Sleepy Scriptures Episode Twenty Three

With two New Testament chapters from the Gospel of Mark, and four Old Testament chapters from Exodus, the Psalms and Proverbs, our gentle journey through the King James Bible continues with this episode. Read along as you listen using the audio player below, or just close your eyes and hear the eternal words of the Bible as you relax.

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Mark Chapter Ten

1: And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.
 
2: And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
 
3: And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
 
4: And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
 
5: And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
 
6: But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
 
7: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
 
8: And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
 
9: What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
 
10: And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.
 
11: And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
 
12: And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
 
13: And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
 
14: But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
 
15: Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
 
16: And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
 
17: And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
 
18: And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
 
19: Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
 
20: And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
 
21: Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
 
22: And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
 
23: And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
 
24: And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
 
25: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
 
26: And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
 
27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
 
28: Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
 
29: And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
 
30: But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
 
31: But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
 
32: And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
 
33: Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
 
34: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
 
35: And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
 
36: And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?
 
37: They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
 
38: But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
 
39: And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
 
40: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
 
41: And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.
 
42: But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
 
43: But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
 
44: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
 
45: For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
 
46: And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
 
47: And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
 
48: And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
 
49: And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
 
50: And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
 
51: And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
 
52: And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Mark Chapter Eleven

1: And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
 
2: And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
 
3: And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
 
4: And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
 
5: And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
 
6: And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
 
7: And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
 
8: And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
 
9: And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
 
10: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
 
11: And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
 
12: And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
 
13: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
 
14: And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
 
15: And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
 
16: And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
 
17: And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
 
18: And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
 
19: And when even was come, he went out of the city.
 
20: And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
 
21: And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
 
22: And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
 
23: For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
 
24: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
 
25: And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
 
26: But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
 
27: And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
 
28: And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
 
29: And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
 
30: The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
 
31: And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
 
32: But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
 
33: And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Exodus Chapter Thirty

1: And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.
 
2: A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same.
 
3: And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about.
 
4: And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal.
 
5: And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.
 
6: And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.
 
7: And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.
 
8: And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.
 
9: Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.
 
10: And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.
 
11: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 
12: When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
 
13: This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.
 
14: Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.
 
15: The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.
 
16: And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.
 
17: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 
18: Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.
 
19: For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:
 
20: When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:
 
21: So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.
 
22: Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 
23: Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,
 
24: And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin:
 
25: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.
 
26: And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,
 
27: And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,
 
28: And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.
 
29: And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
 
30: And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
 
31: And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.
 
32: Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.
 
33: Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.
 
34: And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight:
 
35: And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:
 
36: And thou alt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.
 
37: And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD.
 
38: Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.

Exodus Chapter Thirty One

1: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 
2: See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
 
3: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
 
4: To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
 
5: And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
 
6: And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;
 
7: The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle,
 
8: And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense,
 
9: And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot,
 
10: And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office,
 
11: And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.
 
12: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 
13: Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
 
14: Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
 
15: Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
 
16: Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
 
17: It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
 
18: And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Psalm Twenty Seven

1: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
 
2: When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
 
3: Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
 
4: One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
 
5: For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
 
6: And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
 
7: Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
 
8: When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
 
9: Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
 
10: When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
 
11: Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
 
12: Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
 
13: I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 
14: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Proverbs Chapter Twenty One

1: The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
 
2: Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
 
3: To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
 
4: An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
 
5: The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
 
6: The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
 
7: The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
 
8: The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
 
9: It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
 
10: The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
 
11: When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
 
12: The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
 
13: Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
 
14: A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
 
15: It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
 
16: The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
 
17: He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
 
18: The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
 
19: It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
 
20: There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
 
21: He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
 
22: A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
 
23: Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
 
24: Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
 
25: The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
 
26: He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
 
27: The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
 
28: A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
 
29: A wicked man rdeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
 
30: There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
 
31: The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

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