May 23rd, 2019

Thursday of Cantate (Easter 5)

First Reading: Lev. 24:1-23

The Lamps
 1(A) The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2"Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. 3Outside the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall arrange it from evening to morning before the LORD regularly. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. 4He shall arrange the lamps on the(B) lampstand of pure gold[a] before the LORD regularly.
Bread for the Tabernacle
 5"You shall take fine flour and bake twelve(C) loaves from it; two tenths of an ephah[b] shall be in each loaf. 6And you shall set them in two piles, six in a pile,(D) on the table of pure gold[c] before the LORD. 7And you shall put pure frankincense on each pile, that it may go with the bread as a memorial portion as a food offering to the LORD. 8(E) Every Sabbath day Aaron shall arrange it before the LORD regularly; it is from the people of Israel as a covenant forever. 9And(F) it shall be for Aaron and his sons, and(G) they shall eat it in a holy place, since it is for him a most holy portion out of the LORD’s food offerings, a perpetual due."
Punishment for Blasphemy
 10Now an Israelite woman’s son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel fought in the camp, 11and the Israelite woman’s son(H) blasphemed the(I) Name, and cursed. Then they(J) brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. 12And(K) they put him in custody,(L) till the will of the LORD should be clear to them.

 13Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 14(M) "Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him(N) lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him. 15And speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall(O) bear his sin. 16Whoever(P) blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him. The sojourner as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

An Eye for an Eye
 17(Q) "Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death. 18(R) Whoever takes an animal’s life shall make it good, life for life. 19If anyone injures his neighbor,(S) as he has done it shall be done to him, 20fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him. 21(T) Whoever kills an animal shall make it good,(U) and whoever kills a person shall be put to death. 22You shall have the(V) same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the LORD your God." 23So Moses spoke to the people of Israel, and(W) they brought out of the camp the one who had cursed and stoned him with stones. Thus the people of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.

Footnotes:Leviticus 24:4 Hebrew the pure lampstand Leviticus 24:5 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters Leviticus 24:6 Hebrew the pure table
Cross references:Leviticus 24:1 : Exodus 27:20, 21 Leviticus 24:4 : Exodus 31:8; 39:37 Leviticus 24:5 : Exodus 25:30 Leviticus 24:6 : Exodus 25:23, 24; 1 Kgs 7:48; 2 Chr 4:19; 13:11; Heb 9:2 Leviticus 24:8 : 1 Chr 9:32; Num 4:7; 2 Chr 2:4 Leviticus 24:9 : 1 Sam 21:6; Matt 12:4; Mark 2:26; Luke 6:4 Leviticus 24:9 : Leviticus 6:16; 8:31; 21:22; Exodus 29:33 Leviticus 24:11 : Leviticus 24:16 Leviticus 24:11 : Exodus 3:14, 15; Phil 2:9 Leviticus 24:11 : Exodus 18:22, 26 Leviticus 24:12 : Num 15:34 Leviticus 24:12 : Exodus 18:15, 16; Num 27:5; 36:5, 6 Leviticus 24:14 : Leviticus 24:23 Leviticus 24:14 : Deut 13:9; 17:7 Leviticus 24:15 : Leviticus 5:1; 20:17, 20; 22:9; Num 9:13; Exodus 20:7 Leviticus 24:16 : Leviticus 24:11; 1 Kgs 21:10, 13; Matt 26:65, 66; Mark 14:63, 64; John 10:33 Leviticus 24:17 : Gen 9:5, 6; Exodus 21:12; Num 35:31; Deut 19:11, 12 Leviticus 24:18 : Exodus 21:33, 34 Leviticus 24:19 : Exodus 21:23-25; Deut 19:21; Matt 5:38; 7:2 Leviticus 24:21 : Leviticus 24:18 Leviticus 24:21 : Leviticus 24:17 Leviticus 24:22 : Leviticus 19:34; Exodus 12:49; Num 15:16 Leviticus 24:23 : Leviticus 24:14

Second Reading: Lk. 12:54-13:17

Interpreting the Time

 54He also said to the crowds, (A) "When you see(B) a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, 'A shower is coming.' And so it happens. 55And(C) when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be(D) scorching heat,' and it happens. 56You hypocrites!(E) You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Settle with Your Accuser

 57"And why(F) do you not judge(G) for yourselves what is right? 58(H) As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59I tell you,(I) you will never get out until you have paid the very last(J) penny."[a]

Repent or Perish

 1There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood(K) Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2And he answered them, (L) "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3No, I tell you; but unless you(M) repent, you will all likewise perish. 4Or those eighteen on whom the tower in(N) Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5No, I tell you; but unless you(O) repent, you will all likewise perish."

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

 6And he told this parable: "A man had(P) a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none.(Q) Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?' 8And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

A Woman with a Disabling Spirit

 10Now(R) he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11And there was a woman who had had(S) a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your disability." 13And he(T) laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she(U) glorified God. 14But(V) the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus(W) had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people,(X) "There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day." 15Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites!(Y) Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16And ought not this woman,(Z) a daughter of Abraham whom(AA) Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?" 17As he said these things,(AB) all his adversaries were put to shame, and(AC) all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Footnotes:Luke 12:59 Greek lepton, a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)
Cross references:Luke 12:54 : Matt 16:2, 3 Luke 12:54 : 1 Kgs 18:43, 44 Luke 12:55 : Luke 12:54 Luke 12:55 : Matt 20:12 Luke 12:56 : Matt 16:3 Luke 12:57 : Luke 21:30 Luke 12:57 : John 7:24; 1 Cor 11:13 Luke 12:58 : Matt 5:25, 26; Prov 25:8 Luke 12:59 : Matt 18:34, 35 Luke 12:59 : Luke 21:2; Mark 12:42 Luke 13:1 : Luke 3:1 Luke 13:2 : Job 4:7; John 9:2; Acts 28:4 Luke 13:3 : Luke 5:32 Luke 13:4 : John 9:7, 11 Luke 13:5 : Luke 13:3 Luke 13:6 : Matt 21:19; Mark 11:13; Isa 5:2 Luke 13:7 : Luke 3:9; Matt 7:19 Luke 13:10 : Matt 4:23; Mark 6:2 Luke 13:11 : Acts 16:16; Luke 13:16 Luke 13:13 : Mark 5:23 Luke 13:13 : Luke 5:25; 18:43; Luke 7:16 Luke 13:14 : Luke 8:41 Luke 13:14 : Matt 12:2 Luke 13:14 : Exodus 20:9; Ezek 46:1 Luke 13:15 : Luke 14:5; Matt 12:11 Luke 13:16 : Luke 19:9 Luke 13:16 : Luke 13:11; Acts 10:38; 1 Cor 5:5; 2 Cor 12:7; 1 Chr 21:1 Luke 13:17 : Psalm 132:18; 1 Pet 3:16 Luke 13:17 : Luke 18:43


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