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March 13


Numbers 23:1-30
1. Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
2. Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
3. Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your burnt offerings while I go aside. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me. Whatever he shows me I will tell you." And he went to a bare height.
4. Then God met Balaam; and Balaam said to him, "I have arranged the seven altars, and have offered a bull and a ram on each altar."
5. The LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and this is what you must say."
6. So he returned to Balak, who was standing beside his burnt offerings with all the officials of Moab.
7. Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying: "Balak has brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: 'Come, curse Jacob for me; Come, denounce Israel!'
8. How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?
9. For from the top of the crags I see him, from the hills I behold him; Here is a people living alone, and not reckoning itself among the nations!
10. Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the dust-cloud of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!"
11. Then Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but now you have done nothing but bless them."
12. He answered, "Must I not take care to say what the LORD puts into my mouth?"
13. So Balak said to him, "Come with me to another place from which you may see them; you shall see only part of them, and shall not see them all; then curse them for me from there."
14. So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah. He built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
15. Balaam said to Balak, "Stand here beside your burnt offerings, while I meet the LORD over there.
16. The LORD met Balaam, put a word into his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and this is what you shall say."
17. When he came to him, he was standing beside his burnt offerings with the officials of Moab. Balak said to him, "What has the LORD said?"
18. Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying: "Rise, Balak, and hear; listen to me, O son of Zippor:
19. God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
20. See, I received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.
21. He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob; nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, acclaimed as a king among them.
22. God, who brings them out of Egypt, is like the horns of a wild ox for them.
23. Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, 'See what God has done!'
24. Look, a people rising up like a lioness, and rousing itself like a lion! It does not lie down until it has eaten the prey and drunk the blood of the slain."
25. Then Balak said to Balaam, "Do not curse them at all, and do not bless them at all."
26. But Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell you, 'Whatever the LORD says, that is what I must do'?"
27. So Balak said to Balaam, "Come now, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there."
28. So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the wasteland.
29. Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
30. So Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Numbers 24:1-25
1. Now Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, so he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness.
2. Balaam looked up and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. Then the spirit of God came upon him,
3. and he uttered his oracle, saying: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is clear,
4. the oracle of one who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down, but with eyes uncovered:
5. how fair are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel!
6. Like palm groves that stretch far away, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the LORD has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters.
7. Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall have abundant water, his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
8. God who brings him out of Egypt, is like the horns of a wild ox for him; he shall devour the nations that are his foes and break their bones. He shall strike with his arrows.
9. He crouched, he lay down like a lion, and like a lioness; who will rouse him up? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, and cursed is everyone who curses you."
10. Then Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together. Balak said to Balaam, "I summoned you to curse my enemies, but instead you have blessed them these three times.
11. Now be off with you! Go home! I said, 'I will reward you richly,' but the LORD has denied you any reward."
12. And Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me,
13. 'If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of my own will; what the LORD says, that is what I will say'?
14. So now, I am going to my people; let me advise you what this people will do to your people in days to come."
15. So he uttered his oracle, saying: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is clear,
16. the oracle of one who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down, but with his eyes uncovered:
17. I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near-- a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the borderlands of Moab, and the territory of all the Shethites.
18. Edom will become a possession, Seir a possession of its enemies, while Israel does valiantly.
19. One out of Jacob shall rule, and destroy the survivors of Ir."
20. Then he looked on Amalek, and uttered his oracle, saying: "First among the nations was Amalek, but its end is to perish forever."
21. Then he looked on the Kenite, and uttered his oracle, saying: "Enduring is your dwelling place, and your nest is set in the rock;
22. yet Kain is destined for burning. How long shall Asshur take you away captive?"
23. Again he uttered his oracle, saying: "Alas, who shall live when God does this?
24. But ships shall come from Kittim and shall afflict Asshur and Eber; and he also shall perish forever."
25. Then Balaam got up and went back to his place, and Balak also went his way.

Psalms 33:18-22
18. Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19. to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20. Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield.
21. Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
22. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Proverbs 11:27-27
27. Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to the one who searches for it.

Mark 13:1-20
1. As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!"
2. Then Jesus asked him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down."
3. When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,
4. "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?"
5. Then Jesus began to say to them, "Beware that no one leads you astray.
6. Many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray.
7. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come.
8. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
9. "As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them.
10. And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations.
11. When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
12. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
13. and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
14. "But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains;
15. the one on the housetop must not go down or enter the house to take anything away;
16. the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat.
17. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days!
18. Pray that it may not be in winter.
19. For in those days there will be suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, no, and never will be.
20. And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut short those days.