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March 12


Numbers 21:1-35
1. When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb, heard that the Israelites were coming along the way of Atharim, he engaged them in battle and took some of them captive.
2. Israel then made this vow to the LORD: "If you deliver this people into my hand, I will doom their cities."
3. Later, when the LORD heeded Israel's prayer and delivered up the Canaanites, they doomed them and their cities. Hence that place was named Hormah.
4. From Mount Hor they set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey,
5. the people complained against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!"
6. In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died.
7. Then the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people,
8. and the LORD said to Moses, "Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and if anyone who has been bitten looks at it, he will recover."
9. Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he recovered.
10. The Israelites moved on and encamped in Oboth.
11. Setting out from Oboth, they encamped in Iye-abarim in the desert fronting Moab on the east.
12. Setting out from there, they encamped in the Wadi Zered.
13. Setting out from there, they encamped on the other side of the Arnon, in the desert that extends from the territory of the Amorites; for the Arnon forms Moab's boundary with the Amorites.
14. Hence it is said in the "Book of the Wars of the LORD": "Waheb in Suphah and the wadies,
15. Arnon and the wadi gorges That reach back toward the site of Ar and slant to the border of Moab."
16. From there they went to Beer, where there was the well of which the LORD said to Moses, "Bring the people together, and I will give them water."
17. Then it was that Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well!-- so sing to it--
18. The well that the princes sank, that the nobles of the people dug, with their scepters and their staffs." From Beer they went to Mattanah,
19. from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
20. from Bamoth to the cleft in the plateau of Moab at the headland of Pisgah that overlooks Jeshimon.
21. Now Israel sent men to Sihon, king of the Amorites, with the message,
22. "Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, nor will we drink any well water, but we will go straight along the royal road until we have passed through your territory."
23. Sihon, however, would not let Israel pass through his territory, but mustered all his forces and advanced into the desert against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he engaged Israel in battle.
24. But Israel defeated him at the point of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok and as far as the country of the Ammonites, whose boundary was at Jazer.
25. Israel seized all the towns here and settled in these towns of the Amorites, in Heshbon and all its dependencies.
26. Now Heshbon was the capital of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had seized all his land from Jazer to the Arnon.
27. That is why the poets say: "Come to Heshbon, let it be rebuilt, let Sihon's capital be firmly constructed.
28. For fire went forth from Heshbon and a blaze from the city of Sihon; It consumed the cities of Moab and swallowed up the high places of the Arnon.
29. Woe to you, O Moab! You are ruined, O people of Chemosh! He let his sons become fugitives and his daughters be taken captive by the Amorite king Sihon.
30. Their plowland is ruined from Heshbon to Dibon; Ar is laid waste; fires blaze as far as Medeba."
31. When Israel had settled in the land of the Amorites,
32. Moses sent spies to Jazer; Israel then captured it with its dependencies and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.
33. Then they turned and went up along the road to Bashan. But Og, king of Bashan, advanced against them with all his people to give battle at Edrei.
34. The LORD, however, said to Moses, "Do not be afraid of him; for into your hand I will deliver him with all his people and his land. Do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon."
35. So they struck him down with his sons and all his people, until not a survivor was left to him, and they took possession of his land.

Numbers 22:1-41
1. Then the Israelites moved on and encamped in the plains of Moab on the other side of the Jericho stretch of the Jordan.
2. Now Balak, son of Zippor, saw all that Israel did to the Amorites.
3. Indeed, Moab feared the Israelites greatly because of their numbers, and detested them.
4. So Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Soon this horde will devour all the country around us as an ox devours the grass of the field." And Balak, Zippor's son, who was king of Moab at that time,
5. sent messengers to Balaam, son of Beor, at Pethor on the Euphrates, in the land of the Amawites, summoning him with these words, "A people has come here from Egypt who now cover the face of the earth and are settling down opposite us!
6. Please come and curse this people for us; they are stronger than we are. We may then be able to defeat them and drive them out of the country. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed and whoever you curse is cursed."
7. Then the elders of Moab and of Midian left with the divination fee in hand and went to Balaam. When they had given him Balak's message,
8. he said to them in reply, "Stay here overnight, and I will give you whatever answer the LORD gives me." So the princes of Moab lodged with Balaam.
9. Then God came to Balaam and said, "Who are these men visiting you?"
10. Balaam answered God, "Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me the message:
11. 'This people that came here from Egypt now cover the face of the earth. Please come and lay a curse on them for us; we may then be able to give them battle and drive them out.'"
12. But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them and do not curse this people, for they are blessed."
13. The next morning Balaam arose and told the princes of Balak, "Go back to your own country, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you."
14. So the princes of Moab went back to Balak with the report, "Balaam refused to come with us."
15. Balak again sent princes, who were more numerous and more distinguished than the others.
16. On coming to Balaam they told him, "This is what Balak, son of Zippor, has to say: Please do not refuse to come to me.
17. I will reward you very handsomely and will do anything you ask of me. Please come and lay a curse on this people for me."
18. But Balaam replied to Balak's officials, "Even if Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, small or great, contrary to the command of the LORD, my God.
19. But, you too shall stay here overnight, till I learn what else the LORD may tell me."
20. That night God came to Balaam and said to him, "If these men have come to summon you, you may go with them; yet only on the condition that you do exactly as I tell you."
21. So the next morning when Balaam arose, he saddled his ass, and went off with the princes of Moab.
22. But now the anger of God flared up at him for going, and the angel of the LORD stationed himself on the road to hinder him as he was riding along on his ass, accompanied by two of his servants.
23. When the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing on the road with sword drawn, she turned off the road and went into the field, and Balaam had to beat her to bring her back on the road.
24. Then the angel of the LORD took his stand in a narrow lane between vineyards with a stone wall on each side.
25. When the ass saw the angel of the LORD there, she shrank against the wall; and since she squeezed Balaam's leg against it, he beat her again.
26. The angel of the LORD then went ahead, and stopped next in a passage so narrow that there was no room to move either to the right or to the left.
27. When the ass saw the angel of the LORD there, she cowered under Balaam. So, in anger, he again beat the ass with his stick.
28. But now the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she asked Balaam, "What have I done to you that you should beat me these three times?"
29. "You have acted so willfully against me," said Balaam to the ass, "that if I but had a sword at hand, I would kill you here and now."
30. But the ass said to Balaam, "Am I not your own beast, and have you not always ridden upon me until now? Have I been in the habit of treating you this way before?" "No," replied Balaam.
31. Then the LORD removed the veil from Balaam's eyes, so that he too saw the angel of the LORD standing on the road with sword drawn; and he fell on his knees and bowed to the ground.
32. But the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why have you beaten your ass these three times? It is I who have come armed to hinder you because this rash journey of yours is directly opposed to me.
33. When the ass saw me, she turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away from me, I would have killed you; her I would have spared."
34. Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned. Yet I did not know that you stood against me to oppose my journey. Since it has displeased you, I will go back home."
35. But the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men; but you may say only what I tell you." So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak.
36. When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the boundary city Ir-Moab on the Arnon at the end of the Moabite territory.
37. And he said to Balaam, "I sent an urgent summons to you! Why did you not come to me? Did you think I could not reward you?"
38. Balaam answered him, "Well, I have come to you after all. But what power have I to say anything? I can speak only what God puts in my mouth."
39. Then Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.
40. Here Balak slaughtered oxen and sheep, and sent portions to Balaam and to the princes who were with him.
41. The next morning Balak took Balaam up on Bamoth-baal, and from there he saw some of the clans.

Psalms 33:10-17
10. The LORD foils the plan of nations, frustrates the designs of peoples.
11. But the plan of the LORD stands forever, wise designs through all generations.
12. Happy the nation whose God is the LORD, the people chosen as his very own.
13. From heaven the LORD looks down and observes the whole human race,
14. Surveying from the royal throne all who dwell on earth.
15. The one who fashioned the hearts of them all knows all their works.
16. A king is not saved by a mighty army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength.
17. Useless is the horse for safety; its great strength, no sure escape.

Proverbs 11:25-26
25. He who confers benefits will be amply enriched, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
26. Him who monopolizes grain, the people curse-- but blessings upon the head of him who distributes it!

Mark 12:28-44
28. One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?"
29. Jesus replied, "The first is this: 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!
30. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
31. The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
32. The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.'
33. And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
34. And when Jesus saw that (he) answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
35. As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, "How do the scribes claim that the Messiah is the son of David?
36. David himself, inspired by the holy Spirit, said: 'The Lord said to my lord, "Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet."'
37. David himself calls him 'lord'; so how is he his son?" (The) great crowd heard this with delight.
38. In the course of his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
39. seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets.
40. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation."
41. He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
42. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
43. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.
44. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."