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March 11


Numbers 19:1-22
1. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
2. "This is the regulation which the law of the LORD prescribes. Tell the Israelites to procure for you a red heifer that is free from every blemish and defect and on which no yoke has ever been laid.
3. This is to be given to Eleazar the priest, to be led outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence.
4. Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle it seven times toward the front of the meeting tent.
5. Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight, with its hide and flesh, its blood and offal;
6. and the priest shall take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet yarn and throw them into the fire in which the heifer is being burned.
7. The priest shall then wash his garments and bathe his body in water. He remains unclean until the evening, and only afterward may he return to the camp.
8. Likewise, he who burned the heifer shall wash his garments, bathe his body in water, and be unclean until evening.
9. Finally, a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them in a clean place outside the camp. There they are to be kept for preparing lustral water for the Israelite community. The heifer is a sin offering.
10. He who has gathered up the ashes of the heifer shall also wash his garments and be unclean until evening. This is a perpetual ordinance, both for the Israelites and for the aliens residing among them.
11. "Whoever touches the dead body of any human being shall be unclean for seven days;
12. he shall purify himself with the water on the third and on the seventh day, and then he will be clean again. But if he fails to purify himself on the third and on the seventh day, he will not become clean.
13. Everyone who fails to purify himself after touching the body of any deceased person, defiles the Dwelling of the LORD and shall be cut off from Israel. Since the lustral water has not been splashed over him, he remains unclean: his uncleanness still clings to him.
14. "This is the law: When a man dies in a tent, everyone who enters the tent, as well as everyone already in it, shall be unclean for seven days;
15. likewise, every vessel that is open, or with its lid unfastened, shall be unclean.
16. Moreover, everyone who in the open country touches a dead person, whether he was slain by the sword or died naturally, or who touches a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean for seven days.
17. For anyone who is thus unclean, ashes from the sin offering shall be put in a vessel, and spring water shall be poured on them.
18. Then a man who is clean shall take some hyssop, dip it in this water, and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the vessels and persons that were in it, or on him who touched a bone, a slain person or other dead body, or a grave.
19. The clean man shall sprinkle the unclean on the third and on the seventh day; thus purified on the seventh day, he shall wash his garments and bathe his body in water, and in the evening he will be clean again.
20. Any unclean man who fails to have himself purified shall be cut off from the community, because he defiles the sanctuary of the LORD. As long as the lustral water has not been splashed over him, he remains unclean.
21. This shall be a perpetual ordinance for you. "One who sprinkles the lustral water shall wash his garments, and anyone who comes in contact with this water shall be unclean until evening.
22. Moreover, whatever the unclean person touches becomes unclean itself, and anyone who touches it becomes unclean until evening."

Numbers 20:1-29
1. The whole Israelite community arrived in the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people settled at Kadesh. It was here that Miriam died, and here that she was buried.
2. As the community had no water, they held a council against Moses and Aaron.
3. The people contended with Moses, exclaiming, "Would that we too had perished with our kinsmen in the LORD'S presence!
4. Why have you brought the LORD'S community into this desert where we and our livestock are dying?
5. Why did you lead us out of Egypt, only to bring us to this wretched place which has neither grain nor figs nor vines nor pomegranates? Here there is not even water to drink!"
6. But Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the meeting tent, where they fell prostrate. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them,
7. and the LORD said to Moses,
8. "Take the staff and assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron, and in their presence order the rock to yield its waters. From the rock you shall bring forth water for the community and their livestock to drink."
9. So Moses took the staff from its place before the LORD, as he was ordered.
10. He and Aaron assembled the community in front of the rock, where he said to them, "Listen to me, you rebels! Are we to bring water for you out of this rock?"
11. Then, raising his hand, Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and water gushed out in abundance for the community and their livestock to drink.
12. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you were not faithful to me in showing forth my sanctity before the Israelites, you shall not lead this community into the land I will give them."
13. These are the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites contended against the LORD, and where he revealed his sanctity among them.
14. From Kadesh Moses sent men to the king of Edom with the message: "Your brother Israel has this to say: You know of all the hardships that have befallen us,
15. how our fathers went down to Egypt, where we stayed a long time, how the Egyptians maltreated us and our fathers,
16. and how, when we cried to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel who led us out of Egypt. Now here we are at the town of Kadesh at the edge of your territory.
17. Kindly let us pass through your country. We will not cross any fields or vineyards, nor drink any well water, but we will go straight along the royal road without turning to the right or to the left, until we have passed through your territory."
18. But Edom answered him, "You shall not pass through here; if you do, I will advance against you with the sword."
19. The Israelites insisted, "We want only to go up along the highway. If we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. Surely there is no harm in merely letting us march through."
20. But Edom still said, "No, you shall not pass through," and advanced against them with a large and heavily armed force.
21. Therefore, since Edom refused to let them pass through their territory, Israel detoured around them.
22. Setting out from Kadesh, the whole Israelite community came to Mount Hor.
23. There at Mount Hor, on the border of the land of Edom, the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
24. "Aaron is about to be taken to his people; he shall not enter the land I am giving to the Israelites, because you both rebelled against my commandment at the waters of Meribah.
25. Take Aaron and his son Eleazar and bring them up on Mount Hor.
26. Then strip Aaron of his garments and put them on his son Eleazar; for there Aaron shall be taken in death."
27. Moses did as the LORD commanded. When they had climbed Mount Hor in view of the whole community,
28. Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on his son Eleazar. Then Aaron died there on top of the mountain. When Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain,
29. all the community understood that Aaron had passed away; and for thirty days the whole house of Israel mourned him.

Psalms 33:1-9
1. Rejoice, you just, in the LORD; praise from the upright is fitting.
2. Give thanks to the LORD on the harp; on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise.
3. Sing to God a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant.
4. For the LORD'S word is true; all his works are trustworthy.
5. The LORD loves justice and right and fills the earth with goodness.
6. By the LORD'S word the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host.
7. The waters of the sea were gathered as in a bowl; in cellars the deep was confined.
8. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all who dwell in the world show reverence.
9. For he spoke, and it came to be, commanded, and it stood in place.

Proverbs 11:22-24
22. Like a golden ring in a swine's snout is a beautiful woman with a rebellious disposition.
23. The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24. One man is lavish yet grows still richer; another is too sparing, yet is the poorer.

Mark 12:1-27
1. He began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey.
2. At the proper time he sent a servant to the tenants to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard.
3. But they seized him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
4. Again he sent them another servant. And that one they beat over the head and treated shamefully.
5. He sent yet another whom they killed. So, too, many others; some they beat, others they killed.
6. He had one other to send, a beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, 'They will respect my son.'
7. But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
8. So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9. What (then) will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come, put the tenants to death, and give the vineyard to others.
10. Have you not read this scripture passage: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
11. by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes'?"
12. They were seeking to arrest him, but they feared the crowd, for they realized that he had addressed the parable to them. So they left him and went away.
13. They sent some Pharisees and Herodians to him to ensnare him in his speech.
14. They came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone's opinion. You do not regard a person's status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?"
15. Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, "Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at."
16. They brought one to him and he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They replied to him, "Caesar's."
17. So Jesus said to them, "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.' They were utterly amazed at him.
18. Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and put this question to him,
19. saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, 'If someone's brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.'
20. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants.
21. So the second married her and died, leaving no descendants, and the third likewise.
22. And the seven left no descendants. Last of all the woman also died.
23. At the resurrection (when they arise) whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her."
24. Jesus said to them, "Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God?
25. When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.
26. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, 'I am the God of Abraham, (the) God of Isaac, and (the) God of Jacob'?
27. He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled."