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March 19


Numbers 35:1-34
1. On the flatlands of Moab, the Lord spoke to Moses. It was by the Jordan River across from Jericho. The Lord said,
2. "Command the people of Israel to give the Levites towns to live in. The towns must come from the shares of land the people will have as their own. Also give the Levites the grasslands that are around the towns.
3. Then the Levites will have towns to live in. They will also have grasslands that are for their cattle, flocks and all of their other livestock.
4. "The grasslands that are around each town you give them will go out to 1,500 feet from the town wall.
5. Outside each town, the east side will measure 3,000 feet. The south side will measure 3,000 feet. The west side will measure 3,000 feet. And the north side will measure 3,000 feet. The town must be in the center. The Levites will have the area around it as grasslands.
6. "Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities to go to for safety. A person who has killed someone can run to one of them. Also give the Levites 42 other towns.
7. You must give the Levites a total of 48 towns. Also give them the grasslands that are around the towns.
8. "The towns you give the Levites must come from the land the people of Israel have as their own. So the number you give from each tribe will depend on the size of that tribe's share. Take many towns from a tribe that has many. But take only a few towns from a tribe that has only a few."
9. Then the Lord spoke to Moses. He said,
10. "Speak to the people of Israel. Tell them, 'You will soon go across the Jordan River. You will enter Canaan.
11. When you do, choose the cities to go to for safety. People who have killed someone by accident can run to one of those cities.
12. They will be places of safety for them. People will be safe there from those who want to kill them. Then those who are charged with murder will not die before their case has been brought to the community court.
13. " 'Six towns will be the cities you can go to for safety.
14. Three will be east of the Jordan River. The other three will be in Canaan.
15. " 'Those six towns will be places where the people of Israel can go for safety. Outsiders and any other people living in Israel can also go to them for safety. So anyone who has killed another person by accident can run there.
16. " 'Suppose a person uses an iron object to hit and kill someone. Then he is a murderer. He must be put to death.
17. Or suppose a person is holding a stone that could kill. And he uses it to hit and kill someone. Then he is a murderer. He must be put to death.
18. Or suppose a person is holding a wooden object that could kill. And he uses it to hit and kill someone. Then he is a murderer. He must be put to death.
19. " 'The dead person's nearest male relative should kill the murderer. When he meets him, he should kill him.
20. " 'What if a person makes evil plans against someone else? And what if that person pushes him so that he dies? Or what if that person throws something at him so that he dies?
21. Or what if that person hits the other person with a fist so that the other dies? Then the person who does any of those things must be put to death. He is a murderer. " 'The dead person's nearest male relative should kill the murderer. When he meets him, he should kill him.
22. " 'But what if a person suddenly pushes someone else without being angry? Or what if that person throws something at him without meaning to?
23. Or what if that person does not see him and drops a stone on him that kills him? He was not the dead person's enemy. He did not mean to harm him.
24. " 'Then the court must decide between the person who did the act and the nearest male relative of the one who was killed. Here are the rules the court must follow.
25. " 'The court must provide a safe place for the person who is charged with murder. It must keep him safe from those who want to kill him. The court must send him back to the city he ran to for safety. He must stay there until the high priest dies. The priest is the one who has been anointed with the holy oil.
26. " 'But suppose the one who has been charged with murder goes outside that city.
27. And suppose the dead person's nearest male relative finds that one outside the city. Then the relative can kill the one who has been charged. The relative will not be guilty of murder.
28. " 'The one who has been charged must stay in that city until the high priest dies. Only then can the one who has been charged return home.
29. " 'That is what the law requires of you for all time to come. It will apply to you no matter where you live.
30. " 'Suppose a person kills someone. That person must be put to death as a murderer. But do it only when there are witnesses who can tell what happened. Do not put anyone to death if only one witness tells what happened.
31. " 'Do not accept payment for a murderer's life. He should die. He must certainly be put to death.
32. " 'Do not accept payment for anyone who has run to a city for safety. Do not let him buy his freedom to return home. He must not go back and live on his own land before the high priest dies.
33. " 'Do not pollute the land where you are. Murder pollutes the land. Only one thing can pay to remove the pollution in the land where murder has been committed. The blood of the one who spilled another's blood must be spilled.
34. So do not make the land where you live "unclean." I live there too. I live among the people of Israel. I am the Lord.' "

Numbers 36:1-13
1. The heads of the families of Gilead came to Moses. Gilead was the son of Makir. The family heads were from the tribe of Manasseh. So they were in the family line of Joseph. They spoke to Moses in front of the leaders of the families of Israel.
2. They said, "The Lord commanded you to give shares of the land to the people of Israel. He told you to use lots when you do it. At that time the Lord ordered you to give our brother Zelophehad's share to his daughters.
3. "Suppose they get married to men who are from other tribes in Israel. Then their share will be taken away from our family's land. It will be added to the land of the tribe they marry into. So a part of the share that was given to us will be taken away.
4. The Year of Jubilee for the people of Israel will come. Then their share will be added to the land of the tribe they marry into. Their land will be taken away from the share that was given to our tribe."
5. Then the Lord gave a command to Moses. He told Moses to give an order to the people of Israel. Moses said, "What the tribe in the family line of Joseph is saying is right.
6. "Here is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad's daughters. They can get married to anyone they want to. But they have to get married to someone in their own family's tribe.
7. "Property in Israel must not pass from one tribe to another. Everyone in Israel must keep his family's share of his tribe's land.
8. "Suppose a daughter in any tribe of Israel receives land from her parents. Then she must get married to someone in her father's family and tribe. In that way, every family's share will remain in its family line in Israel.
9. "Property can't pass from one tribe to another. Each tribe of Israel must keep the land it receives."
10. So Zelophehad's daughters did just as the Lord commanded Moses.
11. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah and Noah. All of them got married to their cousins on their father's side.
12. They married men who were in the family line of Manasseh, the son of Joseph. So the land they received remained in their father's family and tribe.
13. Those are the commands and rules the Lord gave through Moses. He gave them to the people of Israel on the flatlands of Moab. They were by the Jordan River across from Jericho.

Psalms 35:17-28
17. Lord, how much longer will you just look on? Save me from their deadly attacks. Save the only life I have. Save me from those lions.
18. I will give you thanks in the whole community. Among all of your people I will praise you.
19. Don't let those who are my enemies without any reason laugh at me and make fun of me. Don't let those who hate me without any reason wink at me with an evil purpose.
20. They don't speak words of peace. They make up false charges against those who live quietly in the land.
21. They open their mouths wide at me. They make fun of me. They say, "With our own eyes we have seen what you did."
22. Lord, you have seen this. Don't be silent. Lord, don't be far away from me.
23. Wake up! Rise up to help me! My God and Lord, stand up for me.
24. Lord my God, when you hand down your sentence, let it be in my favor. You always do what is right. Don't let my enemies have the joy of seeing me fall.
25. Don't let them think, "That's exactly what we wanted!" Don't let them say, "We have swallowed him up."
26. Let all those who laugh at me because I'm in trouble be ashamed and bewildered. Let all who think they are better than I am put on shame and dishonor as if they were clothes.
27. Let those who are happy when my name is cleared shout with joy and gladness. Let them always say, "May the Lord be honored. He is pleased when everything goes well with the one who serves him."
28. You always do what is right. My tongue will speak about it and praise you all day long.

Proverbs 12:3-3
3. If a man does what is evil, he can't become strong and steady. But if people do what is right, they can't be removed from the land.

Mark 15:25-47
25. It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him.
26. They wrote out the charge against him. It read, ~the king of the jews.=
27. They crucified two robbers with him. One was on his right and one was on his left.
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29. Those who passed by shouted at Jesus and made fun of him. They shook their heads and said, "So you are going to destroy the temple and build it again in three days?
30. Then come down from the cross! Save yourself!"
31. In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law made fun of him among themselves. "He saved others," they said. "But he can't save himself!
32. Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross! When we see that, we will believe." Those who were being crucified with Jesus also made fun of him.
33. At noon, darkness covered the whole land. It lasted three hours.
34. At three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? " This means "My God, my God, why have you deserted me?"--(Psalm 22:1)
35. Some of those standing nearby heard Jesus cry out. They said, "Listen! He's calling for Elijah."
36. One of them ran and filled a sponge with wine vinegar. He put it on a stick. He offered it to Jesus to drink. "Leave him alone," he said. "Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down."
37. With a loud cry, Jesus took his last breath.
38. The temple curtain was torn in two from top to bottom.
39. A Roman commander was standing there in front of Jesus. He heard his cry and saw how Jesus died. Then he said, "This man was surely the Son of God!"
40. Not very far away, some women were watching. Mary Magdalene was among them. Mary, the mother of the younger James and of Joses, was also there. So was Salome.
41. In Galilee those women had followed Jesus. They had taken care of his needs. Many other women were also there. They had come up with him to Jerusalem.
42. It was the day before the Sabbath. That day was called Preparation Day. As evening approached,
43. Joseph went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Joseph was from the town of Arimathea. He was a leading member of the Jewish Council. He was waiting for God's kingdom.
44. Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead. So he called for the Roman commander. He asked him if Jesus had already died.
45. The commander said it was true. So Pilate gave the body to Joseph.
46. Then Joseph bought some linen cloth. He took the body down and wrapped it in the linen. He put it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.
47. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where Jesus' body had been placed.