Sleepy Scriptures Episode Twenty Four

This episode comprises Mark 12 and 13, Exodus 32 and 33, Psalm 28 and Proverbs 22 for your edification and relaxation. Soft music and a soothing delivery of timeless truth.

Mark Chapter Twelve

1: And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
 
2: And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
 
3: And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
 
4: And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
 
5: And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
 
6: Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
 
7: But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
 
8: And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
 
9: What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
 
10: And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
 
11: This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
 
12: And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.
 
13: And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
 
14: And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
 
15: Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
 
16: And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.
 
17: And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
 
18: Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
 
19: Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
 
20: Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
 
21: And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
 
22: And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
 
23: In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
 
24: And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
 
25: For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
 
26: And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
 
27: He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
 
28: And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
 
29: And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
 
30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
 
31: And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
 
32: And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
 
33: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
 
34: And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
 
35: And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?
 
36: For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
 
37: David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
 
38: And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
 
39: And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
 
40: Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
 
41: And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
 
42: And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
 
43: And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
 
44: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

Mark Chapter Thirteen

1: And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
 
2: And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
 
3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
 
4: Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
 
5: And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
 
6: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
 
7: And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
 
8: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
 
9: But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
 
10: And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
 
11: But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
 
12: Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
 
13: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
 
14: But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
 
15: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
 
16: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
 
17: But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
 
18: And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
 
19: For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
 
20: And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
 
21: And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
 
22: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
 
23: But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
 
24: But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
 
25: And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
 
26: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
 
27: And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
 
28: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
 
29: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
 
30: Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
 
31: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
 
32: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
 
33: Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
 
34: For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
 
35: Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
 
36: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
 
37: And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Exodus Chapter Thirty Two

1: And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
 
2: And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
 
3: And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
 
4: And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
 
5: And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
 
6: And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
 
7: And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
 
8: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
 
9: And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
 
10: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
 
11: And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
 
12: Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
 
13: Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
 
14: And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
 
15: And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
 
16: And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
 
17: And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.
 
18: And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.
 
19: And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
 
20: And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
 
21: And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
 
22: And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.
 
23: For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
 
24: And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
 
25: And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)
 
26: Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
 
27: And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
 
28: And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
 
29: For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
 
30: And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.
 
31: And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
 
32: Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin — ; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
 
33: And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
 
34: Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.
 
35: And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

Exodus Chapter Thirty Three

1: And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
 
2: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:
 
3: Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.
 
4: And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.
 
5: For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.
 
6: And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.
 
7: And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.
 
8: And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.
 
9: And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.
 
10: And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
 
11: And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
 
12: And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
 
13: Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
 
14: And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
 
15: And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
 
16: For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
 
17: And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
 
18: And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
 
19: And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
 
20: And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
 
21: And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
 
22: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
 
23: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

Psalm Twenty Eight

1: Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
 
2: Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
 
3: Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.
 
4: Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
 
5: Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
 
6: Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
 
7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
 
8: The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
 
9: Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

Proverbs Chapter Twenty Two

1: A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
 
2: The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
 
3: A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
 
4: By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
 
5: Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
 
6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
 
7: The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
 
8: He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
 
9: He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
 
10: Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
 
11: He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
 
12: The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
 
13: The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
 
14: The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
 
15: Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
 
16: He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
 
17: Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
 
18: For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
 
19: That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
 
20: Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
 
21: That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
 
22: Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
 
23: For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
 
24: Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
 
25: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
 
26: Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
 
27: If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
 
28: Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
 
29: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

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