May 23rd, 2019

Thursday of Cantate (Easter 5)


First Reading: Lev. 24:1-23


 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.

 3Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.

 4He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually.

 5And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.

 6And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD.

 7And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

 8Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.

 9And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.

 10And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp;

 11And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)

 12And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them.

 13And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 14Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

 15And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

 16And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

 17And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

 18And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.

 19And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;

 20Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

 21And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.

 22Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.

 23And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.



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


 54And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.

 55And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.

 56Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

 57Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

 58When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.

 59I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

 1There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

 2And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

 3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

 4Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

 5I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

 6He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

 7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

 8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

 9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

 10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

 11And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

 12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

 13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

 14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

 15The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

 16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

 17And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.



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