February 20

Lev. 9:7 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar and xoffer your sin offering and your burnt offering and ymake atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.” 

Lev. 9:8   So Aaron drew near to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.  9 zAnd the sons of Aaron presented the blood to him, and he dipped his finger in the blood and aput it on the horns of the altar and poured out the blood at the base of the altar.  10 bBut the fat and the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering he burned on the altar, cas the Lord commanded Moses.  11 dThe flesh and the skin he burned up with fire outside the camp. 

Lev. 9:12   Then he killed the burnt offering, and Aaron’s sons handed him the blood, and he ethrew it against the sides of the altar.  13 fAnd they handed the burnt offering to him, piece by piece, and the head, and he burned them on the altar.  14 gAnd he washed the entrails and the legs and burned them with the burnt offering on the altar. 

Lev. 9:15   hThen he presented the people’s offering and took the goat of the sin offering that was for the people and killed it and ioffered it as a sin offering, jlike the first one.  16 And he presented the burnt offering and offered it kaccording to the lrule.  17 And he presented the mgrain offering, took a handful of it, and burned it on the altar, nbesides the burnt offering of the morning. 

Lev. 9:18   Then he killed the ox and the ram, othe sacrifice of peace offerings for the people. And Aaron’s sons handed him the blood, and he threw it against the sides of the altar.  19 But the fat pieces of the ox and of the ram, the fat tail and that which covers pthe entrails and the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver—  20 they put the fat pieces on the breasts, qand he burned the fat pieces on the altar,  21 but the breasts and the right thigh Aaron waved rfor a wave offering before the Lord, as Moses commanded. 

Lev. 9:22   Then Aaron slifted up his hands toward the people and tblessed them, and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings.  23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and uthe glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.  24 And vfire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, wthey shouted and xfell on their faces. 

Lev. 10:1   Now yNadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, zeach took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered aunauthorized* fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them.  2 And fire bcame out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.  3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Among cthose who are near me dI will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” eAnd Aaron held his peace. 

Lev. 10:4   And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of fUzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come near; carry your brothers away from the front of the sanctuary and out of the camp.”  5 So they came near and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said.  6 And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar his sons, g“Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not tear your clothes, lest you die, and hwrath come upon all the congregation; but let your brothers, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning that the Lord has kindled.  7 iAnd do not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting, lest you die, jfor the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Moses. 

Lev. 10:8   And the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying,  9 k“Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.  10 You are to ldistinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean,  11 and myou are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them by Moses.” 

Lev. 10:12   Moses spoke to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his surviving sons: “Take the ngrain offering that is left of the Lord’s food offerings, and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for oit is most holy.  13 You shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons’ due, from the Lord’s food offerings, for pso I am commanded.  14 But the qbreast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed you shall eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you, for they are given as your due and your sons’ due from the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the people of Israel.  15 rThe thigh that is contributed and the breast that is waved they shall bring with the food offerings of the fat pieces to wave for a wave offering before the Lord, and it shall be yours and your sons’ with you as a due forever, as the Lord has commanded.” 

Lev. 10:16   Now Moses diligently inquired about sthe goat of the sin offering, and behold, it was burned up! And he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the surviving sons of Aaron, saying,  17 t“Why have you not eaten the sin offering in the place of the sanctuary, since oit is a thing most holy and has been given to you that you may bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord?  18 Behold, uits blood was not brought into the inner part of the sanctuary. You certainly ought to have eaten it in the sanctuary, vas I commanded.”  19 And Aaron said to Moses, “Behold, wtoday they have offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord, and yet such things as these have happened to me! If I had eaten the sin offering today, xwould the Lord have approved?”  20 And when Moses heard that, he approved. 

Mark 4:26   And he said, c“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; dhe knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once ehe puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 4:30   fAnd he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like ga grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Mark 4:33   hWith many such parables he spoke ithe word to them, jas they were able to hear it.  34 He did not speak to them kwithout a parable, but lprivately to his own disciples he mexplained everything. 

Mark 4:35   nOn that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.  37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves owere breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  39 And he awoke and prebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and qthere was a great calm.  40 He said to them, “Why are you rso afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, s“Who then is this, that even tthe wind and the sea obey him?” 

Mark 5:1   uThey came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.* 2 And when Jesus* had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.  3 vHe lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain,  4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him.  5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.  6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and wfell down before him.  7 And xcrying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, ySon of zthe Most High God? aI adjure you by God, do not torment me.”  8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is bLegion, for we are many.”  10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country.  11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside,  12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.”  13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea. 

Mark 5:14   The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened.  15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed* man, the one who had had cthe legion, sitting there, dclothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.  16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs.  17 And ethey began to beg Jesus* to depart from their region.  18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.  19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and ftell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in gthe Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. 

Psa. 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land

and pdwell upon it forever. 

Psa. 37:30    The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,

and his tongue speaks justice. 

31 tThe law of his God is in his heart;

his usteps do not slip. 

Psa. 37:32    The wicked vwatches for the righteous

and seeks to put him to death. 

33 The Lord will not wabandon him to his power

or let him xbe condemned when he is brought to trial. 

Psa. 37:34    yWait for the Lord and keep his way,

and he will exalt you to inherit the land;

you will look on zwhen the wicked are cut off. 

Psa. 37:35    aI have seen a wicked, ruthless man,

spreading himself like ba green laurel tree.*

36 But he passed away,* and behold, che was no more;

though I sought him, he could not be found. 

Psa. 37:37    Mark the blameless and behold the upright,

for there is a future for the man of dpeace. 

38 But etransgressors shall be altogether destroyed;

the future of the wicked fshall be cut off. 

Psa. 37:39    gThe salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;

he is their stronghold in hthe time of trouble. 

40 The Lord helps them and idelivers them;

jhe delivers them from the wicked and saves them,

because they ktake refuge in him. 

Prov. 10:6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,

but nthe mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 

7 oThe memory of the righteous is a blessing,

but pthe name of the wicked will rot. 

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