May 23rd, 2019

Thursday of Cantate (Easter 5)

First Reading: Lev. 24:1-23

The Lamp and the Bread of the Sanctuary
 1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 2"Command the sons of Israel that they bring to you (A)clear oil from beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually.

 3"Outside the veil of testimony in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall keep it in order from evening to morning before the LORD continually; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations.

 4"He shall keep the lamps in order on the (B)pure gold lampstand before the LORD continually.

 5"(C)Then you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake.

 6"You shall set them in two rows, six to a row, on the (D)pure gold table before the LORD.

 7"You shall put pure frankincense on each row that it may be (E)a memorial portion for the bread, even an offering by fire to the LORD.

 8"(F)Every sabbath day he shall set it in order before the LORD (G)continually; it is an everlasting covenant for the sons of Israel.

 9"(H)It shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place; for it is most holy to him from the LORD'S offerings by fire, his portion forever."

 10Now the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the sons of Israel; and the Israelite woman's son and a man of Israel struggled with each other in the camp.

 11The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the (I)Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moses. (Now his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.)

 12They put him in custody so that (J)the command of the LORD might be made clear to them.

 13Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 14"Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and let all who heard him (K)lay their hands on his head; then (L)let all the congregation stone him.

 15"You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, '(M)If anyone curses his God, then he will bear his sin.

 16'Moreover, the one who (N)blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

"An Eye for an Eye"
 17'(O)If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.

 18'(P)The one who takes the life of an animal shall make it good, life for life.

 19'If a man injures his neighbor, just as he has done, so it shall be done to him:

 20(Q)fracture for fracture, (R)eye for eye, tooth for tooth; just as he has injured a man, so it shall be inflicted on him.

 21'Thus the one who kills an animal shall make it good, but (S)the one who kills a man shall be put to death.

 22'There shall be (T)one standard for you; it shall be for the stranger as well as the native, for I am the LORD your God.'"

 23Then Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, and they brought the one who had cursed outside the camp and stoned him with stones. Thus the sons of Israel did, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Cross references:Leviticus 24:2 : Ex 27:20, 21 Leviticus 24:4 : Ex 25:31; 31:8; 37:17 Leviticus 24:5 : Ex 25:30; 39:36; 40:23 Leviticus 24:6 : Ex 25:24; 1 Kin 7:48 Leviticus 24:7 : Lev 2:2, 9, 16 Leviticus 24:8 : Matt 12:5 Leviticus 24:8 : Ex 25:30; Num 4:7; 2 Chr 2:4 Leviticus 24:9 : Matt 12:4; Mark 2:26; Luke 6:4 Leviticus 24:11 : Ex 3:15; 22:28; Job 2:5, 9; Is 8:21 Leviticus 24:12 : Ex 18:15; Num 15:34 Leviticus 24:14 : Deut 13:9; 17:7 Leviticus 24:14 : Lev 20:2, 27; Deut 21:21 Leviticus 24:15 : Ex 22:28 Leviticus 24:16 : 1 Kin 21:10; Matt 12:31; Mark 3:28 Leviticus 24:17 : Gen 9:6; Ex 21:12; Num 35:30, 31; Deut 27:24 Leviticus 24:18 : Lev 24:21 Leviticus 24:20 : Ex 21:23; Deut 19:21 Leviticus 24:20 : Matt 5:38 Leviticus 24:21 : Lev 24:17 Leviticus 24:22 : Ex 12:49; Num 9:14; 15:15, 16, 29

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

 54And He was also saying to the crowds, "(A)When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it turns out.

 55"And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, 'It will be a (B)hot day,' and it turns out that way.

 56"You hypocrites! (C)You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?

 57"And (D)why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?

 58"For (E)while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.

 59"I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last (F)cent."

Call to Repent
 1Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood (G)Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

 2And Jesus said to them, "(H)Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate?

 3"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

 4"Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in (I)Siloam fell and killed them were worse (J)culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?

 5"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."

 6And He began telling this parable: "A man had (K)a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.

 7"And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. (L)Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?'

 8"And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;

 9and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'"

Healing on the Sabbath
 10And He was (M)teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.

 11And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had (N)a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all.

 12When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your sickness."

 13And He (O)laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began (P)glorifying God.

 14But (Q)the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus (R)had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response, "(S)There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day."

 15But (T)the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites, (U)does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him?

 16"And this woman, (V)a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom (W)Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?"

 17As He said this, all His opponents were being humiliated; and (X)the entire crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things being done by Him.

Cross references:Luke 12:54 : Matt 16:2 Luke 12:55 : Matt 20:12 Luke 12:56 : Matt 16:3 Luke 12:57 : Luke 21:30 Luke 12:58 : Matt 5:25, 26 Luke 12:59 : Mark 12:42 Luke 13:1 : Matt 27 Luke 13:2 : John 9:2 Luke 13:4 : Neh 3:15; Is 8:6; John 9:7, 11 Luke 13:4 : Matt 6:12; Luke 11:4 Luke 13:6 : Matt 21:19 Luke 13:7 : Matt 3:10; 7:19; Luke 3:9 Luke 13:10 : Matt 4:23 Luke 13:11 : Luke 13:16 Luke 13:13 : Mark 5:23 Luke 13:13 : Matt 9:8 Luke 13:14 : Mark 5:22 Luke 13:14 : Matt 12:2; Luke 14:3 Luke 13:14 : Ex 20:9; Deut 5:13 Luke 13:15 : Luke 7:13 Luke 13:15 : Luke 14:5 Luke 13:16 : Luke 19:9 Luke 13:16 : Matt 4:10; Luke 13:11 Luke 13:17 : Luke 18:43


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