, until he perishes.”
house full of silver and g old, I could 25 So Balaam rose and departed and
not g o beyond the word of the returned to his place; Balak also went
LORD, to do g ood or bad of my own his way.
will. What the LORD says, that I
must speak’? CHAPTER 25
14 And now, indeed, I am g oing to 1 Now Israel remained in Acacia
my people. Come, I will advise you Grove, and the people began to com-
what this people will do to your mit harlotry with the women of
people in the latter days.” Moab.
15 So he took up his oracle and said: 2 They invited the people to the sac-
“The utterance of Balaam the son of rifices of their g ods, and the people
Beor, And the utterance of the man ate and bowed down to their g ods.
whose eyes are opened; 3 So Israel was joined to Baal of
16 The utterance of him who hears Peor, and the anger of the LORD
the words of God, And has the was aroused against Israel.
knowledge of the Most High, Who 4 Then the LORD said to Moses,
sees the vision of the Almighty, Who “Take all the leaders of the people
falls down, with eyes wide open: and hang the offenders before the
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anger of the LORD may turn away woman who was killed was Cozbi the
from Israel.” daughter of Zur; he was head of the
5 So Moses said to the judges of Is - people of a father’s house in Midian.
rael, “Every one of you kill his men 16 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
who were joined to Baal of Peor.” saying:
6 And indeed, one of the children 17 “Harass the Midianites, and attack
of Israel came and presented to his them;
brethren a Midianite woman in the 18 for they harassed you with their
sight of Moses and in the sight of all schemes by which they seduced you
the cong regation of the children of in the matter of Peor and in the mat-
Israel, who were weeping at the door ter of Cozbi, the daughter of a leader
of the tabernacle of meeting. of Midian, their sister, who was
7 Now when Phinehas the son of killed in the day of the plague be-
Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, cause of Peor.”
saw it, he rose from among the con -
g regation and took a javelin in his CHAPTER 26
hand; 1 And it came to pass, after the
8 and he went after the man of Is- plague, that the LORD spoke to
rael into the tent and thr ust both of Moses and Eleazar the son of Aaron
them through, the man of Israel, and the priest, saying:
the woman through her body. So the 2 “Take a census of all the cong reg -
plague was stopped among the chil- ation of the children of Israel from
dren of Israel. twenty years old and above, by their
9 And those who died in the plague fathers’ houses, all who are able to g o
were twenty-four thousand. to war in Israel.”
10 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 3 So Moses and Eleazar the priest
saying: spoke with them in the plains of
11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the Moab by the Jordan, across from
son of Aaron the priest, has turned Jericho, saying:
back My wrath from the children of 4 “Take a census of the people from
Israel, because he was zealous with twenty years old and above, just as
My zeal among them, so that I did the LORD commanded Moses and
not consume the children of Israel in the children of Israel who came out
My zeal. of the land of Eg ypt.”
12 Therefore say, “Behold, I give to 5 Reuben was the firstborn of Israel.
him My covenant of peace; The children of Reuben were: of
13 and it shall be to him and his des- Hanoch, the family of the
cendants after him a covenant of an Hanochites; of Pallu, the family of
everlasting priesthood, because he the Palluites;
was zealous for his God, and made 6 of Hezron, the family of the
atonement for the children of Hezronites; of Car mi, the family of
Israel.”‘ the Carmites.
14 Now the name of the Israelite 7 These are the families of the Re-
who was killed, who was killed with ubenites: those who were numbered
the Midianite woman, was Zimri the of them were forty-three thousand
son of Salu, a leader of a father’s seven hundred and thirty.
house among the Simeonites. 8 And the son of Pallu was Eliab.
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Dathan, and Abiram. These are the of Hamul, the family of the Ham-
Dathan and Abiram, representatives ulites.
of the cong regation, who contended 22 These are the families of Judah
against Moses and Aaron in the com- according to those who were
pany of Korah, when they contended numbered of them: seventy-six thou-
against the LORD; sand five hundred.
10 and the earth opened its mouth 23 The sons of Issachar according
and swallowed them up together with to their families were: of Tola, the
Korah when that company died, when family of the Tolaites; of Puah, the
the fire devoured two hundred and family of the Punites;
fifty men; and they became a sign. 24 of Jashub, the family of the
11 Nevertheless the children of Jashubites; of Shimron, the family of
Korah did not die. the Shimronites.
12 The sons of Simeon according to 25 These are the families of Issachar
their families were: of Nemuel, the according to those who were
family of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, numbered of them: sixty-four thou-
the family of the Jaminites; of sand three hundred.
Jachin, the family of the Jachinites; 26 The sons of Zebulun according
13 of Zerah, the family of the Zar- to their families were: of Sered, the
hites; of Shaul, the family of the family of the Sardites; of Elon, the
Shaulites. family of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the
14 These are the families of the family of the Jahleelites.
Simeonites: twenty-two thousand two 27 These are the families of the Ze-
hundred. bulunites according to those who
15 The sons of Gad according to were numbered of them: sixty thou-
their families were: of Zephon, the sand five hundred.
family of the Zephonites; of Hag gi, 28 The sons of Joseph according to
the family of the Hag gites; of Shuni, their families, by Manasseh and Eph-
the family of the Shunites; raim, were:
16 of Ozni, the family of the Ozn- 29 The sons of Manasseh: of
ites; of Eri, the family of the Erites; Machir, the family of the Machirites;
17 of Arod, the family of the Arod- and Machir beg ot Gilead; of Gilead,
ites; of Areli, the family of the Arel- the family of the Gileadites.
ites. 30 These are the sons of Gilead: of
18 These are the families of the sons Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites;
of Gad according to those who were of Helek, the family of the Helekites;
numbered of them: forty thousand 31 of Asriel, the family of the Asri-
five hundred. elites; of Shechem, the family of the
19 The sons of Judah were Er and Shechemites;
Onan; and Er and Onan died in the 32 of Shemida, the family of the
land of Canaan. Shemidaites; of Hepher, the family
20 And the sons of Judah according of the Hepherites.
to their families were: of Shelah, the 33 Now Zelophehad the son of Hep-
family of the Shelanites; of Perez, her had no sons, but daughters; and
the family of the Parzites; of Zerah, the names of the daughters of
the family of the Zarhites. Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah,
21 And the sons of Perez were: of Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; 34 These are the families of Manas-

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seh; and those who were numbered 45 Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber,
of them were fifty-two thousand sev- the family of the Heberites; of Mal-
en hundred. chiel, the family of the Malchielites.
35 These are the sons of Ephraim 46 And the name of the daughter of
according to their families: of Asher was Serah.
Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthal- 47 These are the families of the sons
hites; of Becher, the family of the of Asher according to those who
Bachrites; of Tahan, the family of were numbered of them: fifty-three
the Tahanites. thousand four hundred.
36 And these are the sons of 48 The sons of Naphtali according
Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the to their families were: of Jahzeel, the
Eranites. family of the Jahzeelites; of Guni,
37 These are the families of the sons the family of the Gunites;
of Ephraim according to those who 49 of Jezer, the family of the Jezer-
were numbered of them: thirty-two ites; of Shillem, the family of the
thousand five hundred. These are the Shillemites.
sons of Joseph according to their 50 These are the families of
families. Naphtali according to their families;
38 The sons of Benjamin according and those who were numbered of
to their families were: of Bela, the them were forty-five thousand four
family of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the hundred.
family of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, 51 These are those who were
the family of the Ahiramites; numbered of the children of Israel:
39 of Shupham, the family of the six hundred and one thousand seven
Shuphamites; of Hupham, the family hundred and thirty.
of the Huphamites. 52 Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
40 And the sons of Bela were Ard saying:
and Naaman: of Ard, the family of 53 “To these the land shall be di-
the Ardites; of Naaman, the family vided as an inheritance, according to
of the Naamites. the number of names.
41 These are the sons of Benjamin 54 To a large tribe you shall give a
according to their families; and those larger inheritance, and to a small
who were numbered of them were tribe you shall give a smaller inherit-
forty-five thousand six hundred. ance. Each shall be given its inherit-
42 These are the sons of Dan ac- ance according to those who were
cording to their families: of Shuham, numbered of them.
the family of the Shuhamites. These 55 But the land shall be divided by
are the families of Dan according to lot; they shall inherit according to the
their families. names of the tribes of their fathers.
43 All the families of the Shuham- 56 According to the lot their inherit-
ites, according to those who were ance shall be divided between the lar-
numbered of them, were sixty-four ger and the smaller.”
thousand four hundred. 57 And these are those who were
44 The sons of Asher according to numbered of the Levites according to
their families were: of Jimna, the their families: of Gershon, the family
family of the Jimnites; of Jesui, the of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the
family of the Jesuites; of Beriah, the family of the Kohathites; of Merari,
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58 These are the families of the ters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah,
Levites: the family of the Libnites, and Tirzah.
the family of the Hebronites, the 2 And they stood before Moses, be -
family of the Mahlites, the family of fore Eleazar the priest, and before
the Mushites, and the family of the the leaders and all the cong regation,
Korathites. And Kohath beg ot Am- by the doorway of the tabernacle of
ram. meeting, saying:
59 The name of Amram’s wife was 3 “Our father died in the wilderness;
Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who but he was not in the company of
was born to Levi in Eg ypt; and to those who gathered together against
Amram she bore Aaron and Moses the LORD, in company with Korah,
and their sister Miriam. but he died in his own sin; and he
60 To Aaron were born Nadab and had no sons.
Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 4 Why should the name of our fath-
61 And Nadab and Abihu died when er be removed from among his family
they offered profane fire before the because he had no son? Give us a
LORD. possession among our father’s broth-
62 Now those who were numbered ers.”
of them were twenty-three thousand, 5 So Moses brought their case be-
ever y male from a month old and fore the LORD.
above; for they were not numbered 6 And the LORD spoke to Moses,
among the other children of Israel, saying:
because there was no inheritance giv- 7 “The daughters of Zelophehad
en to them among the children of Is - speak what is right; you shall surely
rael. give them a possession of inheritance
63 These are those who were among their father’s brothers, and
numbered by Moses and Eleazar the cause the inheritance of their father
priest, who numbered the children of to pass to them.
Israel in the plains of Moab by the 8 And you shall speak to the chil-
Jordan, across from Jericho. dren of Israel, saying: “If a man dies
64 But among these there was not a and has no son, then you shall cause
man of those who were numbered by his inheritance to pass to his daugh-
Moses and Aaron the priest when ter.
they numbered the children of Israel 9 If he has no daughter, then you
in the Wilderness of Sinai. shall give his inheritance to his
65 For the LORD had said of them, brothers.
“They shall surely die in the wilder - 10 If he has no brothers, then you
ness.” So there was not left a man of shall give his inheritance to his
them, except Caleb the son of Je- father’s brothers.
phunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 11 And if his father has no brothers,
then you shall give his inheritance to
CHAPTER 27 the relative closest to him in his fam-
1 Then came the daughters of ily, and he shall possess it.”‘And it
Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the shall be to the children of Israel a
son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the statute of judgment, just as the
son of Manasseh, from the families LORD commanded Moses.
of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and 12 Now the LORD said to Moses:
these were the names of his daugh- “Go up into this Mount Abarim, and

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see the land which I have given to the


children of Israel. CHAPTER 28
13 And when you have seen it, you 1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses,
also shall be gathered to your people, saying,
as Aaron your brother was gathered. 2 “Command the children of Israel,
14 For in the Wilderness of Zin, and say to them, “My offering, My
during the strife of the cong regation, food for My offerings made by fire as
you rebelled against My command to a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be
hallow Me at the waters before their careful to offer to Me at their ap-
eyes.” (These are the waters of Meri- pointed time.’
bah, at Kadesh in the Wilderness of 3 “And you shall say to them, “This
Zin.) is the offering made by fire which
15 Then Moses spoke to the LORD, you shall offer to the LORD: two
saying: male lambs in their first year without
16 “Let the LORD, the God of the blemish, day by day, as a regular
spirits of all flesh, set a man over the burnt offering.
cong regation, 4 The one lamb you shall offer in
17 who may g o out before them and the morning, the other lamb you shall
g o in before them, who may lead offer in the evening,
them out and bring them in, that the 5 and one-tenth of an ephah of fine
cong regation of the LORD may not flour as a grain offering mixed with
be like sheep which have no shep- one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil.
herd.” 6 It is a regular burnt offering which
18 And the LORD said to Moses: was ordained at Mount Sinai for a
“Take Joshua the son of Nun with sweet aroma, an offering made by fire
you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and to the LORD.
lay your hand on him; 7 And its drink offering shall be
19 set him before Eleazar the priest one-fourth of a hin for each lamb; in
and before all the cong regation, and a holy place you shall pour out the
inaugurate him in their sight. drink to the LORD as an offering.
20 And you shall give some of your 8 The other lamb you shall offer in
authority to him, that all the cong reg - the evening; as the morning g rain of-
ation of the children of Israel may be fering and its drink offering, you
obedient. shall offer it as an offering made by
21 He shall stand before Eleazar the fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.
priest, who shall inquire before the 9 “And on the Sabbath day two
LORD for him by the judgment of lambs in their first year, without
the Urim. At his word they shall g o blemish, and two-tenths of an ephah
out, and at his word they shall come of fine flour as a grain offering,
in, he and all the children of Israel mixed with oil, with its drink offering
with him—all the cong regation.” —
22 So Moses did as the LORD com- 10 this is the burnt offering for
manded him. He took Joshua and set every Sabbath, besides the regular
him before Eleazar the priest and be- burnt offering with its drink offering.
fore all the cong regation. 11 “At the beginnings of your
23 And he laid his hands on him and months you shall present a burnt of-
inaugurated him, just as the LORD fering to the LORD: two young bulls,
commanded by the hand of Moses. one ram, and seven lambs in their

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first year, without blemish; daily for seven days, as a sweet aroma
12 three-tenths of an ephah of fine to the LORD; it shall be offered be-
flour as a g rain offering, mixed with sides the regular burnt offering and
oil, for each bull; two-tenths of an its drink offering.
ephah of fine flour as a g rain offer- 25 And on the seventh day you shall
ing, mixed with oil, for the one ram; have a holy convocation. You shall do
13 and one-tenth of an ephah of no customary work.
fine flour, mixed with oil, as a g rain 26 “Also on the day of the first-
offering for each lamb, as a burnt of - fr uits, when you bring a new g rain
fering of sweet aroma, an offering offering to the LORD at your Feast
made by fire to the LORD. of Weeks, you shall have a holy con-
14 Their drink offering shall be half vocation. You shall do no customar y
a hin of wine for a bull, one-third of work.
a hin for a ram, and one-fourth of a 27 You shall present a burnt offering
hin for a lamb; this is the burnt of- as a sweet aroma to the LORD: two
fering for each month throughout the young bulls, one ram, and seven
months of the year. lambs in their first year,
15 Also one kid of the g oats as a sin 28 with their g rain offering of fine
offering to the LORD shall be flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of
offered, besides the regular burnt of- an ephah for each bull, two-tenths
fering and its drink offering. for the one ram,
16 “On the fourteenth day of the 29 and one-tenth for each of the
first month is the Passover of the seven lambs;
LORD. 30 also one kid of the g oats, to
17 And on the fifteenth day of this make atonement for you.
month is the feast; unleavened bread 31 Be sure they are without blemish.
shall be eaten for seven days. You shall present them with their
18 On the first day you shall have a drink offerings, besides the regular
holy convocation. You shall do no burnt offering with its g rain offering.
customary work.
19 And you shall present an offering CHAPTER 29
made by fire as a burnt offering to 1 “And in the seventh month, on the
the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, first day of the month, you shall have
and seven lambs in their first year. Be a holy convocation. You shall do no
sure they are without blemish. customary work. For you it is a day
20 Their g rain offering shall be of of blowing the tr umpets.
fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths 2 You shall offer a burnt offering as
of an ephah you shall offer for a bull, a sweet aroma to the LORD: one
and two-tenths for a ram; young bull, one ram, and seven lambs
21 you shall offer one-tenth of an in their first year, without blemish.
ephah for each of the seven lambs; 3 Their g rain offering shall be fine
22 also one g oat as a sin offering, to flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of
make atonement for you. an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for
23 You shall offer these besides the the ram,
burnt offering of the morning, which 4 and one-tenth for each of the sev-
is for a regular burnt offering. en lambs;
24 In this manner you shall offer the 5 also one kid of the g oats as a sin
food of the offering made by fire offering, to make atonement for you;

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6 besides the burnt offering with its drink offering.


g rain offering for the New Moon, the 17 “On the second day present
regular burnt offering with its g rain twelve young bulls, two rams, four -
offering, and their drink offerings, teen lambs in their first year without
according to their ordinance, as a blemish,
sweet aroma, an offering made by fire 18 and their grain offering and their
to the LORD. drink offerings for the bulls, for the
7 “On the tenth day of this seventh rams, and for the lambs, by their
month you shall have a holy convoca- number, according to the ordinance;
tion. You shall afflict your souls; you 19 also one kid of the g oats as a sin
shall not do any work. offering, besides the regular burnt of-
8 You shall present a burnt offering fering with its g rain offering, and
to the LORD as a sweet aroma: one their drink offerings.
young bull, one ram, and seven lambs 20 “On the third day present eleven
in their first year. Be sure they are bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs in
without blemish. their first year without blemish,
9 Their g rain offering shall be of 21 and their grain offering and their
fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths drink offerings for the bulls, for the
of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths rams, and for the lambs, by their
for the one ram, number, according to the ordinance;
10 and one-tenth for each of the 22 also one g oat as a sin offering,
seven lambs; besides the regular burnt offering, its
11 also one kid of the g oats as a sin g rain offering, and its drink offering.
offering, besides the sin offering for 23 “On the fourth day present ten
atonement, the regular burnt offering bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs
with its g rain offering, and their in their first year, without blemish,
drink offerings. ] 24 and their grain offering and their
12 “On the fifteenth day of the sev- drink offerings for the bulls, for the
enth month you shall have a holy rams, and for the lambs, by their
convocation. You shall do no custom- number, according to the ordinance;
ar y work, and you shall keep a feast 25 also one kid of the g oats as a sin
to the LORD seven days. offering, besides the regular burnt of-
13 You shall present a burnt offer- fering, its g rain offering, and its
ing, an offering made by fire as a drink offering.
sweet aroma to the LORD: thirteen 26 “On the fifth day present nine
young bulls, two rams, and fourteen bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs
lambs in their first year. They shall in their first year without blemish,
be without blemish. 27 and their grain offering and their
14 Their grain offering shall be of drink offerings for the bulls, for the
fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths rams, and for the lambs, by their
of an ephah for each of the thirteen number, according to the ordinance;
bulls, two-tenths for each of the two 28 also one g oat as a sin offering,
rams, besides the regular burnt offering, its
15 and one-tenth for each of the g rain offering, and its drink offering.
fourteen lambs; 29 “On the sixth day present eight
16 also one kid of the g oats as a sin bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs
offering, besides the regular burnt of- in their first year without blemish,
fering, its g rain offering, and its 30 and their grain offering and their

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drink offerings for the bulls, for the 2 If a man makes a vow to the
rams, and for the lambs, by their LORD, or swears an oath to bind
number, according to the ordinance; himself by some ag reement, he shall
31 also one g oat as a sin offering, not break his word; he shall do ac-
besides the regular burnt offering, its cording to all that proceeds out of
g rain offering, and its drink offering. his mouth.
32 “On the seventh day present sev- 3 “Or if a woman makes a vow to
en bulls, two rams, and fourteen the LORD, and binds herself by some
lambs in their first year without ag reement while in her father’s house
blemish, in her youth,
33 and their grain offering and their 4 and her father hears her vow and
drink offerings for the bulls, for the the ag reement by which she has
rams, and for the lambs, by their bound herself, and her father holds
number, according to the ordinance; his peace, then all her vows shall
34 also one g oat as a sin offering, stand, and every ag reement with
besides the regular burnt offering, its which she has bound herself shall
g rain offering, and its drink offering. stand.
35 “On the eighth day you shall have 5 But if her father overr ules her on
a sacred assembly. You shall do no the day that he hears, then none of
customary work. her vows nor her ag reements by
36 You shall present a burnt offer- which she has bound herself shall
ing, an offering made by fire as a stand; and the LORD will release her,
sweet aroma to the LORD: one bull, because her father overr uled her.
one ram, seven lambs in their first 6 “If indeed she takes a husband,
year without blemish, while bound by her vows or by a rash
37 and their grain offering and their utterance from her lips by which she
drink offerings for the bull, for the bound herself,
ram, and for the lambs, by their num- 7 and her husband hears it, and
ber, according to the ordinance; makes no response to her on the day
38 also one g oat as a sin offering, that he hears, then her vows shall
besides the regular burnt offering, its stand, and her ag reements by which
g rain offering, and its drink offering. she bound herself shall stand.
39 “These you shall present to the 8 But if her husband overr ules her
LORD at your appointed feasts (be- on the day that he hears it, he shall
sides your vowed offerings and your make void her vow which she took
freewill offerings) as your burnt of- and what she uttered with her lips, by
ferings and your grain offerings, as which she bound herself, and the
your drink offerings and your peace LORD will release her.
offerings.”‘ 9 “Also any vow of a widow or a di-
40 So Moses told the children of Is - vorced woman, by which she has
rael everything, just as the LORD bound herself, shall stand against her.
commanded Moses. 10 “If she vowed in her husband’s
house, or bound herself by an ag ree-
CHAPTER 30 ment with an oath,<