Day 40

Mark 12


12:1 He began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a pit for the winepress, built a tower, rented it out to a farmer, and went into another country. 

12:2 When it was time, he sent a servant to the farmer to get from the farmer his share of the fruit of the vineyard. 

12:3 They took him, beat him, and sent him away empty. 

12:4 Again, he sent another servant to them; and they threw stones at him, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. 

12:5 Again he sent another; and they killed him; and many others, beating some, and killing some. 

12:6 Therefore still having one, his beloved son, he sent him last to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 

12:7 But those farmers said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 

12:8 They took him, killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. 

12:9 What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers, and will give the vineyard to others. 

12:10 Haven't you even read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner. 

12:11 This was from the Lord, it is marvelous in our eyes'?"{Psalm 118:22-23} 

12:12 They tried to seize him, but they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spoke the parable against them. They left him, and went away. 

12:13 They sent some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians to him, that they might trap him with words. 

12:14 When they had come, they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you are honest, and don't defer to anyone; for you aren't partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 

12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give?" But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it." 

12:16 They brought it. He said to them, "Whose is this image and inscription?" They said to him, "Caesar's." 

12:17 Jesus answered them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." They marveled greatly at him. 

12:18 There came to him Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection. They asked him, saying, 

12:19 "Teacher, Moses wrote to us, 'If a man's brother dies, and leaves a wife behind him, and leaves no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up offspring for his brother.' 

12:20 There were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and dying left no offspring. 

12:21 The second took her, and died, leaving no children behind him. The third likewise; 

12:22 and the seven took her and left no children. Last of all the woman also died. 

12:23 In the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be of them? For the seven had her as a wife." 

12:24 Jesus answered them, "Isn't this because you are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God? 

12:25 For when they will rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 

12:26 But about the dead, that they are raised; haven't you read in the book of Moses, about the Bush, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'{Exodus 3:6}? 

12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are therefore badly mistaken." 

12:28 One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together. Knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the greatest of all?" 

12:29 Jesus answered, "The greatest is, 'Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 

12:30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'{Deuteronomy 6:4-5} This is the first commandment. 

12:31 The second is like this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'{Leviticus 19:18} There is no other commandment greater than these." 

12:32 The scribe said to him, "Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he, 

12:33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 

12:34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." No one dared ask him any question after that. 

12:35 Jesus responded, as he taught in the temple, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 

12:36 For David himself said in the Holy Spirit, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet."'{Psalm 110:1} 

12:37 Therefore David himself calls him Lord, so how can he be his son?" The common people heard him gladly. 

12:38 In his teaching he said to them, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long robes, and to get greetings in the marketplaces, 

12:39 and the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts: 

12:40 those who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation." 

12:41 Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and saw how the multitude cast money into the treasury. Many who were rich cast in much. 

12:42 A poor widow came, and she cast in two small brass coins,{literally, lepta (or widow's mites). Lepta are very small brass coins worth half a quadrans each, which is a quarter of the copper assarion. Lepta are worth less than 1% of an agricultural worker's daily wages.} which equal a quadrans coin.{A quadrans is a coin worth about 1/64 of a denarius. A denarius is about one day's wages for an agricultural laborer.} 

12:43 He called his disciples to himself, and said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, this poor widow gave more than all those who are giving into the treasury, 

12:44 for they all gave out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, gave all that she had to live on." 


 

Galatians 5


5:1 Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don't be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 

5:2 Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing. 

5:3 Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 

5:4 You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace. 

5:5 For we, through the Spirit, by faith wait for the hope of righteousness. 

5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision amounts to anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith working through love. 

5:7 You were running well! Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth? 

5:8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 

5:9 A little yeast grows through the whole lump. 

5:10 I have confidence toward you in the Lord that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. 

5:11 But I, brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been removed. 

5:12 I wish that those who disturb you would cut themselves off. 

5:13 For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don't use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. 

5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."{Leviticus 19:18} 

5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don't consume one another. 

5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won't fulfill the lust of the flesh. 

5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. 

5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 

5:19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 

5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 

5:21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 

5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,{or, faithfulness} 

5:23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 

5:24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. 

5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let's also walk by the Spirit. 

5:26 Let's not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another. 

 


Galatians 6


6:1 Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. 

6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 

6:3 For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 

6:4 But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor. 

6:5 For each man will bear his own burden. 

6:6 But let him who is taught in the word share all good things with him who teaches. 

6:7 Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 

6:8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 

6:9 Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up. 

6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let's do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith. 

6:11 See with what large letters I write to you with my own hand. 

6:12 As many as desire to look good in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised; only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 

6:13 For even they who receive circumcision don't keep the law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh. 

6:14 But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 

6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 

6:16 As many as walk by this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on God's Israel. 

6:17 From now on, let no one cause me any trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus branded on my body. 

6:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.